A new study has found that most women are putting their health as well as looks at risk by using cosmetic products that are at least four years out of date. The study carried out by Sara Stern, director of cosmetics at Debenhams, also said that old, discoloured lipstick, mascara and eye pencils could be a haven of germs.
"We wouldn't hesitate to chuck out mouldy or bacteria-ridden food and the same standards should apply to the lotions and potions and that we put on our skin. Beauty is timeless but unfortunately, products are not," Stern said, adding that British women were famously loyal to their products.
The 1,000 women aged 18 to 70, found that 68% of the women only replaced make-up items when they ran out rather than after their best before date passed by. Another 70% of the women never washed their make-up brush or sponge although it is recommended to do so once a week.
The survey also found that 60% shared make-up with friends, which was an open invitation to infections. "Make-up sponges are a particular haven for bacteria, especially if they are kept for a long period of time and are not washed. Again, it is best to keep them clean and replace them after a few months' use," said Bevis Man, of the British Skin Foundation