I wanted to share some beauty information as many young ladies are getting ready to go back to school soon. It’s written by Elizabeth Shimer Bowers and medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH.
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There are a number of reasons to do a sweep of outdated products — are you really going to wear that blue eyeshadow again? — but the most important reason is that old cosmetics pose a host of potential health risks.
“Most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable only for a limited period of time,” explains Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California and a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles. “After that, they start to break down, so your cream might not work as well, your makeup may streak or change color, or — worst case scenario — you could develop a terrible infection.” Here’s how to give your health and beauty arsenal a much-needed spring cleaning, any time of year.