Understanding the shelf life of your skincare

Taking care of your skin is an essential form of self-care and is becoming more and more integral to enhancing overall wellness. We know that investing in high-quality skincare is key to achieving the results we’re looking for, but many people forget that the ingredients inside our favourite skincare products have a shelf life. When purchasing and using skincare products, it’s important to understand how long the ingredients can be stored for.

111SKIN products do not contain any artificial preservatives, like parabens, which are often used to extend the shelf life of skincare products.

Oxygen, bacteria, sunlight and heat are all elements to be aware of as certain ingredients can lose their potency when exposed to these conditions. 111SKIN products are powered by many high-quality active ingredients which are key to solving skincare concerns. However, once these ingredients begin to degrade, they can cause such concerns to return.

Ingredients that are particularly vulnerable to losing their efficiency include:  

  • GLYCOLIC ACID: Found in our Lunar38 intensive treatment programme, Glycolic Acid’s shelf life is between 9-12 months.
  • RETINOL: it’s derivative Retinyl Palmitate: Found in our Intensive Collection (aside from the Contour Firming Mask and Vitamin C Brightening Booster). Retinol and Retinyl are also found in our Nocturnal Eclipse Recovery Cream, Y Theorem Day Cream Light NAC Y2™ and the Y Theorem Day Cream NAC Y2™. Expiry dates range from 33-36 months.
  •  VITAMIN C & E:  any plant extracts: Generally, natural vitamin and organic extracts have varied shelf lives depending on the usage and rate of oxidation. For our Vitamin C products, this tends to be around 33 months. Extracts on the other hand can last longer – up to 36 months.
  • NAC Y²™: Our proprietary formula has a maximum shelf life of 33 months.
  • HYALURONIC ACID: A popular skincare ingredient, this humectant can deeply hydrate your skin from within. Our Hyaluronic Acid-based products – such as the Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster, Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Mask, Molecular Hydration Mask, Oxygen Express Mask, Vitamin C Brightening Booster and NAC Y²™ products – have shelf lives that range from 33 – 36 months.



    • CHANGING ODORS: Pay attention to the scent of your skincare. Noticeable changes in fragrances from when you first opened your product can be a sign that a product has reached its expiry.
    • DETERIORATION: Significantly damaged internal packaging can indicate there has been contamination, or that the product has been exposed to air. This will damage the potency of any actives present in the formula.
    • DISCOLOURATION: Another effect of oxidation and a sure sign the product has passed its optimal quality
    • TEXTURE: All 111SKIN products are designed to feel luxurious and provide a deeply sensorial experience. If you notice a change in the texture of any of your 111SKIN products, please discontinue use and replace as this is not the intended state.


    In order to enjoy the full spectrum of benefits our skincare products provide, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place such as a cabinet or a drawer. Always tighten the cap of a product as much as possible after each use and minimise their exposure to oxygen. Keeping your products airtight will maximise freshness and keep them safe from oxidation.


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