How long do skincare products last?

How long do skincare products last?

In the world of skincare, there is one aspect that is often overlooked: the silent ticking of an expiration date.

This detail, often neglected, is key to ensuring the integrity and efficacy of our cherished skincare products.

Have you ever wondered if your skincare products have an expiration date, much like your favourite snacks?

In the same way that fresh ingredients make for the best meals, fresh skincare products are the key to a healthy complexion.

In this guide, we’ll delve into the shelf life of skincare items, helping you make the most of your beauty regimen.

All beauty products expire

First off, it’s essential to know that all beauty products have a shelf life. Whether it's creams, serums, or our beloved Brightening Hero, each product comes with an optimal usage period for safety and efficacy.

How do you check the expiration date of your skincare products?

  • PAO Symbol: The open jar icon indicates the period after opening. It tells you how long the product remains effective after its first use. For example, "6M" means the product should be used within 6 months of opening.
  • Expiration Date: Any cosmetic or personal care product in Europe with a lifespan of fewer than 30 months must show a "best before the end of" (BBE). This is often the case with products containing active ingredients or those susceptible to degradation over time.
  • Batch Codes: These can be checked against manufacturer databases for expiration information, particularly if the product doesn’t have a clear PAO symbol or expiration date.
  • Texture, colour, and smell: Changes in these can also indicate that a product is past its prime.

Best before date and Brightening Hero

Brightening Hero correcting gel, emphasising minimal preservatives, typically has a shorter shelf life than other skincare products.

This is a testament to its quality and focus on providing the freshest, most effective skincare experience for fading hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne marks.

Do skin care products expire if not opened

Although unopened skincare products may last longer than opened ones, they will eventually expire. In general, skin care products last between 1 and 3 years after their production, depending on their ingredients and storage conditions.

To be sure, each product must be tested individually.

How can I make my beauty products last longer?

While understanding your skincare products' expiry dates is beneficial, incorrect storage can considerably shorten their shelf life.

  • Store products in a cabinet or drawer in a cool, dark place
  • Wash your hands before using products
  • Put the date of purchase somewhere on the package (this can be even more helpful than relying on the PAO date)
  • Ensure the cap is tightened or secured after each use
  • Avoid purchasing products in jar packaging. There's a complete risk of bacterial contamination with jars, as using fingers or other objects to extract the product can introduce bacteria
  • Store products away from direct sunlight
  • Clean brushes and beauty blenders regularly (with soap and warm water)

What happens if you use old or expired makeup?

When you use old or expired makeup, you can experience a variety of skin issues, including:

  • Irritation
  • Rashes
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness, etc.

The takeaway

When in doubt, throw it out! Not only will this help you stay safe and healthy, but it will also help you look fabulous!