When budgets are tight, it can be tempting to hold on to that bottle of foundation or tube of mascara for a little bit longer than you should.
Unfortunately, as well as looking a bit dodgy, your old cosmetics could be posing a health risk if they’ve been in your bag for longer than you can remember.
Here’s what you need to know…
Mascara and eyeliner
How long do they last?: Three to six months
Why should I bin them?: Liquid products provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and could give you a nasty eye infection. There should be a jar symbol on the packaging to show you how long it will last and it’s also important to look out for any changes in the scent of the product.
Foundation, powder and bronzer
How long do they last?: Foundations start to go off after six months, while powder products last between 12 and 18 months
Why should I bin them?: Expired make-up can cause everything from irritation and break-outs to rashes.
How long does it last?: 18 months
Why should I bin them?: Old lip products can be a breeding ground for cold sores, especially if you’ve ever loaned your lipstick to anyone. If there’s any change to the scent or texture, it’s best to toss it.
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