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Old Cosmetics, Skin Care Present Health Concerns for Clients
Posted: February 25, 2010
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Despite European Union guidelines stating that brands have to state product shelf lives, 89% of respondents said they were unaware that such information exists, did not understand what the symbol meant or were unable to read the often tiny writing. Makeup, perfume and skin care products used after the expiration date carry a risk of irritation and infection, Debenhams said. This is due to air and bacteria infiltrating the products. Multiuse products carry an even higher risk as they can spread germs from eyes to skin to lips.
To add to the shock factor, 60% of respondents admitted they shared makeup with friends and family, multiplying the chances of infection. More than two-thirds of women (68%) said they only replace makeup and skin care when they run out, however long that might take. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed (72%) never wash their makeup sponges or brushes, even though they should do so at least once a week, and 81% of British women also regularly (at least once a week) go to sleep without removing makeup.
Bevis Man of the British Skin Foundation said it was not always obvious when makeup had passed its prime, so it may not occur to people to replace their products. "It is best to err on the side of caution and if a product looks or smells strange, it is worth throwing it away."
Reuters, February 24, 2010