Can SPF Expire?
We can’t say enough about the benefits of SPF — sun damage is the number one reason our skin ages prematurely, so if you want to look youthful for as long as possible, apply SPF! You might have witnessed first-hand what can happen when you are exposed to the sun without SPF — it can lead to excess melanin production which may result in dark spots on your face, hands, and neck. Even if you have the highest quality SPF moisturizer on the market, you need to keep an eye on whether it’s still good because SPF doesn’t last forever. Find out more below.
Can SPF Expire?
The short answer is, yes, it can and you need to be diligent about checking the expiration date, as well as your product’s consistency. Also how you store the product as SPF can degrade when exposed to the sun on a continual basis so try to store the product in the shade rather than out in the direct sunlight. If you pour some into your palm and the liquid has disintegrated or smells strange, it’s time to discard it.
What Happens When You Don’t Apply SPF
Sun damage can cause hyperpigmentation on your skin ranging from dark spots as small as a freckle to larger shapes such as melasma. The more your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays without broad-spectrum SPF the more likely it is to show signs of premature aging.
How To Avoid Dark Spots
The smartest way to avoid getting dark spots in the first place is by applying a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher to exposed skin, especially if you are planning to be outdoors. If you’re unsure if a sunscreen is still good, better to err on the side of caution and toss it and replace it. Products containing SPF are extremely important to include in your healthy skin care arsenal. So make sure your sunscreens and moisturizers are current and contain the right SPF number you need to protect your skin safely from the sun.