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How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date?

How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date
How to Tell When Your Makeup Has Expired

  1. Check the label. The label of many beauty products features a small jar with a number and the letter M next to it that denotes how long that product will last after you open it.
  2. The product has a unique smell.
  3. The texture has changed.
  4. The color is off.

How do I know the expiration date of cosmetics?

– All makeup should be stamped with an image of an open jar, then a number followed by the letter M. This Period After Opening (PAO) symbol signifies how many months after opening until the product expires. It’s helpful to remember around what month you opened it.

The first step is to smell the makeup. If anything smells off, toss it. Look to see if it has changed color. For example, many concealer products will oxidize and turn a bit orange. Pay attention to whether or not the texture has changed, and throw away if the product feels different on your skin.

Is there an app to check cosmetics expiration date?

iPhone Screenshots – Beauty Keeper is a stylish, easy to use and handy app that tracks expiry dates of your beauty products, reminds you when it is time to replace them, and helps to determine production and best before dates encoded by manufacturer.

  1. Features: – Reading the batch codes for more than 880 beauty brands.
  2. Calculating the period of time when the item is safe to use after opening for 60 types of cosmetic products.
  3. Automatic reminders about items near their expiry dates.
  4. READ THE BATCH CODE Many manufacturers use a special code that consists of digits and letters instead of usual date format.

Our app helps you to determine best before date of beauty products via the batch code right in the store. We can do it for more than 880 beauty brands. FORGET ABOUT EXPIRED COSMETICS The application calculates and remembers how long the product is safe to use after opening.

For this purpose we provide more than 60 types of beauty and care products to choose from. You can free your mind for more pleasant thoughts. GET AUTOMATIC REMINDERS The app will notify you one month before the product will expire. The second reminder comes up as the product needs to be replaced. Beauty Keeper saves your list of cosmetics not only to your iPhone, but also to iCloud, therefore all your reminders will not be lost in the case of changing your phone.

Browse your list of beauty products, expand your collection. Use only fresh beauty products. This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon. – Now you can add Notes to your cosmetics. – The number of supported brands is increased to 880.

How do you read a cosmetic batch code?

The batch code consists of 6 digits and utilizes the Julian Date, the last digit of the year of manufacture, the production line, and the production shift. Example: 036521 036 = The thirty sixth day of the year, in this case February 5th.

How do I find the expiration date on a batch code on makeup?

Cosmetics Expiry dates and Shelf Life: A Quick Guide As a beauty blogger, I have a sizeable amount of cosmetic rang ing from beauty, skincare, makeup, nail products, etc some of which were purchased and some were gifted to me and I am grateful/thankful for that.

However, there comes the moment when it’s time to get rid of them because they all expire. Having a working knowledge of expiry dates ensures you keep your stash to a minimum (I am talking to myself ) and also protect yourself from any untoward reactions which can arise as a result of using expired products.

I have no planned structure for this post and I am just free styling but I hope these few tips will be useful to you. All about the Manufacturing Date The manufacturing date is usually the day the product was manufactured from the company and it can be used to find out the expiry date which I would discuss later.

Most cosmetics do not have their manufacturing date inscribed on the product but they usually have a batch code. To find the manufacturing date, you can either contact the manufacturing cosmetic company directly providing them with the batch code and product name or use a website called and by entering the batch code, you get the manufacturing date and you can then decipher the expiration date.

I prefer the latter because I really don’t have the time and energy to be emailing companies. With the website, I just input the brand (they have a lot of brands ranging from high end to high street and a few less known brands), then I input the batch code and the manufacturing date pops up.

Anti-aging and acne products- 3months to 1 year Body Lotion- 2 to 3 years Brow Pencils- 1 year Blushes (Powder) – 2 years Cleansers- 1year Concealers- 1-2 years Eyeliners- 1 year Eyeshadows- 2 years Foundation- 1-2 years Pencils (Eye and Lip) – up to 3 years (because once you sharpen it; it reveals a fresh section) Lipgloss- up to 2 years Lipstick- 1-2 Years Mascara- 3-6 Months Moisturiser- 2 years

Nail Polish- 1 year (*weeps* ) Organic products- 6 months to 1 year (they usually don’t contain preservatives hence the short life span) All about the Expiry Date and finding it A few makeup products have expiry dates on them but majority of them don’t have this and in fact they are not obliged to include it which is pretty scary.

  1. However, they put the shelf life on products so they are covered in a way.
  2. The Expiry date is the specified date by which the product is no longer fit for consumption.
  3. It is usually in a Month/Date format for example 09/14 means it expires by September 2014.
  4. To be fair, I can’t find any makeup product with an expiry date within my stash but most skincare products have expiry dates.

Expired products simply it is no longer suitable for use and should be thrown away. Using a product beyond its expiry date can result, but not limited, to skin allergies, reactions, skin discolouration, rashes, etc. Expiry dates are usually found on the side or bottom of a product and it is quite clear and easy to find if it is on a product.

All about Shelf Life and finding it The shelf life for cosmetics refers to the length of time for which an item (in this case makeup/cosmetic) remains usable, fit for consumption/use or saleable provided it has been stored according to the manufacturer’s storage conditions from warehouse to your makeup stash.

Now this is very important because if it has not been stored in correct conditions then the shelf life may have been compromised. The Shelf Life is closely linked to the Period After Opening (PAO) and it indicates how long (usually in months) you can use a product from the time it was opened.

  1. It is usually denoted with an “M” sign with the number of months placed before it and you will always see an opened jar or tube sign on the packaging as shown in the pix above.E.g.18M means you can use the product 18 months from the first day it was opened.
  2. All about Batch Code and finding it Most products are produced in batches and the same is found in the cosmetic/beauty industry.

Batch numbers help the companies monitor and review their products and if there is any problem, they can easily recall a batch. For us consumers, the batch code is very handy when you need to contact the company regarding information about a product such as its manufacturing date, expiry date and any other queries.

The bath code is usually a four-digit code which can be found on the packaging of the product either inscribed or indented as shown below. Relationship between Manufacturing dates, Expiry dates and Shelf Life Now this is where caution needs to be applied. Generally, products with shelf lives of 30 months or less should have their expiry dates clearly inscribed on the packaging but that is not the case with many cosmetics.

I have only found shelf lives/PAO (e.g.18M) on most products I own especially makeup. Personally, I think it is important to find out the expiry date (using the above methods i.e. by finding the manufacturing date). Sometimes, the Shelf Life/PAO may seem longer than the expiry date and I always recommend going by the shorter date.

  • I would explain with my Rimmel Eyeshadow.
  • I purchased this start of September 2014.
  • I located the batch code underneath and used the for the manufacturing date which I found to be March 2014.
  • Now going back to the general guidelines for eyeshadows; they are meant to expire within 2 years which is March 2016.
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The PAO/Shelf life says 30M which is 30 months and approximately 2.5 years and this is where one has to be careful. If I went by the Shelf life information, without finding the expiry date, I would assume I can use this product from date of opening September 2014 to March 2017 and this is wrong because it obviously expires in March 2016 going from the manufacturing date.

I always go by the shorter date to be on the safe side and that is usually the expiry date. However, if the shelf life is closer than the expiry date, I would go by the shelf life. I hope this is understandable and feel free to leave any comments/questions. Best thing is going by the shorter date and finding the manufacturing date so you can write down the expiry date.

If you have can’t be hassled, just throw away any makeup once it starts looking and feeling dodgy/funky. Simples!! How can you ensure your products are safe/within their expiry date/shelf life, etc? I know this all sounds cumbersome but it is very important if you want to get the best of your makeup and also protect your skin and yourself from all sorts of nasties.

Granted, only very few people actually experience any untoward effects because most makeup products contain a lot of preservatives so most times, you never notice anything however bacteria are invisible and cosmetics may be infested with them and may appear normal. These are a few tips which I do and I hope to incorporate 1.

Throw away any cosmetics that have a funky smell or looks funny as this is a clear cut indication that something is not right and you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you it’s time to let go.2. Keep a journal so you can record when you purchased/opened a product as this can help you keep track.

It only takes a few minutes or even seconds. Alternatively, you can keep this record on your phone or put a small sticker on the packaging of your product which can serve as reminder for when it’s time to let go.3. Do a monthly clear out of your makeup; throw away any product that looks and smells dodgy and you can check through your makeup journal or records to know when it’s time to throw things away.4.

Obtain the manufacturing dates from the manufacturers/companies or so you can update any products that come into your stash.5. Keep your makeup clean and tidy; wiping after every use in order to preserve it longer because if it is dirty and exposed, bacteria and germs can still find their way inside and cause havocs even if the expiry dates and shelf lives are still far off.6.

Buy makeup from reliable sources like Boots, Superdrug, CVS, etc where you know they have (hopefully) an organised way of checking stock levels and expiry dates at least, you know you won’t find a product that is 100 years old in their stock.7. Buy only makeup that is sealed mainly because if it unsealed, there is a chance that someone else has opened it on display and the shelf life will be reduced.

The worst thing is you won’t know when it has been opened. I find that some naughty people open products on display instead of the testers and that’s really crap and some even go as far as testing the ones for sale. But I find that Superdrug seals most of their products so you can only use the testers.8.

  • If you really want a product in a shop and it is unsealed, ask the sales assistants and they can give you one stored in the cabinets below the display stand; I always do that especially if the product’s packaging looks grubby.
  • Most high ends ones are stored away so not much to worry about with them.
  • That’s it folks and I hope you enjoyed this piece and you are checking your makeup stash and throwing away some dodgy/funky products.

If you have any other tips, please leave them below.see you in my next post.x : Cosmetics Expiry dates and Shelf Life: A Quick Guide

Can we check expiry date by barcode?

iPhone Screenshots – Scan barcodes on any disposable or non-disposable food items to keep your fridge and pantry fresh. Avoid throwing out rotten food by receiving notifications that your valuable items are about to expire. Use BEEP for commercial use or at home on any items with a barcode.

▲ BEEP IS SIMPLE TO USE Scan the barcode, input the expiry date and with the sound of a BEEP, you’re all set! Expiration management couldn’t be any simpler. ▲ EXPIRY DATE PUSH NOTIFICATION SERVICE Receive a friendly notification reminder a day, week or month prior to the expiry date to preserve your valuable food.

▲ GROUP FOOD INTO CATEGORIES Itemize food by type, placement or location depending on home or commercial use. You can categorize and customize to find your goods more easily. ▲ CREATE AND SHARE WITH FAMILY OR GROUP Scans can be shared with others to collectively track of products.

How do you read an expiration date code?

Download Article Download Article Lots of food items, beauty products, and medications are thrown away every year because of misunderstood expiration dates. Learn the difference between an open-date code, which gives you a recommendation on how long a certain item will be good for, versus a closed code, which tells you when an item was actually manufactured.

  1. 1 Look for a date accompanied with “use by,” “sell by,” or “best by.” Check the bottom of the product, the sides of the container, the lid, and the necks of bottles. The numbers are stamped on and can sometimes be hard to read or find depending on where they were placed.
    • Many beauty products don’t come with expiration dates, but some do. Keep in mind that most products have a 30-month shelf life. After they have been opened, it’s recommended to use them within 1 year, though if they don’t smell bad or change consistency, you can use your best judgment as to whether or not you want to keep using them.
    • These types of dates that come with a label are “open dates”, meaning that the food or manufacturing company chose that date and it’s meant for the consumer or for the stockers at the store. There are also “closed codes,” but those are meant for manufacturers, rather than consumers.

    Did You Know? Expiration dates for food, medicines, and beauty products aren’t regulated by the USDA or the FDA. They’re added entirely at the discretion of the actual company. This is part of the reason it can be so tricky to read these dates and understand how long your items will actually be good for.

  2. 2 Use a “best by” date to determine the peak window of freshness or potency. The best-by date is meant for the consumer. However, it definitely doesn’t indicate that the food item, medication, or beauty product will start going bad after the date given. Rather, it just means that the item will be at its freshest or most effective before that date.
    • If a food item smells bad or if you can see mold or discoloration, throw it out. If it smells good, looks good, and has been properly stored, it should still be safe to eat.
    • If a beauty product smells strange or has changed in consistency, it most likely isn’t good anymore. For example, a lotion might become lumpy or a liquid foundation might become tacky.
    • It’s hard to tell if medicine is no longer potent. Most over-the-counter medications are effective for as long as 10 years past the expiration date. The best recommendation is to ask yourself if you need the medication to work at the full 100%. If so, you may want to replace it if it’s past the expiration date.


  3. 3 Remove products from shelves after the “sell by” date if you’re a retailer. You can consume food items safely for at least 7-10 days past the sell-by date, but most retailers will be ready to move the stock off of their shelves to make way for new shipments. Medicines and beauty products generally don’t have sell-by dates, unless they contain fresh ingredients.
    • If you’re shopping and notice that a food product is past its sell-by date, you can still buy it. Just keep in mind that it’ll need to be used within a week or so.
  4. 4 Read a “use by” date as a tip for when an item might start to go bad. This date doesn’t mean that a food item, beauty product, or medicine is no longer safe or that it is bad already. For food items, it means to be on higher alert when you open the product, as it could have started to decay or go stale.
    • The use-by date has more to do with the item’s quality rather than its safety. Remember, these dates are chosen by the manufacturers, not by the FDA or USDA.
    • Some food products also have a “freeze by” date listed, so that consumers can know when to move their goods from the fridge to the freezer so that they don’t have to throw anything out.
    • Pay attention to odd smells or changed consistencies in food items and beauty products. These indicate that the item may not be good to use or consume anymore.
    • You can safely assume that medicine is still effective if it was bought in the last few years, but go ahead and replace the bottle if you’re concerned about it not working at its full potency, like for pain relievers or allergy pills.
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  1. 1 Read a closed code as a “made/manufactured on” date. On many beauty products and canned goods, you can locate a code that is made of either numbers and letters combined or just numbers. If the code isn’t accompanied by words like “use by,” “sell by,” or “best by,” that means it refers to the date the product was manufactured. There are a few different forms that the closed code may take: Tip: Keep in mind that closed-code dating isn’t a representation of a food item’s expiration date. Rather, it’s used for inventory and tracking purposes on the manufacturer’s end.
  2. 2 Read letters as though they were assigned to months. If the code you’re reading includes a letter, use the letters A through L to figure out if the month is January (A), February, (B), March (C), and so on. Read the numbers after the letter as the date of the month and the year in which the item was produced.
    • For example, if a code reads “D1519,” that means April 15, 2019.
    • Many products might have a closed code as well as an open-date code. If the number you’re reading isn’t accompanied by any words, like “use by” or “best by,” it’s a closed code and doesn’t refer to the food’s quality.
  3. 3 Match an all-numerical code with a “month, day, year” sequence. If the code you’re reading is comprised of 6 digits, it most likely is a month-day-year code. Read these codes as MMDDYY, where “MM” refers to the month, “DD” refers to the date, and “YY” refers to the year. This is one of the more common codes that you’ll see on food items.
    • For example, “121518” would be read as December 15, 2018.
    • Certain brands use a year-month-day sequence, where December 15, 2018, would be written as “181215”.
  4. 4 Interpret a 3-digit code as the date in a year that a product was made. This is called the Julian calendar code. It’s commonly used on eggs, but also appears on canned goods. Each day of the 365-day year is assigned a numerical value, where “001” is read as January 1 and “365” is read as December 31.
    • For example, if a can of olives shows a 3-digit code of 213, that means it was manufactured on August 1.

    Tip: With eggs, it’s safe to assume that if you’re within 30 days of the 3-digit code, the eggs are still safe to consume. You can also test an egg’s freshness by putting it in a bowl of cold water. If it sinks, it’s fresh. If it stands up on end, it’s bad.

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Infant formula is the only product regulated by the FDA with literal “use by” dates. If the date on the formula has passed, toss it out.


Even if an item should still technically be good according to its expiration date, always use your senses to check an item. If something smells or looks bad, it’s safer to discard of it rather than to use it.

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How many years does cosmetics expire?

Risks of using expired makeup A common misconception is expired makeup is safe to use, but this isn’t always the case. Risks are associated with using expired makeup including, clogged pores and bacterial growth. It’s important to be mindful of how long your makeup has been in storage so you can avoid these potential health hazards.

  • Your skin may react to product ingredients if they have reached their expiration date.
  • This could lead to redness or irritation.
  • If bacteria get into an open container or onto a brush, they can multiply rapidly and cause breakouts or other infections.
  • Mold is another common issue with old cosmetics because moisture builds up inside containers over time, leading to mold growth.

This mold growth can trigger breakouts or other irritations. Another risk of using expired makeup is a change in the color of the product over time. This is particularly relevant for foundation products. The longer the foundation is kept after purchase, it can oxidize.

This oxidation can change the color. If you notice your favorite beige color foundation taking on a slightly more orange color, it may be expired. Using your sense of smell also is a way to tell if your makeup is expired. This method works well with foundation and mascara. If the product has an odd smell, or a different smell than when you first bought it, throw it out.

If your foundation starts to separate into layers, or your mascara wand gets dry, you may want to reconsider using these products. Do not add water to your mascara to increase the moisture, as this can escalate the bacteria-producing capabilities. In general, makeup typically lasts one year from the manufactured date before expiring.

How to read batch dates?

All Batch Numbers are based on the Date-of-Fill not necessarily the Date-of-Manufacture. For example, the Lot Number 031220 indicates that the product was put in the can on the 3rd (03) of December (12) 2018 (20). There is a 3-digit lot number for the corresponding Hardener. This is a sequential lot number.

Where can I check batch code?

A batch code is printed or stamped on the bottom of a product packaging.

How do I find the manufacture date of my beauty products?

What is the batch code? – The batch code identifies the manufacture date of the product. Usually it is printed on both the primary container and outer packaging. The batch code consists from numbers and letters. If the product is not marked, then it must have the expiration date written. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date

How can I check a product by barcode?

5. What to notice when scanning barcodes on the packaging? – There are many reasons why the barcode on packaging cannot be scanned; they may be corrupted or simply printed on materials that are not up to standard quality.

Code readers are not compatible with barcodes

There are many types of barcodes on the packaging, and each will have a corresponding barcode because the encoding is different, so the size and shape cannot be the same. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date

Barcode printing error

The manufacturer prints most bar codes on products. Each manufacturer publishes the code on different packaging material, even the color of the barcode is different. Others print with no flat surface, making reading them more difficult.

Barcode color errors

The color of the barcode also significantly affects whether the code can be read or not; the scanner can only read the bar code when dark bars are used on a light background, in contrast to the printed barcode. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date

Barcode position is not correct

Check if your bar code is at the corner or the edge of the product packaging, whether it is hidden or not.

Barcode printed product surface

If the product has a transparent or translucent color, this will cause problems with color contrast. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date

Barcodes are blurred or broken

Check if all barcode lines are transparent and clear. Redundant ink points, broken if a barcode scanner, will be challenging to read in this case. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date

Barcode length does not match

A fairly common mistake during print design. If you notice, you may recognize barcodes that can vary in length. The barcode length here is the width of the barcode; it may be too long or too short. In addition, transporting the product may cause the barcode label to peel, scratch, or fade. How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date >>> 8 basic steps in Vietnam packaging company’s manufacturing process

What is the date expiration format?

Proper interpretation of expiration date format A pharmacy team recently experienced an error caused by the format of the expiration date on a stock bottle of aminocaproic acid oral solution that was used to prepare patient-specific oral syringes. The product expired on January 8, 2021, but remained in the pharmacy inventory after that date.

As part of the pharmacy’s expiration date tracking process, a sticker labeled “8/21” had been affixed to the front of the stock bottle to assist staff in properly rotating the stock. When the sticker was created, the manufacturer expiration date format had been incorrectly interpreted as year-day-month, rather than the intended year-month-day ( Figure 1 ).

The discrepancy was later discovered, and the expired product was discarded. Unfortunately, the product already had been dispensed to at least one patient and possibly others. Figure 1. Expiration date format should be read as YYYY-MM-DD. This medication expired on January 8, 2021. In addition to raising awareness with the pharmacy team through the department’s weekly newsletter, signage describing the correct interpretation of standard expiration date formatting (YYYY-MM-DD or YYYY-MM) has been placed in the non-sterile compounding area where oral syringes are prepared and with the materials used to conduct the expiration date tracking/labeling process.

A new USP standard for expressing expiration dates that utilizes this format will become official in 2023. Manufacturers will be allowed to use YYYY-MM for numerical dates (e.g., 2021-01, 2021/01) or alphanumeric dates where months must be displayed using at least three letters in one of the following formats: YYYY-MMM-DD (e.g., 2021-JAN-08, 2021/JAN/08) or YYYY-MMM (e.g., 2021-JAN, 2021/JAN).

When the day of the month is not specified, the intended expiration date is the last day of the stated month. : Proper interpretation of expiration date format

What is the batch number and expiry date?

A batch number is associated with information about the items. Most common information is production facility name, expiry date and manufacturing date. Thus items with the same batch number have the same expiry date. Batch numbers can be found on all packaged food items and medicines.

What color code is expiration date?

I’m trying to color code a list of expiration dates based on six colors. Dark red (today), Red (15 days till expiration), Orange (30 days till expiration) Yellow (60 days till expiration), Yellow-Green (90 day till expiration), and anything greater than 90 Green.

  1. Anything from today or greater than only seems to be showing in Dark Red and any other color is not showing.
  2. Edit I would like to add I was attempting to individually assign colors based on the expiration date by using the rule: Use a formula to determine which cells to format.
  3. But I also understand a formula could be used for the 3 color scale I’m not sure how to make that work.

Example of test dates Edit 2. I still haven’t solved this issue but do continue to post replies. I have some other pressings things to take care of.

How do I know if my skincare product is expired?

When to Throw Out Skin Care Products – Expiration Dates How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date Photo: OlgaMiltsova/Thinkstock Spring is here—and the change in season may have you switching up your skincare routine. But if you’re digging out last year’s lightweight moisturizer, check the expiration date. Most opened products lose their effectiveness after one year and some even sooner, according to cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.

Expired products may not only lack potency, but could also cause an adverse skin reaction. If you’re unsure how old something is, the general rule is to toss anything that has significantly changed in color or odor, or separated, clumped, thickened or thinned, says cosmetic chemist Mort Westman. All are signs that the product has gone bad.

To be completely sure it’s time to let go, here’s a complete list of how long to keep your skincare products.

Moisturizer Unopened: Two to three years Opened: Up to one year

How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date Photo: Jacob Wackerhausen/Thinkstock Sunscreen Unopened: Two to three years Opened: Six months to one year How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date Photo: IngaIvanova/Thinkstock Treatment Products (such as facial serum, retinoids, AHAs or Vitamin C) in A Pump or Tube Unopened or Opened: No longer than one year How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date Photo: merznatalia/Thinkstock Treatment Products in A Jar Unopened: No longer than one year Opened: Up to six months How To Check Cosmetic Expiration Date Photo: Purestock/Thinkstock Masks Unopened: Two to three years Opened: Up to one year* *For cream or gel masks. Clay masks tend to dry out once opened, so they may last only six months. : When to Throw Out Skin Care Products – Expiration Dates

Why there is no expiry date on cosmetics?

Does FDA have rules for cosmetic shelf life and expiration dates on cosmetic labels? – There are no U.S. laws or regulations that require cosmetics to have specific shelf lives or have expiration dates on their labels. However, manufacturers are responsible for making sure their products are safe.

  • FDA considers determining a product’s shelf life to be part of the manufacturer’s responsibility.
  • Not all “personal care products” are regulated as cosmetics.
  • Some, such as sunscreen products and acne treatments, are drugs under the law.
  • Some, such as makeup and moisturizers that are also sunscreens, with “SPF” labeling, are regulated as both cosmetics and drugs.

Drugs, including those that are both drugs and cosmetics, must be tested for stability (see the regulations at ) and are required to have expiration dates printed on the labels. Manufacturers must make sure their drug products are safe and effective until their expiration dates.