A sim­ple guide to sunscreen

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While many of us are guilty of keep­ing last year’s stash of sunscreen it turns out that it’s not nec­es­sar­ily still safe to use, but what else are we get­ting wrong when it comes to sun pro­tec­tion?

Does sun cream ex­pire? Just like any other beauty prod­uct, Dr Mervyn Pat­ter­son from Woodford Med­i­cal told Cos­mopoli­tan that most sun creams do ex­pire and, be­cause of this, they should come with an ex­piry date. How­ever, if the date was stamped on the outer pack­ag­ing then, as a rule of thumb, most lo­tions will last for around 12 months.

How to tell if it’s out of date? If you can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly when you pur­chased the sun cream there are luck­ily some other ways to tell if it’s still in date. Here, you should ex­am­ine the for­mula to see if there has been a change in tex­ture or smell. If it looks or smells dif­fer­ent from when you irst bought it then chances are it should be dis­carded.

What hap­pens if you use ex­pired sun cream? If you have used a for­mula that is out of date then it is likely to be in­ef­fec­tive and, as a re­sult, could lead to sun­burn. Sim­i­larly, there’s a greater risk that the prod­uct re­act with your skin and cause ir­ri­ta­tion.

How should you store it? The longevity of a sun cream de­pends largely on how it is stored so if you want to get the most out of yours make sure it’s stored some­where shaded, cool and dry. You should avoid any con­tact with di­rect sun­light as this can change the for­mula of the prod­uct. When should you ap­ply sun cream?

Ac­cord­ing to the NHS, sunscreen should be ap­plied to all ex­posed skin, in­clud­ing the face, neck and ears 30 min­utes be­fore you go out in the sun.

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