The food in your fridge seems to scream out when it’s time to toss it, but what about the beauty products that live in your bathroom? Sure, it seems like if they are still working, they are still worth hanging on to…but is that really the best rule to live by? Not necessarily. 

Here’s the most important thing you need to know to make sure your products aren’t past their shelf-life prime:

Guidelines Are Voluntary

The FDA does not require cosmetic manufacturers to print an expiration date on their products. However, most products are recommended to be tested for three-year intervals. Companies like to print premature expiration dates on their products so that the consumers buy more of their products.