Can Your Makeup Make You Sick?

Cosmetics, sometimes like boyfriends, have a shelf-life.
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Can Your Makeup Make You Sick?

Cosmetics, sometimes like boyfriends, have a shelf-life.

-Sustma Patel

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It’s spring and there is no better time to clean out your makeup kit. Cosmetics: skin care and makeup aren’t meant to grow old with you. Products are developed to last only a year or two.

Unlike food, cosmetics aren’t required to have an expiration date on their packaging. Most products have a symbol on the back of the product with a number that signifies the amount of months you can use the product before you have to throw it away. Try to keep track of when you opened it. You can either write down the purchase or open date on a sticker that you can then place on the item as a reminder.

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However, contamination can occur at any time, since makeup is always in contact with germ-prone areas like your eyes, mouth and fingers.

If you know how to take care of your cosmetics, your makeup should serve you well. Store cosmetics in a cool, dry place outside the bathroom to extend their shelf life. But use common sense: In general, always toss anything that has changed color or consistency or has a bad odor. In other words, if your gloss is goopy, your nail polish is separating, or your lipstick has a funny smell, it’s time to bid it adieu.


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