Spring is For Cleaning – That Means Your Make-up Drawer Too!

00309636When tax day passes, we know spring is here and so are the common tasks that fall under spring cleaning.  But there are some items in your house that might not get the focus they need and have attracted more than dust over the months.  A recent study focused on use of expired products such as mascara and make-up (and it is probably true for old skin care products).

The study showed:

  • 98% of women in the study reported using expired products, most often mascara.
  • A sanity check of what study participants actually had on hand showed 7 out of 10 women had expired products that they were currently using (Shocking!!!  Please check your handbag and bathroom drawer immediately and give them a good Spring cleaning!!!).
  • Of the contaminated products, almost 80% had staph bugs in it (better than poop bugs for sure, but not what you want on your skin).
  • Of the contaminated products, 13% had  the rather nasty P. aeruginosa  known to do everything from causing infection & hot tub rash to a more benevolent task of breaking down of tar balls after oil spills (there has to be a better way to control that facial shine!).   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudomonas_aeruginosa

MOTTO: If it is old, Throw It Out! 

PAO_Symbol_12MMake a mark on the calendar or on it the product itself as to when you started using it so you have an idea of how long it has been opened.  A lot of products now have a PERIOD AFTER OPENING symbol on their packaging as a recommendation to how long they suggest using it after opening it.  It looks like this (to the left).


According to the results obtained 97.9% (43/44) of participants reported that they use or have previously used makeup after the expiration date, with mascara being the most frequently mentioned product.

It was observed that on the sample collection date 70.5% (31/44) of the students had some type of expired makeup.

The microbiological analysis of 40 mascara samples revealed 2.54 ± 1.76 104 UFC/ml bacteria and 2.55 ± 1.54 104UFC/ml fungi. Analysis revealed the presence of S. aureus in 79% of samples and of P. aeruginosa in 13%.