Sorry, dad—maybe you should reassess your hoarding situation and consider buying a new one every summer instead.
I was at my parents’ house in Connecticut recently, preparing for a trip to the man-made beach the same way I always do: by slathering my entire body in sunscreen until I look head-to-toe glazed like a human Krispy Kreme (original flavor).
Regrettably, my tube of Jurlique Sun Specialist SPF 40 High Protection Cream was still idling on the kitchen table all the way back in Brooklyn, where I’d left it in my frenzy to get out the door.
“It’s just not worth taking a chance,” says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, founder of Sea Radiance.
“Sunscreen contains preservatives which work to protect the product for a certain amount of time.
"If spring comes and you still have some left from the prior year, finish it up and then get a new bottle," dermatologist Dr.
Melissa Piliang of the Cleveland Clinic told Business Insider.And it's not just necessary for the glow-in-the-dark pale types. Better dig out that bottle of sunscreen that's been hiding in your closet, eagerly anticipating warm weather and sunshine.But is it still good after its winter slumber under the beach towels? In general, a bottle of sunscreen will last about three years. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Selector .selector_results_container.form_buttons.form_buttons a.form_buttons input[type='submit'].form_buttons .submit_button.form_buttons .submit_button.form_buttons .action_button.hover_menu.hover_menu:before,.hover_menu:after.hover_menu.show_nub:before.hover_menu.show_nub:after.hover_menu.show_nub.white_bg:after.hover_menu .hover_menu_contents.hover_menu.white_bg .hover_menu_contents. whe we used it a month ago it was very hot sunny day.The Mayo Clinic recommends using one ounce of sunscreen (about a shot glass worth) to cover areas exposed to the sun, but obviously that depends on body size and skin exposure.