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Expired Cosmetics are a danger for your health

by Tavia

Only one in four women consider the expiration date of her cosmetic products, according to dailymail.co.uk. Other women put their health at risk by using cosmetics for several years, even if they start to smell funny or discolor.

Old cosmetics are a real danger to our health. Like the food, cosmetics expire and are dangerous if we are still using them. Over time, following contact with skin, lashes, lips, etc.., cosmetics accumulate bacteria, which multiply and come again on the lips or your skin.


Most women completely forget when they purchased a particular product and use it well beyond the period of validity, which results in the appearance of infections. Most sensitive are the eyes, followed by the lips, whose crazing or cracking of the skin surface contributes to “install” bacteria and occurrence of infections.

Four years ago, European Union asked the manufacturers of cosmetic which can be damaged after opening the packaging to write on the package information concerning the maximum period of use, starting from the first time you begin to use the product. However, the expiry date is still ignored and many women use mascara and eyeliner pencils well above the recommended 6 months of use.
Natural or organic cosmetics contain fewer preservatives or in some cases none, which means that their period of validity is much smaller.
Here is the maximum period of use for most important cosmetics:

  • Mascara: 3 – 6 months
  • Blusher: 12 – 18 months
  • Lipstick: 18 months
  • Foundation: 6 months
  • 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

Chemicals inside expired cosmetics are starting to deteriorate, and the result can be extremely harmful. Because women use about 20 beauty products a day, combination of various substances contained by these, some of them damaged, can be harmful to health.

According to geniusbeauty.com. if you use makeup products every day, your body can absorb through the skin over two kilograms of chemicals per year, according geniusbeauty.com.

The same survey quoted by Dailymail.co.uk revealed that women don’t read the list of cosmetic ingredients. Only one in four women frequently checks the ingredients of the cosmetics she buys, and over half of women do not consider necessary to read the list of ingredients if a product is natural.
I know it can be hard for you to let go a favorite product, like a favorite eyeshadow palette or lipstick, but try to think that after a few months this product that was your best friend can become your skin enemy. Anyway if you like a product so much I’m sure it will not resist until the expiration date written on the package.
Another advice could be: Don’t buy so many makeup and beauty products if you don’t use makeup everyday because you will not have the time to finish them before they become harmful for our skin.
So every couple of months try to look over your beauty products and check them, if they smell strange then it’s time to say goodbye.
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1 comment

gio October 27, 2009 - 4:49 pm

Great post! I always look at expiration dates and throw away beauty products if they smell weird or change color. Expired products aren’t effective anymore and can cause irritations. Thanks for linking to my post 🙂


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