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How to care your skin?

How to care your skin?

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Using skincare products beyond their expiration date can have adverse effects, and you wouldn't want to suffer from possible skin reactions and infections. To find out how long you have until they go bad, check out the manufacturing date and count forward from there to compute if they're still potent. Use this a quick guide:


Facial Wash
Toss after 2 years

Depending on the kind of cleanser you are using, some active ingredients like glycolic acid and retinol may become more potent over time, causing allergic reactions on your skin. In the same vein, ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone degrade once they are exposed to air or direct sunlight.

Moisturizer
Toss after 2 years

Whenever you can, choose a moisturizer that comes in a pump rather than a jar, as air is less likely to get in the product, thus prolonging its shelf life. Look out for changes in smell and texture, and dispose of the product immediately if you spot any suspicious-looking signs, such as bubbles or product separation (solids at the bottom, fluids at the top).

Sunscreen
Toss after 1 year

Your sunscreen tends to lose its top spot in your dressing table, after heavily using it during the summer. Generally, this is okay but take note that like most creams, once sunscreen is exposed to air, the water evaporates, changing the consistency of the product. Always keep the cap tightly closed, and when at the beach, keep it away from the sun. (And besides, you should always use sunscreen, even when it's not summertime!)

Toner
Toss after 2 years
Check the label thoroughly for the ingredients contained in the product. If it has vitamin C, your toner could lose its potency even before the 12-month mark. Note that an all-natural toner with no preservatives is more conducive to bacteria growth, as is the case with
other similar skincare and beauty products.

 
Always use your better judgment to determine whether to toss or keep a product, especially when you detect changes in smell and consistency. Regularly check your stock of skincare products and keep it updated. Trust us-it's a lot less work than having to deal with skin reactions and infections you could have avoided in the first place.

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