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Germs Hiding in Your Makeup

While watching a popular talk show on television a health and beauty expert on the show started complaining about women, who kept their makeup far too long and that this was a great health hazard. And that this is actually a common problem. Many women are needlessly exposing themselves to germs and bacteria. Take a look at your own makeup counter at home. Most women own several cosmetics that they keep because of strange attachments, sentimental reasons, or neglect.

For example, that bright red lipstick you purchased several years ago and wore to a party. Or that passion plum lip gloss purchased ions ago. Then of course that midnight black mascara wand is still sitting on your bathroom makeup counter since the last time you wore it three years ago! All cosmetic products produced in the United States are stamped with an expiration date. Don't believe it? Check it out! The expiration dates vary, but most last only a year max. And remember once the makeup hits the air, it's over. Exposure to the air causes rapid deterioration.

Germs and Makeup

According to dermatologist, older and expired makeup loses its effectiveness and might develop certain bacterias, fungus, and germs. This might lead to skin infections, eye infections or other illness. Take the time now to start going through your makeup and looking at the expiration dates. Open the bottles
and jars. Take a big sniff. If the product smells moldy, looks watery, or too thick, then it is time to toss it in the trash. Gather them up. Pour the liquid stuff down the sink. Rinse out the bottles and recycle. Toss the tubes and other non-recyclables in a bag and trash them.

Shelf Life

According to dermatologist these products stay fresh for three months or less. After three months toss them out.

These products have a six month shelf life

These products are good for up to a year, if tightly sealed.


Where are your cosmetics stored? Storage area affects the freshness and shelf life of the cosmetics. Did you know that cosmetics stored in the bathroom tend to deteriorate at a faster rate than those stored in the bedroom? The reasoning behind this is that the cosmetics lose freshness quickly in the high humidity bathroom. The best place to store your cosmetics is in a cool, dry place in the bedroom. For example, on the shelf in a closet or in a drawer that is specifically for cosmetics.

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