How to Extend the Shelf Life of Skincare Products

When considering all of the amazing things that our skincare products do for us each and every day, it’s only right to think about how best we can treat our creams, masks, cleansers, and wipes. It’d be rude to just leave them uncared for, dirty, and open to the elements. They deserve to be treated with respect too! But what’s the best way to go about aiding our cosmetics on their continued journey to keep us feeling like royalty? How best can we keep them active and virile for the long haul? No matter how amazing that overnight hydrating face cream with 24-karat gold is, it’s worth absolutely nothing if it expires prematurely or is mishandled. Here are some ways to help extend the shelf life of makeup and beauty products.

First things first, make sure to know exactly when our products say that they are going to expire. On all cosmetics, there is a Period After Opening (PAO) symbol printed on the packaging (an open jar with a number and an “M”) that indicates how many months we have between the day we open the product and the day it expires. This is the makeup shelf life, and it shows when it’s most effective and/or vibrant. A little trick that I’ll do is write the date that the product is set to expire in sharpie next to the PAO symbol. That way I’ll always know when I should start to find a replacement before the first one goes bad.

Along with paying attention to the PAO symbol and keeping on top of the dates, another simple method to prolong our product’s life is to keep firmly sealed and in a cool, dry place when not in use. This way, there’s less of a chance for the products to harbor bacteria that can cause not only premature expiring, but once expired can have adverse effects when used on our skin. These effects can be irritation or bumps on the skin, or even pinkeye when put near our eyes. Another way to keep harmful bacteria out of our cosmetics is to always wash our hands prior to any application. This way it’s harder to transfer any of that bacteria onto the cosmetics themselves, especially when considering cream pots as opposed to push-pumps. We wouldn’t want the bacteria from our hand getting trapped in there to cause trouble. Cleanliness is key to keeping us and our cosmetics tip-top and extended our makeup shelf life!

Of course, another great way to make sure that you get the best results without worrying about expiration dates is to let us take care of your face for you! We offer a multitude of services that are simple, non-invasive, and can get you even better results than if you just used your daily creams and serums. These include, but are certainly not limited to, a Photofacial that will keep your skin bright while diminishing dis-coloration and red splotches, a completely bespoke Chemical Peel that exfoliates and helps eliminate acne, and of course Botox to reduce unwanted lines and wrinkles! Plus to top it all off I also have my Glow Pads, perfect for maintaining that beautiful complexion you leave my office with!

If you’d like to discuss products that would work best with your skin, feel free to schedule a specialized consultation with us! You can find more information on skin health and beauty by subscribing to my newsletter and following me on Instagram where I answer all your questions as part of my #UnfilteredDerm Stories!

Marnie B. Nussbaum, M.D., FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in non-invasive aesthetic rejuvenation.

There is not a more caring, more attentive, smarter dermatologist than Dr Marnie Nussbaum. I trust her implicitly with anything and highly recommend her.

— Carolyn Rosen


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