An expired mascara has become the root of all problems for one grandma whose night was turned upside down after using the out of date beauty product.
It is not uncommon to have makeup sitting in your bathroom for years on end, and for many using it after all that time wouldn’t seem like much of a problem.
That’s what 50-year-old Shirley Potter thought, until a mascara, that had been sitting in her drawer for 20 years, caused her to go blind.
Speaking to That’s Life magazine recently, the Adelaide resident said it wasn’t long before she realised a two second decision to whip out the mascara before a fun night out with her daughters was one she would remember forever.
“Both my eyes were red and burning,” she explained.
“After about three days, I knew something was seriously wrong. It wasn’t just my eye, it was the skin down to my cheeks and into my eyebrow.”
While the grandma claims she is already legally blind in one eye due to a birth defect, around six months after she used the mascara it was confirmed she was also blind in the other.
After doing some research Shirley discovered how germs from your eyelashes can be transferred into the tube of the mascara, the beauty product was to blame.
Now six years later, the grandma can only see a pinhole-sized circle in the middle of her eye, making life all that more difficult.
Noticing Shirley’s story and realising the mistake that many are probably making, New Idea magazine Fashion and Beauty Director Sally Nolan wanted to warn others of the consequences of using old makeup.
“Foundations and things like that, you can get about a year to 18 months out of them.”
Although it is rare for people to actually go blind from using expired makeup, dermatologist Warren Weightman said the industry needs greater regulation.
“I think part of the problem is that if you look at a lot of cosmetics they don’t have expiry dates on them or they’re not clear or they’ve been rubbed off, so you may not know when the product expires,” he said to Channel 7.