Expired makeup can damage your health
Thursday 17 September 2009
High-quality makeup can be better quality and give better results than cheaper brands – so sometimes it’s worth splashing the cash on something special.
However, those of us who justify the splurge by making it last years may actually be damaging our health.
According to new research, only one in four women actually take notice of use-by dates on make-up and toiletries.
This means three-quarters of women will use out-of-date makeup, even if it is starting to smell or discolour, which can lead to serious infection.
Beauty analyst Alexandra Richmond told the Daily Mail: “It is not simply a matter of products no longer performing to optimal standards. Old make-up can be hazardous to our health.”
“Like food, cosmetics can expire and become dangerous to use. There may be far more lurking at the bottom of your make-up bag than an old dried mascara.”
Shower gel and shampoo are some of the longest-lasting beauty products lasting up to 24 months once opened.
However, cosmetics can expire within as little as three months after being opened – mascara being the key player. Other ones to watch out for are foundation (six months), liquid eyeliner (six months), eye shadow and blusher (both 12 months).
Makeup that can be sharpened is considered to be healthier, with eye and lip liners having a potential shelf life of 24 months.
Richmond urges women not to forget about any cosmetic purchases to reduce the risk of them expiring.
To find out when products expire, look for a small jar symbol on the product packaging with a figure inside – that is the number of months in its lifespan.
The beauty expert added: “Repeated exposure to bacteria from the mouth affects lip colour cosmetics, while out-of-date mascara can raise the risk of infections.”
If that wasn’t daunting enough, supposedly ‘healthier’ makeup products containing natural ingredients can put you at a further risk.
“Natural and organic products containing fewer or no preservatives have a shorter shelf life than conventional products, and therefore potentially harbour higher levels of bacteria,” said Richmond.
“These latest findings highlight a lack of information available on cosmetic use-by dates.”
So if you want to stay looking fab even after the makeup comes off, keep an eye on those labels!
By Amy Duncan
How long do you keep your makeup?
Posted by charleey
RE: Expired makeup can damage your health
Charlotte 17 ,
Ohh my god i did not no that although i do get eye infections alot :/ . I keep my makeup for ages untill it runs out gosh i better start chuking things out then.
Posted 04/10/2009 21:04:10