How often do you check the expiration date on cosmetics and beauty products? If you don’t keep track of when you purchased and started using certain types of makeup and skin care products, you could be putting your skin at risk for developing breakouts, having an allergic reaction, or becoming discolored.
Expired makeup and other products need to be tossed when they reach a certain age. Many ingredients in makeup can become rancid, and some products run the risk of being contaminated by bacteria. Mold, yeast, and other organisms that enter your pores or touch your skin can cause a host of skin and health problems!
Let’s understand the possible side effects of using expired cosmetics.
1. The use of expired cosmetics may cause skin rashes, irritation and reddening.
2. In some cases individuals with sensitive skin develop allergic reactions.
3. The use of old mascara can lead to bacterial infection in the eye.
4. Expired lipsticks can cause swelling, itching and allergies in the lips.
5. The use of expired eye shadows leads to eye infections. At times an eye condition called the red eye can occur due to the use of old cosmetics.
Here is the maximum period of use for most important cosmetics:
1. Mascara: 3 – 6 months
2. Blusher: 12 – 18 months
3. Lipstick: 18 months
4. Foundation: 6 months
5. Eye shadow: 12 months
6. Liquid Eyeliner: 3 – 6 months
7. Shampoo: 24 months
8. Shower Gel: 24 months
9. Lip gloss: 18-24 months
10. Powder eyeshadow: 2 years
11. Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
12. Nail color: 1 year
13. Fragrance: 2-5 years