What Happens to Your Face When You Use Expired Makeup?

We are all guilty of using makeup products that are way past their expiration date. Nobody wants to toss out products they’ve spent a large sum of money on before making the most of them.

Fair warning- old makeup not only works less efficiently but it can do major damage to your skin. The consistency of every product changes over time. The efficiency of active ingredients also becomes compromised over time. One must discontinue using any products when its texture or scent changes, the emulsion separates, or if it has been exposed to excessive heat or steam.

 The real danger lies in the truth that the molecules in these ingredients can break down into something else, leading to allergic reactions, irritation and inflammation.

Expired makeup also harbours bacteria. When it comes to your skin, this can mean irritation and bumps that look like acne. And when it comes to your eyes, this bacteria buildup can actually cause infections and pinkeye. As a general rule, one should replace their mascara every 3 months, eyeliner and eyeshadow every 6 to 12 months, and lipstick every one and a half years. Meanwhile, the average expiration date for foundation, powder, and other facial makeup is 12 months.

 

Synopsis- While it may be difficult to toss, old makeup can serve as a breeding ground for germs. We must be aware that effectiveness and pigmentation will fade over time and longevity of application will also reduce. Products, when opened, get exposed to air and therefore preservatives start to break down, allowing bacteria to form. If there is a change of smell, colour or consistency, it is time to throw it out- stat!

 



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