Friday, September 4, 2009

Old makeup is risk for eye infections.

The UK's Daily Mail (9/4) reports that a recent survey by Mintel revealed that three out of four women may be "putting their health at risk by using old cosmetics for several years, even if they begin to smell or" change color. According to "beauty analyst" Alexandra Richmond, "like food, cosmetics can expire and become dangerous to use." Since 2005, the EU has required that "all cosmetics that could deteriorate after opening" must "carry advice on when they will expire." In the UK, consumers "can simply look" for the "Period After Opening" symbol on packaging to determine "how many months the product will last." Many women "ignore this," however, and "continue to use mascaras and eye pencils after their six-month lifespan." Pointing out the dangers of this practice, Dr. Chris Flower, of the UK's Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, said that "eye-area cosmetics can become infected and cause problems for the eyes." (courtesy AOA)

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