I don’t know about you but I would think that half of what I own is expired. Whether it’s an actual date or pants that I should burn at the stake, something is expired in my life. Though I will say, moving states forces you to get rid of every single condiment, so things are looking up when it comes to the sheer volume of expired crap.
So while with most everything, you could find some sort of expired product, I’m actually fairly good at using and getting rid of skincare products. I tend to not want all those extra bottles and tubs lying around underneath the sink. It just makes it harder to get to the good stuff, but I certainly have one or two that could use a toss. And there’s already enough going on in my cabinets as many loyal Cheeky’s know.
While tossing out expired skincare products certainly makes room for bigger, better and newer ones, there’s actually a reason why expired skincare products may actually be bad. Sure, you probably could get away with that expired Pepto Bismal and be fine (been there done that… anyone?!), using expired products on your skin can do some harm.
The main problem with old products is that they actually breakdown and decompose. So think separating… the chemicals separate and work entirely different than they’re supposed to and cause all sorts of havoc on your skin. In fact, you can actually get burns, irritation, bacteria growths, viruses and even cause a herpes outbreak. My god… BRB while I go check every single skincare product. I may as well check the damn spices…. lord knows how long I’ve had that nutmeg (why does every recipe call for like 1/16 of nutmeg…You can never get rid of it.)
Okay back, how about you!?
If you haven’t left quite yet, it may be a great time to discuss ‘general rules’ when it comes to your skincare products and their expiration dates.
Soaps & Cleansers
Shelf life: They can last for years if remained unopened. Once you’ve broken the seal, you can still use them for up to a year.
Is it bad?: If you see the product separating or if the texture and smell is a little iffy, it’s probably good to toss it out.
Shelf life: 2 years, assuming it’s a quality sunscreen. You can open this one and it will still last that long. One caveat is that if it’s exposed to heat, you’ll definitely have to expect it to expire more quickly.
Is it bad?: If it starts to change texture or smell funky, get rid of it. Another thing to look for is the coloring… if it starts to yellow, toss it!
Shelf life: A goody will last up to a year after opening and will continue to last and be just as strong as the day you opened it.
Is it bad?: This guy will start to smell bad or a difference in color, then you’ll want to kick that moisturizer to the curb.
Shelf life: This is tricky… so in general, serums can last up to a year after opening. However, if it has vitamin C in it for example, that particular ingredients potency will decrease over time. So, I would honestly suggest trusting it for less than a year, but that’s just me.
Is it bad?: If it smells sour or even like a crayon, it’s time to toss it.