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Do Sunscreens Expire? How to Tell If Your SPF Has Gone Bad

In our tropical climate, sunscreen is a must. Sun-damaged skin is an express train to premature ageing skin. This is why it is important to ensure your sunscreen is doing exactly what is printed on the box. Do sunscreens lose efficacy as time goes on? Do I need to store my sunscreen in a cool place? When should I replace my sunscreen?

Regardless of the weather or time of day, the threat of UV rays is always present. This is why it is important to wear sunscreen all year-round. Apply a high SPF (SPF30-50) sunscreen to all areas of your face and body, including eyelids, for optimal protection.

Sunscreens usually have their expiration date printed on their packaging and should never be used past their expiration date. Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients such as oxybenzone, which can oxidize and become less effective. Mineral sunscreens do not share the same problem, but they do still degrade.

Most sunscreens have been designed to last three years. However, there are other external factors which could shorten the lifespan of your sunscreen. This includes the storing of the product in a warm place such as a car, by the pool or in your purse. You may have to replace your sunscreen once every few months as a result, just to be sure it is still effective.

To be sure, there are several factors you can look out for to determine if your sunscreen is still providing optimal protection for your skin.ConsistencyTextureSmell

Any changes to the above is an indication that it is time replace your sunscreen.

Along with a great sunscreen lotion, the addition of antioxidants to your skin care routine can help protect your skin against sun damage and reverse some of the pigmentation cause by UV exposure. We recommend the natural sunscreens from the Suntegrity range, as they are packed with antioxidants to protect and repair.

Add a cute hat and sunglasses (preferably plastic frames over aviators, as the metal frames reflect sunlight on the tops of the cheeks and often cause sun spots) for extra protection and style!

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