Skincare products are an essential part of any beauty routine, helping us achieve healthy, radiant skin. However, it's important to be aware that these products have a limited shelf life. Using expired skincare items can lead to ineffective results or skin irritations. In this article, we will explore the significance of skincare expiry dates, why it matters, and how you can ensure the longevity and freshness of your favorite products.
Do skincare products expire?
yes, all skincare products have an expiration date. Just like any medication or food, skincare products contain ingredients that go bad over time. Once you open a product it’s shelf life will begin to decline. For some products this means they will no longer be effective but others could cause irritation to your skin.
Different types of expiry dates:
Every skincare product will have different expiry dates. some, like sunscreen, will have an exact expiry date whereas others will have a “period after opening” symbol (pictured below). Inside that symbol it will have a number and that number indicates how many months you can use it for once you’ve opened the product. With period after opening expiries I’d highly recommend writing the date you opened the product so you can easily keep track of when it has expired.
Signs your skincare has expired:
If your skincare product doesn’t have an expiry date on it you'll have to take matters into your own hands to figure out if the product you’re using is expired or not. According to dermatologists the 2 things to look out for include: changes to the consistency of the product, as well as differences in colour and overall appearance. So for example, if your moisturisers is usually white and thick and it starts to look yellow or have a watery texture then it’s time to chuck it in the bin.
How to keep your skincare fresh:
The best way to keep your skincare as fresh as possible is to keep it away from direct heat, light and moisture and to ensure you properly close bottles after each use.
In the pursuit of healthy, glowing skin, being mindful of skincare expiry dates is paramount. Using properly stored, fresh products ensures optimal efficacy and prevents potential skin complications. By understanding the significance of skincare expiry, following product guidelines, and implementing proper storage practices, you can prolong the lifespan of your beloved skincare items.