Skincare Shelf Life

skin care lifeGenerally, most skin care products guarantee safety and freshness for one year. Some will last up to two years and some will last less. Some products will have a symbol of an open jar with a number followed by the letter “M” to indicate how many months the products will last after it’s been opened.

 

Tips to getting the longest life out of your skin care products:

 

  • Write the purchase date with a marker on the bottom of the jar or bottle. Whether the product has the month symbol on it or not, the difficulty will always be that you won’t recall when you purchased the product so writing it on the jar is a fool-proof way to remember.

  • Keep your products away from light and heat. This definitely helps to preserve the product for longer since active ingredients can be compromised when exposed to heat and light. Store them in a drawer or cabinet.

  • Have clean hands before dipping your fingers into a jar. Some skin care products should be formulated with a strong preservative system so there shouldn’t any worries about using your fingers to get a cream or mask out of a jar. But it’s still good to make sure you hands are clean. Usually when a cream or mask is applied, it’s after cleansing your face so generally your hands are clean anyway.

  • Optional: Refrigerate your skin care products. If you aren’t using a product on a regular basis and want it to last, you can always store it in the refrigerator. This generally will help to maintain its freshness for longer.

  • Keep the caps closed tight. It’s a fact that air will break down active ingredients more rapidly, so make sure the caps are closed tightly.

 

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