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Look at Manufacturing and Expiry dates

Updated on November 25, 2016

Count your Ignorance

Most of the women do not know that make-up products have expiry date tools, and if they keep using it beyond its life, they are at risk of infection which might damage their beautiful skin.

There are cases that women are found using the old and expired cosmetic items like lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara, eyeliner and face powder, it's four years after its prescribed life. Like all materialistic things, medicines and other food items, cosmetics also have a life and need to be replaced after its permissible period or we can say that all such items should be thrown to garbage after its lifespan. If we use it after its expiry period, it may cause skin irritation owing to which a rough surface may develop on your skin which might take weeks to recover.

Some cosmetic products like mascara, lipstick, foundation and eyeshadows must be preserved at room temperature. Face creams and lotions should not be used on a longer basis as using it for more than one year will get it contaminated with bacteria. In fact, all the cosmetic items instead of keeping in a drawer or fridge should be kept in a dark, cool and dry place and not left at a higher or lower temperature failing which dust and germs can transform the makeup products. As a result, it will not only be harmful to your skin, but the makeup products if used will give a poor look beside getting severe skin diseases.

We, therefore, need to learn about the actual life of each of the makeup products we use, which is absolutely necessary to keep our skin healthy and beautiful.


Eyeshadows

Eyeshadows, eye liner and Kohl (a black powder put around the eyes to make them more attractive): Each application of these products increases the amount of air that creates the ground for bacteria leading to eye infection such as a pink eye that is not only painful but is also an expensive treatment. It is, therefore, imperative that all these three products should be replaced after every three months of its use.


Lipstick and Blush

Generally, life of lipstick is about two years, but it should be ensured that it is applied continuously only when it does not smell funny or the color gets odd. If so, the lipstick needs to be changed before every new season.

Foundation

An oil based foundation carries about 18 to 20 months life. But the liquid foundation has a life of one year. If the foundation turns dry and its color is changed after using it needs to be changed immediately before its expiry date.

Face/Talc Powder

The life of face powder and talcum powder is initially prescribed for two years. But it needs to be replaced when the powder begins to clump together. Though the risk of infection using the powder beyond its expiry date is very low, yet it is advisable that it should be changed before its expiry date to avoid any skin disorder.

Face Creams

Usually, the life of face cream stored in a jar is six to nine months and the same in the form of the tube has a life of one year. But the alpha hydro material used in the face cream gets concentrated every time you use it that causes an invitation to bacteria. So the cream should not be used beyond its expiry date.

Sunscreen Lotion

This lotion protects your skin from the sun- rays, keeping your skin free from its harmful effects. The ingredients in the sunscreen lotion, however, stop working after one year and applying it further on your face will give no useful result. So the change is a must after one year.

Sponges and Make up Brushes

The sponges and the make up brushes should be thrown to garbage after its frequent use, say one to two weeks for the purpose of skin protection.

Nail Polish

Similarly, using nail polish beyond one year of its manufacturing date is not advisable and, therefore, it should be replaced in time for healthy nails.

Perfumes and Deodorant

The fragrance of perfume and deodorant has also changed after its regular use. If you want to smell good out of the perfume or deodorant, you need to change it on time.

Tips for Handling your Cosmetics

It is always better to follow the instructions and manufacturing details that appear on the cosmetic package.

1. Always store the cosmetic products in a cool, dark and dry place.

2. Always ensure that the cap of the tube or jar is tightly closed to avoid exposure to bacteria.

3. Prefer to use tubes in place of the jar as it has a longer life than creams in a jar.

4. Never share your cosmetic items such as lipstick, eyeliner/shadows, mascara or lip balms with anyone else.

5. Always use branded make--up products for a pleasant look.

6. Try to stick to one and the same product as it is always beneficial for your skin.

7. Buy only sealed products, as in today's busy life, looking your best is a must and that is possible only with the help of original and branded products.

8. Do not get carried away with hefty discounts on the cosmetic items.

9. If you have any skin disorder from any of the cosmetic you are using, stop using it and consult your Skin Specialist and Dermatologist immediately for proper cure.

Additional preventive ways to keep your Skin Healthy

1. Always ensure that your body is dried up after showers and only then you should wear your garments.

2. Change your undergarments daily.

3. Talcum powder is used in your all body folds.

4. Never share your towels, caps, shaving items and combs, etc. with anyone else.

5. Comb your hair only when dried up.

6. Wear open sandals and shoes to air the fleet.

7. If someone in your family is suffering from fungal or skin infection, don't mix your towels or clothes with his or her clothes for washing.

8. Moisturise the skin well after a bath.

9. Avoid long showers with hot water. Instead, use lukewarm or cold water to bath.

10. Avoid wearing light fitting, rough or scratchy clothes.

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Expired cosmetics

The expiry dates given on the beauty products help protect us from the side effects of using old products. Once an item is passed its expiry date, the preservative can stop working giving you the risk of infections. There can be even some serious skin or eye problems due to expired cosmetics like allergic rashes, irritations, boils and infection. Eye infection is another possible issue, so eye related products need to be carefully maintained and thrown out after one year.

Women keep cosmetic products after its expiry date!

A survey conducted says that women keep products of make-up for six years after expiry date, leaving them at risk of infection:

Products

-6% of women admitted keeping eyeshadow for more than 14 years

-17% admitted to owning mascara 7-8 years old.

-7% confessed to having eyeliner more than 14 years old.

-12% of women claim they have kept their lipstick for 7-8 years.

-12% admitted to holding onto face powder for 6-7 years

Expired cosmetics

The expiry dates given on the beauty products help protect us from the side effects of using old products. Once an item is passed its expiry date, the preservative can stop working giving you the risk of infections. There can be even some serious skin or eye problems due to expired cosmetics like allergic rashes, irritations, boils and infection. Eye infection is another possible issue, so eye related products need to be carefully maintained and thrown out after one year.


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