Living on a minimal college student’s budget for the past four years did not give me much excess cash to spend on new makeup. I’m pretty sure that I have been using the same mascara for over a year. Gross, I know. But seriously, who has the money and time to keep track of when you should get rid of a tube of mascara or lipstick?
Well, according to a new study done by the College of Optometrists, girls probably should make more of an effort to keep makeup updated because of the health risk it poses.
“Old lipsticks and mascara brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria and the study has discovered that many women are not aware of the risks and do not follow sell by date guidelines. As many as nine out of 10 women are putting their health at risk by using out of date make-up.” FemaleFirst. Guilty as charged.
When I really think about it, I guess it does make sense. I would never eat outdated food because of the bacteria just because I’m too lazy to go to the store, so why would I want to put old makeup onto my body?
FYI: that trusty mascara tube that I’ve been using is definitely long overdue to be thrown out. I found out that mascara expires the fastest and should be thrown out after 4 months. Whoops.
Needless to say, it may be a good idea to use the summer to refresh and clean out your makeup bag. Your skin will thank you in the long run.