Queen Anne resident Stacya Silverman and her cross-country business partner Alissa Schoenfeld developed a product called Beauty Alert!, which was featured in The New York Times Fashion & Style section yesterday, Thursday, April 29. Beauty Alert! packages provide specially designed stickers based on four categories of cosmetic products and their lifespans, notifying users of the date their product will expire after first use.
Once cosmetics are opened, the spoilage process begins, reducing their effectiveness and allowing bacterial growth that can cause irritations or infections.
Though expiration dates on cosmetics products are not required to be posted on the labels by the F.D.A., Silverman says products have both a storage shelf life and a home life span. Bacteria can build up in products during the latter and can become unsafe to use.