When Your Scrubs, Creams & Other Skin Care Products Expire

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Black Woman with Face Mud MaskWe all know that makeup expires, but what about your favorite skin care products? Your trusty face mask and powerful pimple cream need to be thrown away after awhile, too. Allure got the details!

GRAINY SCRUBS
Toss after: Two years. These hearty exfoliants are made of virtually indestructible materials, but an open tub will still become a breeding ground for bacteria over time.

ACNE PRODUCTS
Toss after: Four to six months. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, two of the most common pimple fighters, decay quickly. Keep them in the refrigerator for maximum potency.

SUNSCREENS
Toss after: One to two years—it varies, so check the expiration date on your tube. Keep sunscreen in a cooler when at the beach and trash any tube that’s been left sitting in a hot car.

MOISTURIZING CREAMS
Toss after: One year. Though a plain moisturizer without anti-aging ingredients will last well past this mark, you can contaminate it by dipping repeatedly into the jar. GET THE REST HERE!

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