Does Sunscreen Expire? Here's How To Tell If You Need To Toss Your Bottle

I never really think of beauty products as expiring. I mean, it's not like they're a carton of eggs in your fridge or something, but that definitely doesn't mean they last forever. If you've got a super old bottle of sunscreen in your drawer and have wondered if sunscreen expires, then I hope you remember just how long that bottle has been sitting there.

You know by now that if there's one thing you should do for your skin everyday, it's definitely use sunscreen, but if that bottle has expired, you could be lathering up without any of the protective benefits. So what's the deal — can your sunscreen actually expire? Yes, it absolutely can, but it's not going to go bad as fast as your milk or yogurt would. Phew.

You may not have noticed (because really, who would think to check?) but many sunscreens are actually stamped with an expiration date, however, not all are. According to MayoClinic, a good rule of thumb is that you can use sunscreen up to three years. If it's older than three years, toss that bottle. (Bet you're now totally second guessing how long you've actually had it in there).

So what if the bottle is beyond its expiration date? It's not going to expire the next day, and the three year rule still applies. Sunscreen can still be good beyond the expiration date, as it is effective for up to three years. If the date falls before that, you're good. It's really just a guideline, but once you hit three years, buy a new bottle.

If you've had that bottle for three years, shop these seven sunscreens to make sure you're getting maximum protection.

1. La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay Sunscreen, $33, Amazon

This sunscreen is Paraben and fragrance-free, so you don't have to worry about irritation.

2. Neutrogena

Neutrogena Face Sunscreen, $10, Amazon

It's oil-free, so if you're prone to breakouts, choose one like this.

3. Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face Natural Sunscreen, $11, Amazon

If you prefer all-natural products, this sunscreen is for you.

4. Radha Beauty

Radha Beauty Face Moisturizer With SPF 30, $12, Amazon

It's a moisturizer and a sunscreen all in one.

5. Andre Lorent

Andre Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen, $25, Amazon

If your skin is feeling dry, this sunscreen will help rehydrate it.

6. CeraVe

CeraVe Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 50, $11, Amazon

The higher the SPF, the more protection you'll get.

7. Sun Bum

Sun Bum Face Stick SPF 30, $10, Amazon

If you're not into lotions, try a face stick.

8. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $28, Amazon

If you're worried about ruining your makeup when reapplying, use this setting mist, equipped with SPF 50.

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