How long cosmetics are fresh?
Shelf life of cosmetics depends on period after opening and production date.
Period after opening (PAO). Some cosmetics should be used within a specified period of time after opening due to oxidation and microbiological factors. Their packaging has a drawing of an open jar, inside it there is a number representing the number of months. In this example it is 6 months of use after opening.
Production date. Unused cosmetics also lose their freshness and become dry. According to EU law, the manufacturer has to put the expiration date only on cosmetics whose shelf life is less than 30 months. The most common periods of suitability for use from date of manufacture:
|Perfumes with alcohol||- about 5 years|
|Skin care||- minimum 3 years|
|Makeup||- from 3 years (mascara) to more than 5 years (powders)|
Expiration dates may vary depending on the manufacturer.