Here at AYA™, you know we are passionate about skincare products. And part of that passion includes providing our patients with the information they need to get the most out of their skincare regimen. This includes recommending the most helpful products for each patient’s unique complexion, as well as explaining how these products should be applied in order to achieve the best-possible aesthetic results.
One question we hear commonly from patients is whether or not skincare products expire. The short answer is yes. Over time the ingredients used in skincare products can begin to lose their potency. In addition to diminishing the quality of their performance, using expired skincare products can even have a potentially negative impact on your skin. Some products like sunscreens are required by the FDA to post expiration dates on their packaging. Others are not. We recommend looking out for the following signs that your product may be expired:
- A noticeably bad or irregular smell
- The texture has changed, or the product has begun to separate
- A noticeable change in color
- Any sign of black, green, or blue mold spots
- Throw away any product that claims to be for single-use only after your initial use, even if there are leftovers.
There are also things you can do to potentially extend the shelf life of your favorite skincare products. Some products that remain unopened and sealed may retain their potency for at least three to five years (however, this varies from product to product). Heat and humidity can negatively impact skincare products. Water that gets into a product container can lead to mold. That’s why we recommend storing skincare products in a cool, dry environment (and not in a bathroom). Additionally, wash your hands before applying any product to your face or body can prevent bacteria from being introduced to the container or your skin.
Skincare products can provide an amazing boost to your skin, but it’s important to use them properly in order to achieve the results you desire. Here at AYA™ we provide complimentary skincare analysis appointments where we help our patients select the ideal products for their needs and guide them on how to maximize their impact. For more information, please contact AYA™ Medical Spa today or visit one of our locations in-person (including our newest location in Buckhead). And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional tips, news, and more.