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Shelf Life of Skin Care Products


By: Cat Juan-Ledesma

As much as we want to believe that our favorite skin care products will last a lifetime, it’s a sad truth that almost products have an expiry date and need to be tossed out after a number of years (sometimes even months). Here’s a list of products and when it’s time to bid them farewell:

Cleansers: these normally last up to one to two years. Watch out for a change in smell or consistency.

Moisturizers: a tube can last between 6 months to one year. The less preservatives it has, the sooner you’ll need to throw it out.

Serums: Between 6 months to one year as well. It’s also good to store this in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, because direct sunlight or hear might weaken its active ingredients.

Eye make up removers: Between 3-6 months. It’s important to be careful around the eye area and make sure bottle is always kept clean.

Face Masks: Can last between a year to a year and a half. Make sure jar or tube is always well sealed and product has not dried out or separated.

Foundation: 6-8 months. Watch out for any odd smells, discoloration, or separation of formula.

Blush: If it’s cream-based 6 to 8 months. If it’s powder-based around a year and a half.

Lipsticks: These can last up to 2 years unless you notice that they start smelling a little waxy or change in color and texture.

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