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How Bad Is It For Redheads To Use Expired Sunscreen?

This is a PSA: Expired Sunscreen is Dangerous

Using expired redhead-approved beauty products always comes with a risk. Some items like an expired lipstick or mascara won’t cause too much harm, but what about sunscreen? Using a sunscreen that is expired is actually quite dangerous. The product most likely won’t harm your skin, but the sun will. 

You see, sunscreen starts to get less effective once it’s become too old, which means you might think you’re getting SPF 40 but really you’re getting SPF 20 (at best) and potentially patchy coverage. This will leave you vulnerable to sunburn and skin damage from the sun.

It’s always wise to keep an eye on sunscreens, not purchase too many at once, and always use up the oldest (non-expired) ones first. Not sure if your sunscreen is still keeping you protected? Most sunscreens have an expiration date on them, and if they don’t the FDA says the standard lifespan is about 3 years. 

Sunscreen can also be affected by heat and cool, so if you’ve left your sunscreen out in the hot temps or let it freeze and the consistency is off, it’s time to toss it because the sun protection may be compromised.

READ: Yes, Your Redhead Beauty Products Expire — This Is How Often You Should Be Replacing Them

READ: 6 Important Things For Redheads To Consider When Buying Sunscreen

Rock it like a Redhead!