Sun Safety Tips: Sunscreen Expires

Sun Safety Tips: Sunscreen Expires

Buyer (and beachgoer) beware - sunscreen doesn't last forever. In fact, it loses its effectiveness over time. Some facts & tips...

  • The USDA requires that sunscreen remains at its original strength for at least three years. Opening and using a bottle doesn't change the three-year time frame.
  • Some sunscreens include an expiration date, but the USDA doesn't mandate it. If yours doesn't, write the date you bought it on the bottle & throw it out three years after that day
  • To keep sunscreen in good condition, keep bottles in the shade and out of direct sunlight. Don't keep sunscreen in your ar
  • Throw out sunscreen if its colors of texture change significantly