All beauty products – face creams, makeup, shampoos – have an expiration date.
If a skincare product is used after the expiration date, you may notice one or more of these things – change of colour, change of smell, skin irritation that you normally don’t get from that particular product and even bacterial infection.
Think of it this way: if you drink e.g. an expired milk, you, most likely, will experience nausea or diarrhea. Same with beauty products. The bad product will negatively impact your skin.
If you are confused about how long can you keep an unopened product, how long can you use an opened product & how to tell how old is the product, then this post is just for you!
HOW LONG DO SKINCARE PRODUCTS LAST UNOPENED?
Answer: 1-3 years.
It depends on different factors:
- How is the product stored? If you keep your beauty products in a cool & dry place, they will last longer.
- What kind of product is it? If it has a creamier consistency e.g. a face or eye cream, it will last a shorter period of time (1-2 years). If it is a dry product e.g. eye shadow, it will last longer (2-3 years).
It is just a general guide. NOTE: IF YOU SEE THAT THE PRODUCT HAS DIFFERENT ODOUR, COLOUR OR CONSISTENCY (BECOMES MORE RUNNY OR LUMPY), THROW IT OUT (REGARDLESS IF IT HAS BEEN ONLY A YEAR, 6 MONTHS OR EVEN A SHORTER PERIOD OF TIME).
HOW LONG CAN YOU USE AN OPENED PRODUCT?
Answer: This is, actually easy to tell. Beauty product manufacturers have ensured that this information is put on product packaging.
But, again, IF YOU SEE THAT THE PRODUCT HAS DIFFERENT ODOUR, COLOUR OR CONSISTENCY (BECOMES MORE RUNNY OR LUMPY), THROW IT OUT (REGARDLESS OF WHAT MANUFACTURER INFORMATION SAYS).
HOW CAN YOU TELL HOW OLD THE PRODUCT IS?
If you wish to find out how old is the product, since its manufacturing, you have get this information from the product’s manufacturing code.
Once you have found the code, you have to find a batch code analyser, where you can enter the code.
I used this one: http://checkcosmetic.net/
Below, I have given you information about how to find the manufacturing code & step by step instructions about how to find out how old your product is using the batch code analyser site provided above.