Expiry date on face cream...does it matter?


TammyK
on May 05, 2011 @ 09:34 am

It is common sense to not eat food after they are expired, but what about other things like face cream? Do they also go bad? I understand that if a face cream expired like 10 years ago then you should just throw it out but I am not sure if I can continue to use a product that expired last year.  Also, what if it's an unopened product that expired within the last year? Is that safe to use as well or does it actually damage your skin or the cream becomes less effective?
 

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Ali de Bold
Yes they do on May 05, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

All beauty products expire. If they don't you should be concerned about what they are using to make them last forever!

Check the box or the bottom of the container. There is usually a shelf-life date or sometimes it will show a little symbol indicating it will last 3 months after opening, etc.

Things like mascara are designed to use for 2-3 months tops. Most face creams should be used within a year. Same thing with shampoos body washes, etc. Also I hope everyone knows by now that perfumes have a shelf life. If you've been using the same bottle for 5 years it may start going funny on you. That's why I never buy the jumbo size of anything. Unless you know you are going to use it all within a relatively short period of time, you are just wasting your money.

I once kept one of my favourite conditioners in the shower for almost 2 years because I was testing so many products and would still use it every now and then. It started to give me hives and then I realized I should probably throw it out!
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jskim07
I can't really say... on May 05, 2011 @ 03:46 pm

I am a product hoarder.
I collect all these different beauty products, and skincare things and realize a year later that they've expired...yet i still use them, and hope that they will work, haha!

To be honest, I don't think they actually work after they expire...but, I like to keep thinking that the effect is the same. maybe it's time to start reading the dates!

@Ali, I never knew that about perfumes! What kind of "funny" does it turn into? I'm kind of curious...
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TigerLilly
Mascara, really? on May 06, 2011 @ 09:47 pm

Mascara expires in 2 - 3 months??? Really??? B/c I've been using my same one for at least a year I'd say.
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Ali de Bold
Mascara and perfume on May 06, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

@jskim07 - perfume starts to smell funky after awhile. It will smell different on your skin. You'll know when it's off... or someone will tell you ;)

@tigerlilly - yes technically they do. That's not to say you can't use it for longer but you will find they start to flake or may irritate your eyes. The formula will become gloopy or drier. I think the window is shorter for that because it's so close to your eyes. You don't want to risk irritation.
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Becky
wow so true!! on May 09, 2011 @ 03:02 pm

@Ali thanks for the perfume advise!! You're so right, we think we're saving money when buying more oz of the perfume, but really we're not because we never use it in time!! Great advise!

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TammyK
I agree! on May 09, 2011 @ 03:09 pm

@Ali, I have also heard that mascara expires within months. I am very careful with mascara because I wear contact lens daily so I would hate to get an eye infection or get clumps of mascara into my eyes.
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Guppy
Most of the time on May 09, 2011 @ 11:28 pm


the signs are clear when something has gone bad. The colour of a perfume changes even when it smells okay. A face cream has changed colour, seperated or smells different. Mascara smells funky and is clumpy - 4 months is pushing it for me because it doesnt even go on right.

I use products past the date on the labels, if nothing seems different from when it was first open. I have foam cleanser that are years old but they havent changed a bit - and they are Dior and Lancome brands.....hmm what do these high end products have in there????
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Anonymous
Why the manufacturer keep the expiration date a Secret ? on Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:58 am

Yes, there is a batch code on the box, but the consumer can never identify what does that mean. Why the manufacturer didn't mark on the box clearly by readable number to help the consumers. Please think this question and please learn how to protect your right.

Recently I brought 6 boxes of Origins face cream from Amazon's seller, when I received it, I dig deeper for the expiration date and find that they were made in July 2007, and today is 8/29/2012. 5 year old products. Most of buyer will be happy about the deal they get from Amazon, but they shouldn't. I called origins official phone# listed on origins.com, 1-800-Origins, a lady said Amazon is not a authorized seller. Actually, the seller is not amazon itself, the seller is a company or individuality to sell on amazon.

When I asked how can a consumer know the exact manufacture date, the lady said there is no information available for me. Can anybody tell me why. And why don't the famous brand name company teach their fans, customers, followers how to identify their product ? Is that a responsible behavior? It is common sense that if they did any goods thing, they will tell the world about it, by every means. Why they don't on expiration date?

Then I went to a Origins store in San Francisco, the sales person didn't give a clear answer too. She uses standard answer, like, "Well, it won't expire for 2-3 years. And by that time, you had use them up already. "

Please don't think I just say bad words on Origins, other brand name companies have the same trick, by different combination of letters and numbers to confuse the consumer. None of them use MM/YYYY format. How many people read this post know the expiration date about what you are using ?

Should we protect our rights ?
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fafa
Roc beauty cream expiration date on Jun 26, 2013 @ 04:14 am

Hi,

Recently I bought 2 products from "Pharmainsland" via internet. Unfortunately they were expired, and it was so difficult to convince the seller. I only had Lot numbers written on the products. Finally I wrote to the Roc producer "Johnson & Johnson® Consumer Support Team" and they answered me following message which indicated that the products were expired. However, "Pharmainsland" did not pay money back!!! This was bad experience with online shopping from invalid companies!

Ref: 002547176A

Thank you for your recent email regarding our RoC® product.

We have contacted our manufacturing plant who have informed us that your product with the LOT number 0210V A expired in July 2012.

We always recommend a period after opening time of 12 months.

The period of time after opening informs consumers of the authorised period of time a product may be used after opening without any harm to the consumer. This new labelling requirement follows from the Directive adopted in February 2003 by the European Parliament and the Council amending the legislation on cosmetic products.

The period of time after opening is indicated by a symbol representing an open cream jar and the period given in months and/or years. This symbol was adopted by the European Commission in collaboration with Member States and the cosmetics industry. If the period is given in months, it may be indicated by a number followed by the word “month(s)” or by the abbreviation “M”, the letter “M” corresponding to mensis, or month in Latin.

This 'PAO' must be indicated on products with a shelf life of 30 months or more. For products with a shelf life of 30 months or less the minimum shelf life must be stated; i.e. the date up until which the product, kept under the right conditions, can continue to fulfil its initial function without any harm to human health.

Although your product has expired and is not harmful to human health in any way, we cannot guarantee its efficacy.

Please contact us again on 0845 6004477 should you require any further information.

Assuring you of our best attention.

Yours sincerely

Mark Millington

Consumer Support Associate

Johnson & Johnson® Consumer Support Team

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fafa
Roc beauty cream expiration date on Jun 26, 2013 @ 04:16 am

Hi,

Recently I bought 2 products from "Pharmainsland" via internet. Unfortunately they were expired, and it was so difficult to convince the seller. I only had Lot numbers written on the products. Finally I wrote to the Roc producer "Johnson & Johnson® Consumer Support Team" and they answered me following message which indicated that the products were expired. However, "Pharmainsland" did not pay money back!!! This was bad experience with online shopping from invalid companies!

Ref: 002547176A

Thank you for your recent email regarding our RoC® product.

We have contacted our manufacturing plant who have informed us that your product with the LOT number 0210V A expired in July 2012.

We always recommend a period after opening time of 12 months.

The period of time after opening informs consumers of the authorised period of time a product may be used after opening without any harm to the consumer. This new labelling requirement follows from the Directive adopted in February 2003 by the European Parliament and the Council amending the legislation on cosmetic products.

The period of time after opening is indicated by a symbol representing an open cream jar and the period given in months and/or years. This symbol was adopted by the European Commission in collaboration with Member States and the cosmetics industry. If the period is given in months, it may be indicated by a number followed by the word “month(s)” or by the abbreviation “M”, the letter “M” corresponding to mensis, or month in Latin.

This 'PAO' must be indicated on products with a shelf life of 30 months or more. For products with a shelf life of 30 months or less the minimum shelf life must be stated; i.e. the date up until which the product, kept under the right conditions, can continue to fulfil its initial function without any harm to human health.

Although your product has expired and is not harmful to human health in any way, we cannot guarantee its efficacy.

Please contact us again on 0845 6004477 should you require any further information.

Assuring you of our best attention.

Yours sincerely

Mark Millington

Consumer Support Associate

Johnson & Johnson® Consumer Support Team

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