Sunday, August 8, 2010

Toss Old Lipgloss

Do you remember how long all of those tubes of lip glosses you own have been around? Well, you might want to. Every time you let air into a lip gloss tube and double-dip the wand (contaminating the formula with saliva), you create an environment in which bacteria can thrive. Toxicologist Joe DiNardo suggests tossing gloss after six months (when preservatives have likely degraded). You could date every tube with a Sharpie, or consider Cargo's new glosses, which have an indicator strip that turns red nine months after it has been opened. It's an easy way to know when your gloss could be giving you more than a dose of shine.

16 comments:

  1. I took a bunch of MAC lip glosses and back to MAC them for that very same reason. Great post xx

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  2. OMG I had no idea! Time to clean out my makeup case.

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  3. Oh Wow! That is rather disturbing to think about!

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  4. ewww! that's really gross. but it makes sense. ahh. good thing it's a cheap item!! just toss and replace.

    allisterbee

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  5. Eww that's really disgusting. I don't keep mine for long, it's a great excuse to buy new stuff :-)

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  6. Euu! Imagine applying bacteria. Okay, I didn't need to say that and make your stomach churn some more!

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  7. I have been in love with those Cargo lip glosses since they were first released - I even wrote about them on Cafe Fashionista at the time - they are phenom!! :)

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  8. gross but so true. This is why I like to only have 2-3 lipglosses at a time. If I buy too many then I never end up using them as often and then they need to be discarded!
    naina

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  9. So true! I never keep them for very long.

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  10. Now i have to go through my much loved lip gloss container and toss toss toss.

    Thanks i think. haha

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  11. oh my...this is a sad news for all my millions of lipglosses! but good to know!
    Catita

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  12. Sounds like an excuse to go lipgloss shopping! Really it's for my health and well being...

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  13. Interesant post! I have answer your question in my blog...Kisses!

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  14. Wow thank you. I did not know that. Learn something new every day. Guess Ill be cleaning out my purse and makeup bag.

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