Beauty warning after Adelaide woman Shirley Potter 'blinded by mascara'
Beauty experts are warning make-up users of the dangers lurking in their cosmetics bags after the shocking case of an Australian grandmother who claims an old mascara blinded her.
Experts say eye make-up can become dangerous just six months after they’re opened, even if they still appear fine.
The case follows the case of Adelaide woman Shirley Potter, who used a mascara which had been sitting in a drawer for 20 years before receiving an eye infection.
By the time she realised the infection, she had been declared legally blind and she is expected to lose her sight completely within three years.
Flinders University opthamologist Professor Justine Smith said while cases such cases were rare, they carried an important warning for make-up users, many of whom were unaware their cosmetics had an expiry date.
“Bottles of make-up, like bottles of eye drops, have preservatives in them and preservatives there in part to stop bugs like bacteria growing in the bottle once the bottle is open,” she said.
“Over time that preservative starts to break down and within a few weeks it won't be so active and then bugs can grow,” she said.
New Idea’s director of fashion and beauty Sally Nolan said once the seal on make-up was broken, there was a risk of bacteria getting into the product, even if the product was stored with the cap on.
She said mascara users should be aware of a gasoline-type smell, which was a sign the product is starting to become old.
“A general rule of thumb is that product that you put around your eyes, they generally last about three to six months,” she said.
“Foundations and things like that, you can get about a year to 18 months out of them.”