Expired cosmetics are a danger for your health
Only one in four women consider the expiration date of her cosmetic products, according to research. Other women put their health at risk by using cosmetics for several years, even if they start to smell funny or discolor.
At some point, aging cosmetics lose their effectiveness to fight bacteria no matter how careful you are when using it. But there are steps we can take to extend the shelf life of our cosmetics and protect ourselves from infections, like pink eye and skin breakouts.
The following tips lessen the contamination of makeup and extend its use:
- Use common sense.
- Basic hygiene is key: Before applying makeup, wash your face and hands with soap.
- Instead of directly touching your makeup by placing your fingers in the product, pour a little into your palm or scoop a little out with a disposable spoon or applicator.
- Don't share your makeup with others.
- Keep makeup containers tightly closed when not in use.
- Throw makeup away if the color changes or an odor develops (makeup has preservatives, similar to that in food, which can break down over time).
- Don't use water or, even worse, saliva, which could introduce bacteria that could easily grow out of control. If makeup has lost its original texture or consistency, the preservatives have probably broken down.
Here's a quick guide on the shelf life of your beauty products that have been estimated, but not set in stone:
If your products have expiration dates on them like many foundations, try and stick to the date rather than keep it forever.
- Mascara: 3 – 6 months
- Blusher: 12 – 18 months
- Lipstick: 18 months
- Foundation: 6 months - If it is in a jar, use a brush or sponge, because dipping your fingers in will contaminate it sooner.
- Eye shadow: 12 months
- Liquid Eyeliner: 3 – 6 months
- Shampoo: 24 months
- Shower Gel: 24 months
- Lip gloss: 18-24 months
- Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
- Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
- Nail color: 1 year
- Fragrance: 2-5 years
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