Like makeup, skincare products expire and don’t necessarily feature expiration dates. Know when to toss them out!
Cleanser. Discard after: One year
Serum. As with cleansers, serums are also vulnerable to air, heat and light. If possible, opt for a serum in a pump bottle, which will maintain the integrity of the product inside longer than a jar. Discard after: Six to twelve months
Acne treatments. Over-the-counter acne treatment gels and creams can last for several years, but they may expire a lot sooner if the active ingredients deteriorate. As with serums and cleansers, store acne creams away from direct heat and light to prolong shelf life.
Discard after: Two years
Moisturizer. To get the maximum shelf life out of your moisturizer, never put fingers directly into the jar or bottle. Instead, always use a clean cotton swab to remove product. Discard after: One year
Sunscreen. Store sunscreen in a dark, cool place, and when out on the beach, always replace the cap and avoid leaving out in direct sunlight to maintain SPF integrity.
Discard after: One year
Although tempting to keep favorite skincare products around for years, you may actually be doing your skin more harm than good. Take comfort in what you put on your skin by updating your collection of "vintage" cleansers and moisturizers on a regular basis.