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    Default Skin care and expiration dates

    So after feeling really crappy the past few weeks, I decided I would treat myself to a mini facial at home this morning. When I got to my Alpha-H 15% hydrating glycolic mask, I discovered it had an expiry date of 06-07. This instantly depressed me as I have had it for a while and have only used it maybe twice. I gave it a sniff and it smelt fine but i didnt have enough courage to use it.

    Are you strict with expiration dates? Understand the need to be with organic products - but how true are the expiration dates of other skin care products?
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    Hmmm good question, I tend to be strict with expiration dates, simply because it takes so much work to keep my skin breakout free, so don't want to risk it with out of date products. I think Luisa or Allison would be best to answer how strict you need to be with expiry dates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beauty*product*junkie View Post
    Hmmm good question, I tend to be strict with expiration dates, simply because it takes so much work to keep my skin breakout free, so don't want to risk it with out of date products.
    Yeah thats why i didnt end up using it. But 06-07 for example - is it safe to use until the end of June, or is it bad from 1st June?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim tam View Post
    Yeah thats why i didnt end up using it. But 06-07 for example - is it safe to use until the end of June, or is it bad from 1st June?
    I did a quick google on this subject and found this (sory its a bit long):
    COSMETIC DANGERS
    When Beauty Expires
    By Shelly Ballestero
    Licensed Esthetician

    CBN.com – Just about everything has an expiration date on it if it’s consumable, right? Why then can’t cosmetics and toiletries have a time limit, considering we put those in our hair and on our skin? We know it’s somewhat consumable since we absorb it through our largest organ - our skin.

    Bacteria Buildup

    According to the FDA, cosmetics aren’t required by law to have expiration dates, so you can’t just look at the label to know when a product has retired. However, some companies are labeling dates on their products for us consumers who would rather not have more bacteria on our skin than necessary.

    Be aware that expiration dates are simply a guide to go by and that a product’s safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored. For instance, cosmetics exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, or opened and examined by consumers prior to purchase may substantially deteriorate before the expiration date.

    Makeup preservatives should kill common bacteria (personally, I stay away from preservatives unless they are plant based), but as studies show, a little bacteria is in makeup before we buy it. Once you open your new product, airborne bacteria swarms in. You add to the bacteria by touching the product with unclean hands. Then, to top it off, you use an unclean applicator. Know that aging cosmetics lose their power to fight the bacteria no matter how gentle and clean you are when using it.

    So the question is how long can we keep our little hopes in the bottle, and can we extend the shelf life of them to protect ourselves from infections, like pink eye and skin breakouts?

    The answer is in this guideline. Let me help you clean out your makeup bag and medicine cabinet.

    Color Makeup

    Liquid foundation lasts three to six months. Cream foundation can last four to six months. Foundation in a pump dispenser will last a little longer, because it is less exposed to air than jar foundation. If it has a higher percentage of pigment, such as mineral makeup, then you have about a year. Here’s a tip: Use a disposable applicator and use the front of your hand as a palette.

    Concealer has a shelf life of six to eight months.

    Powders, including eye shadows and blush, last a year.

    Mascara lasts for three months. Hint: Never pump your mascara; air just pushes back into the tube. Clean your wand with tissue every couple of days. It helps prevent clumping.

    Lip gloss and lipstick have a shelf life of one year.

    Eye and lip pencils will stay fresh over a year with continued use of sharpening; you’ll know when it has gone bad if it crumbles.

    Skincare and Body Washes

    Facial cleansers and moisturizers can keep for about six months, unless these products have acids in them like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and beta hydroxyl acid. Then they will have a longer shelf life. Try putting eye cream in the fridge. It feels great on tired eyes. Plus, it keeps it out of the heat.

    Facial toner should be thrown away after one year, but if it has vitamin C in it, the nutrients can lose potency before a year.

    Natural body washes last for six months.

    Brushes should be washed regularly, as often as once a week with mild soap and warm water, or use a spray brush cleaner (www.janeiredale.com). You can use alcohol; it’s a little harsh, but it works for emergencies. Makeup sponges need to be cleaned after every use. Toss within a month or when sponges show wear and tear.

    Another risk for infection can be from sharing makeup, which increases the risk for contamination. Speaking of sharing, how about testers located at department store cosmetic counters? I used to work at a popular cosmetic counter 15 years ago and procedures have not changed much. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the cosmetic counter when people constantly stick their hands in the makeup and try it on without asking for help. Please be careful at the counters and make sure pencils are sharpened and tools are used when makeup is applied.

    These guidelines are to help keep you safe and give you confidence when purchasing products and preserving them. Like the old saying goes, when in doubt, throw it out, especially if there’s no date.

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    i think u r fine till the end of june , what about ringing Alpha h to check ?

    i think this is a good thread as most of us have alot of products on the go at one time , so it pays not to.
    make sure you store your products out of direct sunlight & some products don't "like" temperature change either, so storage is really important.
    also Luisa has suggested using a brush to apply your mask , this is a great idea as well

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    Oh crap I think I have to have a big clean out.

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    This is my personal opinion on the matter:

    The expiration date is only a guideline! If a beauty product is only a month or two out of date I would go ahead and use it.Heavens I have used products that have been 6 months out of date before and it hasn't hurt me. I think all of us here on the forum would be guilty or product hoarding in one way or another.

    I say test a bit of the product on your hand. If it doesn't smell or look funky in consistency I would still use it. I think you would be able to tell if it was off just by doing this simple test.

    I am pretty fussy with what I use and everyone is entitled to make their own personal choice on this issue but if it looks and smells kosher go and use it I say. I have some makeup that I have hardly used and that I have had for a few years, it's still fine in my opinion and I'm not going to through it out if I can still use it!
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    Generally the rule is that so long as you open it and start using it before the use-by date, and then use it as recommended (e.g. twice a day, or once a week in the case of the Alpha-H mask), you should be fine.

    As BPJ's article points out, things can go off quicker if not stored as recommended. But as long as you keep your products in a cool dark place you should be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate (Staff) View Post
    Generally the rule is that so long as you open it and start using it before the use-by date, and then use it as recommended (e.g. twice a day, or once a week in the case of the Alpha-H mask), you should be fine.

    As BPJ's article points out, things can go off quicker if not stored as recommended. But as long as you keep your products in a cool dark place you should be fine.
    well said Kate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkcupcake View Post
    This is my personal opinion on the matter:

    The expiration date is only a guideline! If a beauty product is only a month or two out of date I would go ahead and use it.Heavens I have used products that have been 6 months out of date before and it hasn't hurt me. I think all of us here on the forum would be guilty or product hoarding in one way or another.

    I say test a bit of the product on your hand. If it doesn't smell or look funky in consistency I would still use it. I think you would be able to tell if it was off just by doing this simple test.

    I am pretty fussy with what I use and everyone is entitled to make their own personal choice on this issue but if it looks and smells kosher go and use it I say. I have some makeup that I have hardly used and that I have had for a few years, it's still fine in my opinion and I'm not going to through it out if I can still use it!
    I ditto everything you said!

    As a product floozie I have MANY products opened and on the go. If it looks or smells suspicious, chuck it. I have had makeup products for years (not going to tell you how long!) and they are fine. I find the guidelines just a tad extreme.

    There are still products who do not state an expiry date. Clarins has the most confusing cryptic numbering system on their tubes which relate to date of manufacture and country.

    As for items which say 06/07, they are fine until the END of that month but I personally wouldnt hesitate to use them a bit longer. Also try to keep your fingers out of jars by using a spatula to introduce less bacteria.
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