Your skincare products don’t last forever. Most products have a shelf life of just six months to one year. After that, they may not be as effective or could even irritate. So how can you tell when it’s time to toss your products? Here are a few tips:
Check the Expiration Date
It’s usually printed on the bottom or back of the product. If there is no expiration date, a symbol such as a jar with a number inside (indicating how many months the product is suitable for once opened) may be present. If you can’t find any expiration information, it’s probably time to toss the product.
Look for Changes in Texture or Color
If your skincare product has changed texture or color, it may be time to discard it. For example, a once-smooth lotion may become gritty, while a serum may vary from clear to yellowish. These changes can occur due to oxidation, which happens when the product is exposed to air. And while some changes in texture or color may not affect how the product works, it could be a sign that it’s no longer fresh.
Smell a Change
If your product has developed an off odour, it’s time to say goodbye. While some skincare products (such as essential oils) have strong scents that may change over time, a sudden change in odour could signify that the product has gone wrong.
Pay Attention to Your Skin
If you notice that your skin is becoming irritated or developing new blemishes after using a particular product, it could be expired. In some cases, products that have passed their expiration date can become rancid and cause irritation.
To sum it up, it’s essential to be aware of the expiration date of your skincare products and to look for changes in texture, color, and scent. If you notice any of these changes, or if your skin becomes irritated after using a product, it’s probably time to toss it and get a new one. These tips can help ensure that your skincare products are effective and safe.