There’s no doubt that skincare products can last a long time. Especially when a very little amount of the product goes a long way. However, some products do not have an expiry date, whether written directly on the bottle or not.
Most products, however, need to be replaced after a certain length of time. Certain ingredients can go bad, creating odd smells or weird textures, even before the expiry date. So, keep reading to find out how long you should keep your skincare products and what you should look for.
Lifespans of Skincare Products
Since there are not always expiry dates on products, it is important to have a guideline of when you should replace your products. So, here’s what you should know:
- Cleanser – 6-12 months
- Toner – 6-12 months
- Serum – 6-12 months
- Vitamin C Serum – 3-6 months
- Moisturizer – 6-12 months
- Eye Cream – 12 months
- Face Masks – 12 months
You do not want to keep your products after their expiry date. They might not be as effective and could possibly irritate your skin. If at any point your products irritate or damage your skin, make sure to replace them.
Can You Extend Lifelines?
While the above guideline should be followed, there are ways you can extend some products’ lifespans. Storing your products in a fridge is one way to help them last longer. Doing so keeps the formula intact as well as its chemicals balanced. There are mini skincare fridges you can purchase that will keep your products nice and cool. It is also very refreshing to put nice and cool formulas on your skin.
One other way you can preserve your products is by using a skincare spatula. There are some products that will come with a little spoon-resembling spatula that is used to scoop the product out of the container. This prevents any bacteria on your hands from getting in the container. It is much better to use and keeps the product healthy.
What Should You Keep An Eye Out For?
When you use your products, make sure you are keeping an eye on the formula and if there are any changes to it. You want to ensure what is going on your skin is safe and that all of the ingredients are still good to use. If there are any odd smells or textures, replace the product immediately. You do not want to risk any expired chemicals or formulas on your skin. You can always go to your local skin care store and ask a specialist if you should discard your product.
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