Most women aren’t aware that beauty products such as mascara, that state they expire after three months, in reality go bad in about 6-8 week. We think no big deal right ? Wrong, using expired mascara can cause serious infection, or cause major styes. No woman ever considers the risk of double dipping her mascara wand, leaving bacteria to grow. One way to tell if your mascara should be thrown out, is if it flakes during application, or makes your eyes itch. So what other products could be expired in your bathroom? Here are a list of products to consider replacing on a regular basis.
Nail polish: most nail polish is good for about two years. After opening a bottle of nail polish, ingredients begin to evaporate. Once this happens we have that dreaded bottle of thick, un useable nail polish. If you must keep the nail polish, you can always add a nail lacquer thinner. It is not recommend to do so once the polish reaches this state, because the nail polish can harbor bacteria. These bacterias can cause fungal infections. This goes for dirty nail clippers, and files. Remember to always sanitize.
Lipstick: lipstick can always be a challenge to decide if it has expired, lip gloss as well. Keeping an eye on these items is important in order to prevent infections like coldsores. Also be cautious in sharing your lip colors with others. Most glosses last about six months, lipstick about a year. Signs to look for when deliberating to throw your favorite lipstick out is cracking, color change, and consistency.
Perfume: we all have that drawer or shelf, that harbors all our vastly outdated perfume, and body spray collections. It’s probably about time to throw them away when they appear to have changed in color, smell slightly different than originally purchased, and have residue build up around the spray nozzle. After time the perfume, if expired could begin to cause irritation to the skin.
Sunscreen: By now, we should all be aware of how important sunscreen is for protecting our skin. This item is a must have, but sometimes it goes unnoticed in our bathrooms. Sunscreen last about three years. While this is a long time, it’s important to not use it once it expires. After the expiration date sunscreen is no longer effective in preventing damage from harmful UV rays. The product itself will begin to change color and consistency as well.
These are just a few products that can be detrimental to your health, if using once expired. Be aware of what is in your bathroom, as well as the quality. You wouldn’t drink expired milk, so why put an expired beauty product on your face, that can cause irritation or infection? Check your products regularly to prevent any concerns. Keeping these items in a dry cool place, helps prolong their life spans. It’s better to be safe than sorry, when it comes to your beauty products.