Product Expiry

Yes! Yes! Yes! Body care products do expire, even if they have never been opened. This confirmation of expiry includes cleansers (including bar soaps), moisturizers, all make up, masks, fragranced and dyed salts, etc. All of them can reach a point in time where it is no longer safe for use on your body, regardless of any claims.

Expired products may not necessarily look bad or smell rancid like expired milk. They may appear as they did when you first opened the container. Although they appear fine, they should not be used because the danger may not be visible to the naked eye. Once a product reaches its expiration date, it has ultimately broken down to a point where it may no longer be able to meet the established safety requirements. Simply put, this is the point where it may no longer ward off contaminants or function as designed.

Ingredients used in body care, especially those in green beauty products, have a life span. When combined with other ingredients, natural, artificial or synthetic, the life span of the individual ingredients are modified to create a singular life span, or product expiry, for the completed product. This information is often times detailed on the product (label, packaging or insert). [Note: Products with a life span of greater than 30 months do not have to have an expiration date.] If this information is not provided, contact the brand to receive this information. You need the product expiry information to know when to stop using the product before it’s too late.

Using a body care product past its expiration may seem like no big deal, but doing so can create major negative consequences to your skin and overall health. Typically, issues with products are widely socialized when a large number of people are impacted. Here are some examples of issues that may occur:

  • Blindness
  • Skin Infections: Fungus, Bacteria
  • Hair Loss
  • Death

Issues surrounding improper use and limited severe cases are not widely publicized. But, even though we don’t know about them, these issues still exist. So beware and learn your product expiry.

Resources
www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/Labeling/ExpirationsDating/default.htm
www.google.com ; Do Skin Care Products and Toiletries Ever Expire? ; www.google.com/amp/s/lifehacker.com/do-skin-care-products-and-toiletries-ever-expire-1468955193/amp

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