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Is Your Make-Up Bag Posing A Health Risk?

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…

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.

YSL Volume Effect False Lash Shocking Mascara (€34)
YSL Volume Effect False Lash Shocking Mascara (€36)

 

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.

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Foundation (€34)

 

Lipstick

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.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick (€10)
NYX High Voltage Lipstick (€10)

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