If a lotion expires 12/20 should I throw it out December 1 or December 31?

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  • Jerry
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago
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    No, just keep using it. It's not going to be dangerous or stop working just because that date comes and goes. The manufacturer guarantees the product will be good to use until AT LEAST 12/20. This should not be taken to mean that will NOT be good to use after 12/20, only that the manufacturer guarantee has expired. 

    The date on food works the same way. It's not an "expiration" date but a "freshness guaranteed until" date. Most stores don't sell the product past the "freshness guaranteed" date but that's a very different thing from the food becoming unsafe to eat. Consider the thrift bakeries and thrift groceries that sell items with passed freshness guaranteed dates. The food isn't dangerous; you're just taking a risk that it's no longer fresh. 

  • Audrey
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Neither. Just use it up. It'll be fine.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It should be good for quite a while after the best before date. It's not like it will turn to battery acid or fill with glass shards overnight or grow mushrooms overnight. Unlike food, the date isn't an expiration date. In most cosmetics and skin care things it's best before. It will still be okay to use. The only exception to this is sunscreens, after the best before date it no longer offers its full sun protection factor.  

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