Just like food, skincare products have an expiration date. You’re not going to catch a stomach ache by using expired skincare products, but the treatments will most likely be less effective and potentially damage your skin. If your skincare products have expired, you should replace them. You don’t have to ditch them the day after expiration, but you should start shopping for new skincare.
Why Would Expired Products Be Bad for My Skin?
Most things break down over time. Buildings go through gradual wear and tear, food goes stale, and medications lose potency. Skincare products are no different. They contain ingredients that also begin breaking down as the days go by.
When it comes to skincare products, the two most important considerations are arguably the active ingredients and the preservatives.
The active ingredients are those ingredients that achieve the desired outcome. For example, if you use a moisturizer, the active ingredients are the specific chemicals or substances that actually moisturize your skin. Active ingredients, however, break down with time. The decay is often gradual.
As for preservatives, these substances in a product slow down how quickly other ingredients break down. If the preservatives themselves start to decay, the other substances in the product may no longer be protected and stabilized. This could speed up the overall decay process of the skincare product.
Signs That Expired Skincare Products Are Affecting Your Skin
The greatest sign that expired skincare products are affecting your skin is irritation. Expired products may contain broken or unstable ingredients, leading to a higher risk of redness, itching, or allergic reactions.
If you have been noticing suspicious rashes, bumps, or uncomfortable sensations on your skin after using a certain product, please discontinue use immediately and reach out to Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine for treatment.
Work With a Highly Qualified Dermatologist in Boca Raton, FL
Are your skincare products affecting your skin? They may be expired. The good news is that this gives you a chance to select new products. Work with one of our skilled dermatologists today to create your personalized beauty routine that addresses your unique skin care needs.
Schedule an appointment at Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine by filling out our contact form or dialing 561-750-0544.