Eye Cream

Can Eye Cream Expire?

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Eye creams are the secret weapon of so many beauty fanatics.

Who doesn’t want to look younger and more vibrant?

But here’s a question that too few people ask: Can eye cream expire?

According to several dermatologists, not only can eye creams expire, they’re actually at a higher risk of spoiling than most facial products.

The reason behind this is simple: Your eyes have fewer oil glands than other parts of your face do, so they don’t produce as much natural lubrication.

This means your eyes are more susceptible to dryness and irritation when you use an expired product or one that’s not right for your skin type.

And even if you aren’t experiencing any irritation today, using old eye cream could be causing gradual damage over time!

So before you decide on another tube of something new from Sephora—or even just toss out what’s left from last year—here are some tips on how to know whether it’s worth keeping around:

What is the shelf life of eye cream?

“The shelf life of an eye cream can be anywhere between six months to two years,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told INSIDER.

While there are no federal regulations regarding how long cosmetics should last, most manufacturers will provide an expiration date (typically found on the box or bottle) that tells you how long they can be used before they expire.

When storing your favorite products, it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures such as those found in your car or bathroom cabinet.

The ideal environment is a cool dry place away from heat radiators where moisture won’t collect around them

How to tell if eye cream has expired?

How can you tell if your eye cream has expired? There are a few different ways to determine this.

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1. Check the product’s expiration date

First, check the product’s expiration date. Most eye creams will have an expiration date listed on their packaging somewhere.

If there isn’t one, you should call the company that makes it and ask them what their policy is regarding the shelf life of eye cream products.

Some companies may not have an official policy; however, most do—and usually, they’re pretty generous with their deadlines (typically 3-5 years from purchase).

2. Look at how it looks and feels

Next, look at how it looks and feels when you take it out of its container or open a new tube of gel-like goo: does it look shiny or sticky?

If so, that could mean that bacteria has grown in it since opening and needs to be tossed immediately before any further damage is done to the sensitive skin around your eyes!

3. Smell test

Does whatever type of cream feel rancid or begin smelling like spoiled milk?

Do not apply anything under your eyes with these characteristics (or anywhere else for that matter).

4. Check consistency

Finally and most importantly, check the consistency before applying because sometimes cosmetic lines like Clinique have different ingredients depending on whether they are intended for daytime use versus nighttime use so be sure not just based on appearance alone but also by reading labels carefully so as not accidentally mix up which type goes where between morning/evening routines.

Do you need to refrigerate eye cream?

Eye cream is not required to be refrigerated.

You can refrigerate it if you want to give it extra-long shelf life.

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Refrigeration will help preserve the product’s effectiveness, but this doesn’t mean the eye cream won’t last long if you don’t refrigerate it.

The safety and efficacy of the product won’t be affected by whether or not you store them at room temperature or in the refrigerator, so long as they remain undamaged and unopened throughout their recommended shelf life (which is generally two years).

Can you use expired eye cream on your face?

There are no definitive answers, but here’s what we do know:

  • It’s usually better to err on the side of caution. If you have a serious eye problem and need to use eye cream right away, it may be best to get a new product rather than risk using something that might not be as effective or safe for your situation.
  • If it’s only slightly expired, it may still be okay—but you should use your best judgment before applying it to your face. You can always throw out anything that looks suspicious or is leaking from its container.
  • If you’re unsure if an item has expired, throw it out!

How long does eye cream last if stored at room temperature without being opened or used?

If you’re not using your eye cream, it can remain in its original container for about two to three years.

To extend the life of your eye cream even further, keep it stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

If you do open the product and use it regularly, you should discard it after six months or so because bacteria can grow on an opened product.

How long does eye cream last when stored in a refrigerator after opening and being used once or twice a week (not daily)?

Eye cream can last up to two years if stored in a refrigerator after opening and being used once or twice a week (not daily).

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The reason for this is because you only use such a small amount of eye cream in each application, the product doesn’t have time to go bad.

If you don’t place your eye cream in the refrigerator, it will still remain safe to use for several months; however, it won’t last as long and might spoil if not properly stored.

Does the expiration date affect how long the product will remain effective for its intended purpose after opening for use?

The expiration date on an eye cream bottle is not a guarantee that the product will remain effective once you open it.

Instead, this date is generally used as a manufacturer’s suggestion for when to replace an opened product with a new one.

This date doesn’t take into account how long the eye cream remains effective after opening for use (or how long it retains its potency).

For example, if you notice that your current night cream starts to smell different than usual or loses its texture and consistency, you’ll want to throw it out before using it again!

The same goes for most products in your medicine cabinet—if something starts to smell weird or change color, don’t just assume that these changes are normal; they could mean there is something wrong with your medication.

Final Thoughts

We hope this blog post has helped you understand how to tell if your eye cream is expired, and how long it will last after opening.

If you have questions or comments about the shelf life of eye cream and other beauty products, please leave them below!