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Get Beautiful Skin for Spring

Freshen up your skin routine.

Skin Product Expiration Guidelines

Ensure your beauty stash is fresh with these when-to-toss guidelines from dermatologist Roberta Sengelmann, MD, of the Santa Barbara Skin Institute in California.

Sunscreen

The FDA requires sunscreen makers to post expiration dates on the packaging. Toss any SPF product that is expired or more than three years old.

Eye cream

Chuck it after three months, or sooner if it has changed colors, smells funny, or stings when you put it on.

Body lotion

Keep for up to a year unless it stinks or has changed colors. 

Mascara

The eyes are very sensitive to dirt, debris, and bacteria, so toss after three months.

Lipstick

Lipstick doesn’t penetrate the skin, so it’s safe in your makeup bag for up to two years. The color and texture may change slightly over time.

Liquid foundation and facial moisturizers

Whether packed with antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, malic) or not, they're good to go for up to six months.

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