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FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Can You Still Use Expired Beauty Products?
A pleasant Friday to everyone! Sharing this interesting and informative Fan Mail Fridays query today from Keisha. She asks:
Dear The Beauty Junkee,
Hi, I'd like to ask if it's still okay to use expired beauty products or do I really, really have to throw them away. I acknowledge the dumbness of my question, but I am wondering if there's still a chance.
Here's the background: I have just received a skin care set (Complete from cleanser to serum) from my tita's much- awaited balikbayan box, but it sucks to find out that it will expire at the end of July of this year. I am 90% through with my current skin care products and I'm the type who finishes one thing before moving on to the next-I believe I can start using these near- expiry products by the first week of August so I just want to know if it's still okay to use them like even just for a month? Would appreciate your reply!
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Let me start by saying that I feel you-last month, I had to throw away 5 almost full bottles of liquid foundation, but I felt bad for a moment because it seemed that it would be a total waste if I just threw them away-I was actually thinking of keeping and using them for at least three weeks before saying goodbye, but realized that the skin damage, mental, physical, and emotional stress that this act may bring upon me are so not worth it, thus I let them go-it became much easier for me though!
Here are some reasons why you should not use expired skin care products (and makeup too) and I believe they should suffice for you to not reconsider giving them one more chance!
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1. Preservatives keep a beauty product's integrity intact-they inhibit the growth of bacteria from the air, your hands, and dust that go into your products as you use them each and every single day. Preservatives are only effective at some point and the manufacturing and expiry date will tell you that-when the product's expired already, that means the preservatives have broken down and can no longer prevent and stall bacterial infection.
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2. The active ingredients that come in the beauty products will also break down and will no longer produce its promised results and effects. For example: a treatment product, on the day of (or a few days after) expiry, will just become a regular humectant. This applies to sunscreen too.
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3. Expired products smell, feel, and look bad. Need I say more?
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4. Expired beauty products may cause minor irritation such as redness, itchiness, and hives.
So Keisha, don't think twice-throw them away! ;)
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