In life, we are like Usain Bolt when it comes to throwing away food and medicines that we know are past their expiry date. But the question that needs to be asked in this context is that do we extend the same alert attitude to other items in our household as well? Why does this happen? Well, the most obvious reason, in this case, would be the fact that we do not really know that these items come with such an expiry date. This includes items such as loofahs, bras, and lipsticks as well. The effects of a lipstick past its expiry date can be really bad, to say the least.
They can cause your lips to itch, flake, and turn red. There could be swelling as well. These are all signs that you have become allergic to that particular product and the only way to lessen the pain and swelling would be a topical ointment. Dr. Apratim Goel, a laser surgeon and dermatologist say that using makeup products past their expiry date can be really bad for one’s skin. She says that in such cases it is always better if we can check if the texture or the smell of the product has changed or not.
If we fail to do so, Dr. Goel says, there could be a major infection such as oral herpes and other kinds of skin ailments. Normally makeup products do not come with an expiry date as such. However, this does not mean that they would last you an eternity. Dr. Shehla Agarwal, a dermatologist, also says that these products start to worsen upon coming in contact with body fluids as well as germs present in the atmosphere around us. This is why she prescribes that it is better to use these products as often as possible or just throw them away.
It is said that liquid lipsticks do not last for more than a year and the solid ones normally last two years. Dr. Agarwal says that most of these products normally contain oily substances such as lanolin derivatives and glycerin. Every time you use them they get dried out by the air and bacteria grow because of your saliva that touches the product. She also says that these products can also become stale and rotten in hot weather. She says that people need to be aware if they want such things in their mouth.
As far as makeup products are concerned eye products seem to be the next biggest offenders. Dr. Goel says that it is better to replace products such as mascara and kohl every 3 to 6 months. She states that a clear sign that your liquid liner or mascara cannot be used anymore is a clump or two. Normally in such cases, people use things such as acetone or water to make the product smoother again. What they do not realize is that this is only helping bacteria grow over there. This can actually lead to infections and inflammation in critical areas such as cornea and eyelids.
There could also be symptoms such as watering and redness of eyes and this might last a day or two as well. The best thing to do, in case such symptoms make their presence felt, is to wash the eyes off. Products such as makeup brushes and blender sponges can become poisoned as well. They can lead to breakouts by transferring microbes and dirt to your skin. The best way to keep them protected is to clean them on a regular basis by using vinegar solutions or even specialized solutions that are used to clean brushes.
It is also better if you store them in airtight containers, where they are not exposed directly to sunlight. In the kitchen too there can be plenty of items that are past their prime. For example, it could be that your chopping board is now full of germs and it can lead to issues such as indigestion as well. According to Dr. Jayshri Shah, who works as a gastroenterologist at the Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai, says that this can happen to equipment such as spatula as well. Wooden products are normally better off in these cases but the same thing cannot be said of their plastic counterparts.
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