Your Old Mascara May be More Harm than you Think


Eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them & that bacteria is transferred to your mascara wand as soon as you use it. Although makeup contains preservatives to stop bacteria growth, the dark moist environment of your mascara tube is where bacteria thrives, & over time it will accumulate. This can lead to infections like pink eye and styes as well as fungal infections and overall general irritation.

Although most people don’t, it is important to pay attention to the expiration date of your mascara. Eye makeup (including liquid eyeliner) should be throw away 3- 4 months after opening it no matter how much is left in the tube. Or even earlier if you notice any changes in texture, color, or smell as this may indicate bacteria growth. If you find you are not using a whole tube in 3-4 months try buying travel size options to avoid waste.

Some other tips to avoid eye problems when using makeup

  • Never share eye makeup, by sharing eye makeup you are passing bacteria  from one person to the next which could result in infections like viral pink eye
  • Remove makeup at the end of the day to avoid build-up of bacteria on your face and eyes
  • Replace makeup after any eye infection, as well as avoid using eye makeup while experience and eye infection or rash, this will contaminate your makeup and spread bacteria
  • Wash hands before applying makeup any bacteria on your hands will be transferred to your eyes and makeup when applying.
  • Make sure you are using a clean tool when it comes to applying eye makeup to avoid infection


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