FYI, this post isn't for the faint of heart.
I grew up thinking that food was the only thing that needed to get thrown out when it expired. Normal people also throw out cosmetics, lotions, pantry items, and medicines when they expire.
Why is this important? Because *this* is what happens when you have eczema and you put years-old hand cream on your hands.
I am never, ever keeping any cosmetics past their expiration date again. I don't care how much I spent on them.
Ask the medical librarian: Why did this happen?
Joanna the Medical Librarian says: In a nutshell, bacteria and fungi grow in cosmetics. Bacteria and fungi play a role in eczema. The chemicals in cosmetics also break down into other chemicals that aren't always great for the skin. For more info, see the FDA's page on expiration dates on cosmetics.
What caused this? Item 50, an old tub of moisturizer.
While I was at it, I found item 51, some blush samples...
From 1993. GAAAAHHHH!!!
The blush samples were free. The cream probably cost about $5. The Total Money Wasted on Junk total is now $213. I am absolutely okay with tossing those five bucks in the trash.