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Does CC Cream expire if unopened? How long does it last?

Updated: November 24, 2021

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When you are someone who does makeup, it is always a fear of using an expired product, and the biggest confusion is regarding the unopened makeup we have. So, keeping that in mind let us discuss – 

Whether CC cream expires if unopened or not?

Yes! CC cream can expire even if it is unopened, however, an unopened CC crème can last more than opened one but eventually, it will expire. An unopened CC cream can last up to 2-3 years depending on its ingredients and preservatives.

Cream-based products have lesser shelf life than powdered products because of oils. So, when you purchase any product keep this in mind.

Make sure you store the products properly to make them last longer till the shelf life, the shelf life can decrease as you store the product improperly.

Does CC Cream expire?

Yes, both opened and unopened CC cream expire after a period of time. there is no such makeup product that does not expire so keep that in mind. Just like any other makeup products like foundation, concealer, bb cream, Cc cream can also expire.

As soon as you find out that your cc crème has expired, do not use it again, throw it right away. That is the only thing which you do to an expired product. Expired makeup products can be dangerous for skin so do take it lightly.

How long does CC cream Last?

A CC crème can last up to 12-18 months when opened and can last up to 2 -3 years when unopened.

The whole time period depends on several factors like how well you store and the ingredients it is made of.

A CC cream which is stored in a place with moisture or heat can go bad within months even if it is unopened.

Organic products also have a shelf like of a year and half as they do not contain any preservatives in it. due to that they do not last longer. Any product with strong preservatives lasts for longer years.

How to tell if the CC cream has expired or not?

Generally all makeup products shows the same signs when they expire which applies to CC cream as well. Here are the signs to look out while finding if CC cream have expired or not.

1. Checking the expiration date

The easiest way is to check the expiration date on the packaging of the concealer, it is always there so do not worry, now as per some rules it is mandatory to mention the expiration date. The number of months mentioned is followed by a M. The symbol for that period after opening (PAO) indicates how many months the product will expire after opening. Remembering which month, you opened it around is helpful.

2. Smell

The second way is to smell your product, if the product smells bad do not use it in the first place. Most of these products have very good smells as they contain perfume in it. If they are smelling foul then it might have gone bad.

3. Texture

Many times, the textures can also tell you that it has expired. Simply by touching it you can feel something different and it is advised to throw away that product at that very moment to prevent any kind of damage.

4. Color change

when any product expires it oxidises and the color of the product changes, so if you see any strange color thing happening in your cc crème you may discard it.

What happens if you use expired CC cream?

if you use an expired cc crème it can cause so many side effects such as acne skin irritation and even skin allergies.

No one has ever suggested using any expired product, cc crème contains a lot of oil butter and spf too as the product expires it starts to break down each of its particles and due to the chemical reactions happening in the product it can damage your skin to the fullest.

So, it is better to throw away the expired product.

How to store CC cream?

CC cream should be stored in a box or in a makeup bag away from excess heat, they do not actually need a refrigerator for that instance but if you think the temperature has risen then you may keep it in a refrigerator or a cool and dry place.

Keep your makeup products away from heat and moisture, and this the only hack to make your makeup products last longer .

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