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When To Toss Old Products

October 01, 2019 | BY Debra Pivko

You clean out your fridge as things spoil—but is your skincare secretly going bad and becoming ineffective or even toxic right under your nose? As women, we tend to build up a collection of products over time without realizing which have literally gone bad!

Unlike bad milk or moldy veggies, it’s tougher to tell, just by looking, which skincare products are dunzo if you don’t know what to look for. And with all the hard-earned money you spend on products, it can be tough to let go! So what’s so wrong with using expired skincare?

The problem with old products is that they can decompose. The chemicals can separate and cause problems for your skin.  And, invisible bacteria can thrive in products past their prime, especially in hot, humid environments like your bathroom. Besides harboring bad bacteria, they can cause burns and irritation, cause a skin infection, or even worse: they can have viruses and cause a herpes outbreak. 

Ready to start your skincare Spring cleaning now? 

Over-the-counter products (like SPFs and acne treatments) list an expiration date on the back of the package. But not all skincare products list an expiration so how do you know?

Here are the three main things to ask yourself when deciding what skincare products to throw out. And keep reading to find out how to make your products stay fresh longer… 

1. Does it look different than when you first opened it?
2. Are there any changes in the texture, color, or smell or does it separate?
3. Did you use if the product over an infected area and can’t sanitize it?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, it’s time to let it go. 

Ready to dig a bit deeper? Let’s get a little more specific…

Cleansers: If you’re not ready to use it, don’t open it yet. They can last for several years unopened. Once the seal is broken, you have up to a year to use it safely. The exception is creamy washes. They begin to turn off color and smell rancid sooner due to the oils in them. 

Moisturizer: A good moisturizer will last up to a year. But opt for one in a pump bottle so you’re not constantly adding more bacteria to it each time you dip your finger in. 

Serums: The active ingredients in these will lose their potency and stability over about a year, especially if they’re opened. They’re usually dispensed in an opaque squeeze tube or pump bottle, so there is less concern for contamination from dirty fingers or product degradation but if something smells off, it probably is. 

How can you keep skincare products from going bad?

Wondering why we don’t just use preservatives to help our skincare products last longer? 

First of all, the rules above about when to toss a product still apply, even when you’re dealing with products with preservatives. 

Plus, chemical preservatives can do more harm than good for your skin. Conventional cosmetics contain synthetic preservatives that can disrupt your endocrine system as they mimic estrogen and can even cause birth defects. You might be familiar with one of them - parabens. 

With that being said, we still don’t want our precious facial serums to go rancid, causing more irritation to our skin. While you can’t go completely preservative free, you can choose natural preservatives that keep your products fresh and also soothe your skin. At least that’s what we aim for! You’ve finally found a brand of skincare that’s pure and safe for your skin—inside and out! 

Plus, we recommend you use our products consistently rather than letting them sit around unused to expire. They do more good on your skin than in your drawer! 

But one way to keep products fresh longer is to use a tiny skin care “spatula” to get product out of them instead of dipping your finger in if it’s a twist top container instead of a pump. This plastic applicator helps you scoop the product into your hand instead of getting bacteria from your hand into the product. 

And, once you open a product, make sure to use it daily or as directed as the expiration clock starts the day you open it—and so can your results! 

So the question is, once you toss all your gross, expired products, what will you need now?  

Here’s your Spring Skincare Challenge if you choose to accept it: 

1. Go through your cabinets, drawers, and counter in your bathroom and toss all the products that have gone bad or are open and over a year old.
2. Determine what’s missing and needs replacing. 
3. Stock up on what you need with your fresh start on! 

We hope you enjoyed reading this! Thank you for being a part of the goPure family!

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