You’ve just discovered that your favorite moisturizer and anti-aging serum have an expiration date. If you’re like many women, you can even use it sparingly to make it last longer. (It is sometimes referred to as the “plastic in the lamp shade” syndrome. If you leave the plastic on, the screen may stay new indefinitely.) It never ceases to amaze us to hear this from customers. Declaring that you still have some serum left in the bottle a year later is no reason to celebrate. If you are guilty of this, we have two words for you. Use it! It can’t help you sit pretty on your bathroom shelf.
Some guidelines on how long you should keep skin care products.
Moisturizers and facial serums = 6 months to 1 year (for the care of fragile skin with a high degree of active ingredients … we recommend using the product in 2 months, once you have opened the product). Most products are packaged in quantities that are best suited to specialized ingredients and, based on their instructions for use (i.e. daily), will run out within a few weeks after normal use.
Toners, Moisturizers = up to 1 year
facial cleansers = up to 1 year
facial scrubs = up to 1 year
If you have products that you’ve been using beyond your prime … don’t put them in your face! In fact, it may be causing some skin problems you’re trying to get rid of. Expired beauty products can put your skin at risk of contamination. How can you tell if there is no expiration date on the packaging?
the product has changed color
is separate or feels different
use your nose … does it smell bad?
Is your product labeled “preservative-free” … (preservative-free, contamination can occur quickly).
Today, many “clean” skin care products contain paraben / formaldehyde free preservatives at the lowest possible level for your safety and peace of mind. In this way, you can get the inherent benefits of a “natural” skincare product, without sacrificing the safety aspect of a shorter shelf life. General rule … if it looks strange and smells bad or if it’s been hanging forever by the pretty jar … it’s time to throw it away. Remember also; if you have a full bottle waiting to be opened while your open bottle passes its expiration date; You now have two jars that are aging. Discard the old and continue with the new. Your skin will thank you.
Do not compromise the health of your skin.
Melanie Hemsworth has spent the past 20 years researching and researching ingredients, applications, and skincare regimen to better understand what really works and what doesn’t work on the skin. Their website http://www.wispcollection.com is the culmination of this study, offering a full line of clean, healthy and non-sensitizing skin care products and tips.
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