(Closed) Do you throw out sunscreen and SPF cream when it expires?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I don’t always check dates, but I am really careful with sun cream. Once it has been open for 12 months I bin it and get a new one. This is recommend as the SPF lowers from the 12 month mark. Being red haird and pale its not worth the risk!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

I don’t keep track of dates, but if I find something that’s expired, it goes in the trash right away!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Yeah I toss it.. I only wear sunscreen if it’s very likely I’ll burn (either a long time in the sun or near the equator) and I figure if I’m gonna put it on, I might as well make sure it works.  (I have dark enough skin that if it’s just a couple hours outside, unless I’m near the equator, I won’t burn).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next. Some sunscreens include an expiration date — a date indicating when they’re no longer effective. Discard sunscreen that is past its expiration date.

I googled it and found this –

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

CakeSniffer:  I am a pharmacist and I don’t always throw everything out after expiration, but I do throw out my sunscreen. Mainly because a) it loses effectiveness over time, especially when exposed to heat/light and b) lotions and creams can get bacteria in them over time so I get grossed out by that. I tend to use it all before it expires anyways though.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

CakeSniffer:  Darling Husband is really anal about expiration dates for everything, which includes sunscreen.

We realized this year that any spf 30 that we had bought (Coppertone sport) didn’t have an expiration date on it, and none in the stores now do. But, the 15’s and higher than 30’s do. So, now we’ve just written a date on when we buy and will throw away a year from now if we still have it, and there is no date written on – just to be safe.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I used an expired sunscreen accidentally last month.  I got a wierd splotchy sunburn all over.  It was embarassing.  

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

CakeSniffer:  There’s no hard date. It happens with all products (mascara, lipstick, etc). That is why people recommend you replace mascara every 3-6 months even if you don’t use it all. I buy body lotions that come in bottles with a pump to decrease the contact the lotion has with the “outside world” haha.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

not if it’s Zinc Oxide based. that stuff is really stable, it’s the base cream that might turn. even then, it’s probably not going to get gross unless it’s a natural formula that’s low on preservatives.

as for other sunscreens — they’re probably being overly conservative withe the expiration date and I assume you could push it about a month.  I almost never get to that point, I go through a bottle so fast. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2022 - City, State

CakeSniffer:  In my research I have found that expiration dates are only important for chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens should be ok after the expiration date as zinc and titanium oxides don’t go bad. However, the oils in the sunscreen  can go bad, but you can tell by smell and color.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I’ve been burnt using expired sunscreen so I’m pretty vigilant about it now!

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