Many platforms and applications can help you check your cosmetics' expiry dates. Image: Shutterstock/Turian via AFP Relaxnews

Are you sure your beauty products haven’t expired already?

October 19th, 2020
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Many platforms and applications can help you check your cosmetics’ expiry dates. Image: Shutterstock/Turian via AFP Relaxnews

Have you ever bought a moisturizer only to realize it was manufactured almost 10 years ago? That is more or less what happened to a TikTok user, who created a short video to explain some of the cosmetics currently being sold may have expired years ago. Fortunately, there are several platforms and apps in existence to help us avoid using such products, which could be dangerous.

His name is Canon Ryder and he has 60,000 TikTok followers. Although he is not a star, Canon made waves on the video-sharing platform a few days ago with a short clip that received a million likes and was shared tens of thousands of times.

The young man filmed himself in a store before buying skincare. But rather than going to the cashier, he verified the expiry date on Checkcosmetic.net and discovered the product had been manufactured on Jan. 4, 2011, while its shelf life should only be 36 months.

@canonryder

Always check cosmetic products!!! #fyp #beauty #makeup #skincare

♬ original sound – Canon Ryder

Even though such extreme examples are quite rare, consumers should be aware of their cosmetics’ expiry dates. When such products have expired, they tend to be less efficient or totally useless, sometimes even dangerous for you and your skin. It is, therefore, worth spending a few minutes on your smartphone before buying any product to prevent such disappointment.

Be aware, however, that even though some manufacturing dates may seem far in the past, it does not always necessarily mean the product is worthless and belongs in the trash, especially if it is still sealed. Many makeup products can be kept long after their date of production.

Among the many dedicated platforms that let you find out the manufacturing date of any product is Check Cosmetic, which comes in two versions. You just need to select a brand, or to search for a product, then enter the package code. You will know in a matter of seconds if the product is still good or not. CC

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