Is YOUR eyeshadow a breeding ground for bacteria?

Women keep make-up for six  YEARS after expiry date – leaving them at risk of infection

By Deni Kirkova, Daily Mail, 9.1.13
 

A new survey reveals British women keep hold  of their make-up products for six years after they go off – behaviour that could  potentially be a ticking health time bomb.

Many Brits are holding onto their make-up  treasures much longer than the use-by date, exposing them to toxins and  bacteria, which lead to unnecessary breakouts and risk of eye  infections.

Eyeshadow was revealed as the item that  spends the longest time languishing at the bottom of make-up bags, with women  keeping hold of them for seven years – nearly six years too long.

 
Many women don't know they should bin their mascara after just four months

Many women don’t know they should bin their mascara  after just four months

Eye shadow t is also one of the worst  culprits for spreading infections as it is applied close to the eye.

Next worst was lipstick and liquid  foundation, which are kept for 4 years, and over 3 years respectively, which is  more than three years longer than they should be kept.

Mascara is one of the worst culprits for  spreading eye infections and was seen to be kept nearly two years past its use  by date, and eyeliner is kept three years too long on average.

The most frequently replenished beauty  products were face powder, blusher and bronzer but even they were kept a year  longer than they should be according to the survey.

 
Eyeshadow came up trumps for the most hoarded item at the bottom of women's make-up bags

Eyeshadow came up trumps for the most hoarded item at  the bottom of women’s make-up bags

Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor at Escentual.com  who carried out the survey, said: ‘We’re all guilty of clinging on to lip and  eye colours in the hope they come back into fashion but make-up can easily  become a breeding ground for bacteria like satphylococcus aureus and  staphylococcus epidermis.

‘Mascara is one of the worst culprits for spreading  eye infections’

‘Beauty products that surround the eye hold  the greatest risk of infection and can cause bacterial conjunctivitis and  blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid.

‘So it’s alarming to learn that British women  are holding onto eyeshadow more than five years past the expiration  date.

‘Liquid foundation, blusher, bronzer,  concealer and face powder past expiration dates can clog up pores with bacteria,  which can cause irritations, break-outs and rashes.’

Emma  Leslie’s top tips to keep your make-up fresh

If your cosmetics  smell bad or have changed colour, throw them out

Check the expiry date on the packaging. It’s  usually in the open tub symbol with a number followed by an ‘M’ – this is the  number of months until expiry from the date the product is first used

Store your  cosmetics in a cool dark place to preserve them for longer

If you don’t remember the last time you used  it, then bin it

In the most extreme cases – six percent of  women admitted keeping eyeshadow for more than 14 years.

Seventeen per cent admitted to owning mascara  seven or eight years old and seven percent of respondents confessed to having  eyeliner more than 14 years old.

Women have an average of three to six  lipsticks at one time, and lipsticks are kept for an average of four years and  eight months – which is more than three years past the expiry date.

These can be a breeding ground of cold sores,  especially if women have ever shared their lipstick, and 12 percent of women  claim they’ve kept their lippy for seven to eight years and five percent for 10  to 12 years.

Even with face powder, the least hoarded  beauty item, a substantial 12 percent admitted to holding onto the product for  6-7 years.

The  maximum amount of time you should keep each product

Eyeshadow…………………………………………………………………………………one  year

Lipstick………………………………………………………………………….one  year six months

Liquid  Foundation…………………………………………………………………….six  months

Eyeliner……………………………………………………………………………………….one year

Mascara…………………………………………………………………………………four months

Concealer………………………………………………………………………………..eight months

Blusher and  Bronzer…………………………………………………………………..two years

Face Powder………………………………………………………………………………..two years

 

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