Did you know there are many active ingredients found in your skin care products that are surprisingly fragile? After time, microbes and bacteria can take their toll on your beauty products. Be sure to pay attention to the expiration dates or you could end up causing your skin more problems. Below are Blush Med’s skin care tips for when products expire.
5 Signs Your Skincare Product Has Gone Bad
Here are a few general signs for knowing when your skincare product has gone bad:
- Change in color
- Difference in smell
- Separation of layers
- Change in texture
- Black, fuzzy spots have appeared
In order to make your skin care products last longer, you should store them in a cool environment. The active ingredients in your skincare products will deteriorate if they are exposed to excessive light and heat. So, make sure to keep them in a cabinet, drawer, or even the fridge. Additionally, keep your fingers out of the product as much as possible. There are many bacteria on your hands, so be sure to use another tool to scoop out the product so that you reduce the risk of contamination.
When Your Products Expire
We all buy skin care products that we do not end up using as often as we had originally intended. However, when you do finally decide to use them again, you may be worried that, after so much time, they may have expired. Skincare products do expire and can, not only become ineffective, but they can also harbor bacteria that could cause infections. Below are a few different types of products and a general guideline for their expiration dates.
If you subscribe to Birchbox or always find yourself with a drawer full of sample bottles, know that these little tubes are only meant for a one-time use. After opening, you should throw it out one day after opening.
Peels and Masks
Buffering agents in peels and masks can start to evaporate, making the active ingredients they are made of more of an irritant than a relaxer. Be sure to throw these out three months after opening.
The materials in acne products tend to decay quickly. Be sure to store them in a refrigerator to maximize the potency and throw out four to six months after opening.
Retinoid creams are made up of collagen that will die out after nine to eleven months.
These expiration dates can vary, but tend to be around one to two years. Keep sunscreens in a cooler environment and throw away any tube that has been left sitting in a hot car.
If there is an anti-aging ingredient included, throw out after one year. However, if there is no anti-aging ingredient, it will last a bit past the one-year mark.
These hearty exfoliates are made of virtually indestructible materials. However, over time, they can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Be sure to throw out these scrubs two years after opening.
With most skin care products, it is a “use it or lose it” mentality. It is important to store your cosmetics in a cooler environment away from heat, humidity, and sunlight. Additionally, we suggest washing your hands before using products, so you avoid contamination.
Blush Blends Skin Care
We’ve probably already told you this once, but we’re not big believers in off-the-shelf products, that’s why we created a completely customized skin care line that utilizes natural ingredients. Your product is made to order at our Blending Bar. Just select your base product, add medical grade boosters, and some aromatherapy, and we will ship it right to your door!
Blush Blends skin care products are also free of parabens, petroleum, sulfates, artificial dyes, and fragrances. So, depending on your prescribed needs, head over to the Blush Blending Bar for the only formula that makes sense. We will customize your skin care treatment for your unique beauty!
Blush Med Skincare Advantage
At Blush Med Skincare, we believe in individualized treatment for the best in Blushing beauty! Founded by medical director, Dr. Arleen Lamba, we provide medical grade cosmetic procedures and easy skin care programs to maintain your health and beauty! Find out more by calling 1-877-MD-BLUSH or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.