Sunscreens have another number even more important than that SPF number….the expiration date.
A 'Good Morning America' investigation discovered stores selling expired containers of sunscreen. Each of the retailers is now investigating themselves.
Here’s why this is important:
When sunscreen expires, the chemicals break down, leaving it as effective as putting nothing on your skin. That could mean a painful sunburn, with possible permanent damage, especially for children and those with sun sensitivity.
Now, most sunscreen is okay to use for up to three years after that expiration date, but some go bad within a year of expiring. Most brands have an easily understood expiration stamp with the date on them, but Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat (except for this year) need decoding. The first two numbers on those products tell you the year.
Break out your bottles, check them, and regularly replace any outdated product. Then enjoy the sun!
Source: ABC News