Are you unsure whether your sun protection is still good? We’ll give you four tips on how to extend the shelf life of your sunscreen.
To survive the hot, sunny days, one thing is essential: a sunscreen. It protects our skin from UV rays and prevents us from getting a bad sunburn. But can we still use the leftover sunscreen from last year? Basically yes, as long as the color and consistency have not changed.
However, if the cream is yellowish or smells musty, you should better get a new sunscreen. In order to easily extend the shelf life of your sunscreen in the future, we will tell you four tips that will help you:
1. Close the sunscreen well
Oxygen changes the ingredients in cosmetic products faster than we would like, so you should always close the tube well after use. Firstly, the cream cannot run out, and secondly, it lasts a lot longer.
2. Do not store sunscreen in the heat
Admittedly, it is not easy to store sunscreen cool when we are bathing or on the beach. However, heat significantly reduces the shelf life of the cream or spray. Therefore, it is best to take a small cooler bag in which drinks can also be stored. If this is too expensive for you, you can also store the sunscreen in the shade or under the deck chair in an emergency.
3. Keep the sunscreen sterile
It is not new that germs and bacteria significantly reduce the shelf life of cosmetics. Therefore, when closing the sunscreen or the sun spray, you should make sure that residues in the lid are removed and that sand, earth, grass, and other crumbs are kept away.
Our tip: Wipe over the opening once with a clean towel or handkerchief before closing – done!
4. Store the sunscreen in a cool place over the cold months
Cool storage of the sunscreen extends the shelf life by a lot and enables you to use the torn sunscreen again next year without hesitation. It is best to keep the tube in the fridge or in the basement during the winter months.