Experts recommend not throwing the sunscreen after the summer is up as the product might not be expired yet. You should look instead for an open-jar symbol on the back of the product’s package to see how many months it is still active after opening it up.
On the back of the bottle, there should be a number next to an open-jar symbol. The number means how many months the product lasts after it was opened. Most sunscreens should last from 12 to 18 months.
Unfortunately, most people throw their sunscreen after the summer is over thinking that the product has expired. After the expiry date, it is not advisable to use the sunscreen as the active ingredients no longer shield your skin from harmful sun rays.
An Expired Sunscreen Is Not Good
Skin expert Nina Goad insisted that most sunscreen products are still active about a year after you opened them. You should check the open-jar symbol to see how many months it lasts. It could be 18 months.
So 12M in the jar symbol means it lasts a year from opening,
Dr. Goad explained.
Also, ensure that the sunscreen bottle is stored in a cool place and not in direct sunlight. An expired sunscreen contains lumps, smells funny, and the liquid has separated.
Also, ensure that the sunscreen has a high enough SPF to keep you protected in the summertime. An SPF 30 or higher is the best. However, SPF can only shield the skin against UVB rays. Pick a broad-spectrum product to ensure that you get UVA protection as well. On some sunscreens, the UVA protection is marked by a number of stars. The more stars, the better the product is.
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