• By Laurel Kelly

Consumer Health: Check your sunscreen’s expiration date

August 9, 2019
a woman applying sunscreen to the nose of a laughing young girl at the beach

Does sunscreen expire?
Is that leftover sunscreen from last summer still OK to use? Maybe. Sunscreens are required by the Food and Drug Administration to remain at their original strengths for at least three years, and some products include an expiration date indicating when they're no longer effective. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next, up to that expiration date. Keep in mind, though, that if you use sunscreen as recommended — generously and frequently — a container shouldn't last long. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

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