You should once and for all convince yourself that there is not a skin care product out there that does not have an expiration date. This means you have probably many old products forgotten in your bathroom. Products that might be the time to get rid of them.
Even though putting an expired moisturizer won’t make you sick in the same level spoiled milk can, it still affects your skin in a very bad way. Keep in mind that once a skin care product is opened, the clock starts ticking. This due to the fact the light exposure, bacteria, and air can significantly break them down. And by that, we don’t mean they lose their effectiveness. But they can even harm your skin and make you really regret using it for longer that you should.
We know you might really love certain beauty products. Also, they might have been quite expensive to get. But, if you’re really aiming for a healthy, beautiful skin, you should think twice before keeping a favorite skin care product for too long.
How to know when a product expires?
Well, when it comes to the expiration date, there is a problem. This problem that has been bothering women around the United States and many other countries for many years now. Unfortunately, there are not regulations or any requirements under the current law of the United States that requires every cosmetic manufacturer to print expiration dates on the labels of their skin care products.
This is one of the main factors that have made many customers hold onto their skin care products for too long. And this is what puts many of them at a big risk of infections, fungi, and mold.
The expiration date of each type of skin care product
● Sunscreens: Sunscreens are actually one of the few skin care products that are regulated by the FDA. They are REQUIRED to print their expiration dates on the packing. This is because, after the expiration date, the sunscreen’s protection isn’t guaranteed. It means, it cannot too fully protect your skin from the dangerous Sun rays.
● Zit Creams: When an acne treatment is old or expired, it is not as effective as it was in its younger days. And it can also promote many health and skin-related risks by exposing you to bacteria and other germs. If your zit cream doesn’t have an expiration date, keep in mind to not use it for longer than 12 months!
● Face Masks: as long as you keep the jar sealed, face masks can lust for about 18 months! If you notice your face mask is starting to crack and dry out, then, it’s time to buy a new one. Despite for how long you have been using it.
● Face Powder (face, bronzer, and blush): You can keep these makeup products for 18 months as well. But, beware, if you start seeing strange layers or the color is starting to change, then, you must get rid of it as soon as possible.
● Liquid Eye Products: This type of makeup product should not be used for more than 3 months! You don’t want to risk with your eyes right? Because if you don’t pay enough attention to this product longevity, then, a possible eye infection might be on the way.
● Foundation or other Cream-Based makeup products: These types of makeup products should not last more than 6 to 8 months. Did you know that one single month is more than enough for the foundation to start growing bacteria? It can present different skin issues and we’re sure you don’t want that.
● Pencil Products: Good news for pencil make up the product. They can last for more than 2 years If you keep them freshly sharpened.
● Lip products: These types of products can also last for more than 2 years.
● Hair Products: Most of the hair care products contain alcohol that plays a preservative role. For this reason, people don’t usually care that much for the expiration of hair products. But, if you shampoo or conditioner starts smelling weird, then, it is time to let them go…
● Nails: Nail products can last for up to 2 years. If you nail product’s expiration date has passed, then it can spread bacterial and fungal infections. So pay attention to their shelf life and look out for signs of spoilage.