Have you ever purchased skincare products at prices you just thought were too good to be true? Perhaps you found them at your favor discount store(s) and bought a few more than you should have because they’re usually much more expensive.
You’re excited about using your bargain skincare products, but realize something is not right. This name brand may be something you’ve been using for quite some time, but somehow you notice your skin is having an unusually negative reaction.
Another thing you may have noticed about your bargain skincare products is its inability to do the job like it used to. In fact, it may be drying out your skin instead of actually hydrating it!
Most of our food items have expiration dates to keep us from getting sick and other bacterial infections. So why not products we put on our skin?
An example of why expiration dates might be needed is when skincare products with AHA is used. AHA is short for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and is an unstable ingredient found in many skincare products used to help remove dead skin cells. After a period of time, the potency level changes and sometimes your skin stands the risk of getting rashes and skin irritation.
What is PAO?
This tells you how many months you can use the product before you discontinuing and throwing it away. Unfortunately this doesn’t help much for some people who have no idea what they’ve actually opened it. And what if it’s been sitting on a shelf unopened for 5 years? Would it still be ok to use?
Why Product Potency Is Very Important
When we purchase products, we usually do so with hopes that it can miraculously get rid of imperfections and make us beautiful. Sure, it’s possible for the products to do as their packaging or marketing materials promise, but sometimes its efficiency might be a result of its potency.
To avoid the risks caused by expired products and potency, it’s also important to consider the following:
- Avoid product diversion and purchasing from unauthorized sellers
- Be mindful of the consistency and appearance of the products