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The truth about the expiry dates on your beauty products

By Fiona Embleton

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Even when it hurts, this is when it's time to throw out your skincare and make-up

It's always a sad day when the make-up we've loved hard starts to take a turn or, worse still, when that pot of line-erasing face cream looks a little mouldy around the edges. Past-its-prime skincare and make-up can at best be ineffective and at worst cause rashes, congestion and sensitivity. This is because oils (spreading agents) in the formula rise to the top, potentially clogging pores, while any bacteria transfers to your face. Remember, too, that powders typically accumulate less bacteria than liquids or creams, but there are also myriad ways to prolong the lifespan of your favourite products.


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