Expiration dates of beauty products can be a bit tricky, especially for all-natural products such as SkinOwl. We’ve all been guilty of using products way past their prime and hoarding ancient beauty favorites in our bathrooms for ages. But using expired beauty products can actually be really bad for you, so here are some answers to common questions about the lifespan of all-natural beauty products.
Why do All-Natural Products Expire Faster than Regular Beauty Products?
All-natural products use pure ingredients from plants, flowers, and foods to create their potent and effective formulas. And just like the food we eat and store in our fridges, these ingredients go bad rather quickly in comparison to processed foods made to last.
Natural beauty products don’t use chemical preservatives, such as parabens, which are really good at preserving, but terrible for your skin and health. Because of this, all-natural beauty products can more easily become contaminated with bacteria and yeast after a while.
What’s Wrong with Using Expired Beauty Products?
Expired beauty products can contain bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microbial organisms which can cause sensitivity, breakouts or even skin or eye infections when introduced to your skin. Also, expired beauty products simply don’t work as well as fresh, new ones because their once powerful ingredients have lost their potency.
How Do You Know When a Product Has Gone Off?
There are three major signals that can tell you if your beauty product has expired. Firstly, smell it. If the product smells weird and different than it did when you purchased it, toss it. If the product has separated, toss it, unless the packaging says to shake it or if it’s normal for this product to separate, such as our Beauty Whip. Lastly, if the product has changed color, toss it.
If you’re unsure of whether your product has gone off or not, check with the company or brand. If it’s SkinOwl, check out our infographic below for expiration dates or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. There’s a contact us form at the bottom of this post!
How to Make Your Beauty Products Last Longer
When purchasing beauty products, check how the product is being dispensed. If the product is in a tin or a pot, the product will go rancid faster because everytime you dip your fingers into it, you are introducing more bacteria into the product. To prevent this, use a clean mini beauty spatula to transfer products from their pot or tin to your hands.
If possible, go for containers with pumps over pots because they are airtight and your fingers never come into contact with the product inside the container. This greatly reduces the ability for bacteria to get into the product and cause it to go bad.
Lastly, keep your products out of direct sunlight and store them in a cool, dark place. Sunlight can cause your products to break down and expire more quickly. You can also place products in the fridge to help them last longer. We recommend doing this with our eye+ and Beauty Whip because it not only helps them last longer, but it’s also very cooling and refreshing when applied to the skin.
In general, we recommend going through your beauty collection twice a year to check expiration dates. This way you can protect your skin against expired products and sometimes even rediscover old favorites so that you can use them up before they go bad.
Hopefully, this cleared up some questions about natural beauty products and their expiration dates. It can be a bit confusing, but if you follow these general rules, your skin should be safe and protected from any rogue, rancid products in your collection. Again, please shoot us a quick email if you have any questions about your SkinOwl beauty products.