How many of us still have the mascara that we bought three years ago and haven’t used it yet? Cosmetic products which shelf life is less than 30 months must be marked with “Best before” date according to common regulations in the most of the countries. Such products can no longer meet safety requirements as soon as expiry date has been passed. It’s not mandatory to have such labeling for the cosmetic products which shelf life exceeds 30 months. Most of such products should not be harmful even after the expiration; but they can change smell, color, texture or simply become useless. Purchasing such product could mean wasted money.
How can this be avoided? It looks so easy: you just need to find the expiration date or “Period After Opening” sign on the cosmetic product packaging. Unfortunately, cosmetics and perfume brands eventually do not indicate the production or expiration date in the clear, human-readable form. Instead, a product is marked with a batch code or a lot number, which is convenient to the company, but does not provide any information to a beauty product consumer. Even worse, some online shops remove any additional labels which contain information about the country where the product was manufactured as well as the expiration date.
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