Do Skin Care Products Expire Or Need To Be Changed?

Posted for Skin Care On June 12, 2009


Is it OK to keep using the same lotion as long as there is product in it?. Although all products have different shelf lives depending on ingrediants, eventually they all have to go at some point. Let’s lay out some basic reasons for freshing up your cabinet. Addditionally,

Shelf Life of Active Ingredients

Skin care products contain a variety of active ingredients that help relive specific skin conditions and enhance the overall quality of the skin. However, these ingredients have a definite shelf life after which they tend to degrade and lose potency. In fact, ingredients like Vitamin C can be so unstable that they get oxidized upon contact with air or sunlight. This makes the skin care product lose efficiency and hence not show any results.


There are 2 ways skin care products get contanminated. The first is contamination from your hands. You need to make sure you wash your hands before applying your moisturizers and anti-aging products. Secondly, skin care products need to be stored well in order to extend their shelf life. Often people handle skin care products carelessly and they get contaminated as a result of this poor usage. Thus, the product becomes ineffective and can evendamage the skin in some cases. Place your products in a dark space that has a constant temperature that is not too hot.

Ineffective Preservatives and Stabilizers

Skin care products contain certain preservatives and stabilizers in order to prolong their shelf lives and prevent bacterial infestation. However, sometimes these added preservative and stabilizers are so ineffective that they don’t even work on preserving the active ingredients of the product thus making them useless.

Accumulation of Occlusive Ingredients

Ingredients like silicones and mineral oil create a barrier and clogs the skin pores. Though skin care products contain only a small percentage of such ingredients, their regular use may accumulate a large portion of such substances that may further hamper the skin quality.

So, there are many reasons why you should keep trying out new skin care products. Even if you are not convinced you can always be game to experiment!

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