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Body Care Product Expiration Dates

A body care product that is past its prime changes color, develops an odor, and is less effective. Why does this happen so often? Well, people like to get their money's worth out of a product and hold on to it until they've used every drop in the container. Perhaps, you have the same attitude about your body care products.

Well, the problem is that we cling to those body care products too long. Consequently, the products are a prime target for nasty germs and bacteria. Who knows what germs are lurking in that favorite moisturizer, soap, body wash, deodorant, body spray, disposable razor, face wipe, or cleanser. Indeed, we as consumers should show concern about out dated products that cause numerous health problems.

Recently, I visited a forum with threads concerning product expiration dates. Many of the posters were confused about expiration dates and product effectiveness. Should we adhere to the expiration warning on the product or keep it longer? I've written an article on bacteria and out of date products. This article will place things in better perspective. What follows are expert opinions on Body Care Products and their expiration date.

Body Care Products/Three Months
A lot of consumers use fingers to apply makeup, lip balms, lotions, creams. Health experts state that consumers should dispose of any product that uses the fingers for application after three months. Keeping the product any longer increases the odds that the product will develop germs.

Body Care Products/Six Months
What about those products with special applicators? Certainly, applicators are very convenient, but they collect bacteria. Dispose of any product that requires an applicator within six months or less. Keeping the product longer increases the odds of product contamination.

Body Care Products/One Year
After one year, get rid of products that require a sponge or pad for application. Sponges and pads absorb bacteria like . . . sponges and pads. Get rid of all those expensive creams, moisturizers, prescription products with those type of applicators. Well, you might want to use your personal judgement on this one. . . .

Online Sources:
http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/CosmeticLabelingLabelClaims/LabelClaimsandExpirationDating/ucm2005204.htm

http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skin-care-basics/_/when-should-i-throw-out-a-product

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