Does Sunscreen Expire?

Short answer, yes.

If you’re using a chemical-based sunscreen, then the general rule is that it is no longer effective after one year. And there’s no benefit to rubbing yourself or your children with useless sunscreen. You could get burned in more than one way: read on. Check your container for an expiration date. If it’s several years old, toss it!

If there’s no expiration date, try to remember when you bought the sunscreen. Really, you should be using enough sunscreen that your bottle is gone within a year. If you can’t remember when you bought your sunscreen, toss it! It’s not only ineffective in protecting you from sunburns, it can be causing other problems too.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), chemical sunscreen past its prime can degenerate into free radicals (i.e. carcinogens). It has been proven that chemicals such as oxybenzone, a very common chemical used in chemical sunscreens, is a known hormone disruptor that has been linked to allergies and cell damage, and can get absorbed into the bloodstream very fast.

On the other hand, Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreens are effective for two years. So, not only do Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreen products protect you just as long as a chemical-based sunscreen, but you won’t be covering yourself or your children with chemicals; you’ll be using a non-greasy, sheer sunscreen that protects you and your family immediately and you’ll be getting a gentle formulation that offers powerful broad-spectrum protection that is also reef-safe and biodegradable. What more can you ask for?

Give yourself the gift of effective sunscreen. Your skin will thank you.

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