How to tell when Korean Beauty Products expire
One of the first lessons we learned is how to tell when Korean beauty products expire. Below is a quick tutorial on how to do this and how long to keep your products before it’s expired.
How to keep track
We recommend writing the expiration dates onto the bottle/jar (after opened) with a permanent ink pen. This will help remind you when your products will expired.
How long to keep what
Here is a chart of the normal shelf life of Korean beauty products. This table outlines product lines and types along with open and unopened shelf life.
|PRODUCT LINE||PRODUCT TYPE||SHELF LIFE – UNOPENED||SHELF LIFE – OPENED|
|Makeup||Lipstick, Lip gloss||30 Months/2.5 Years||6-18 Months|
|Mascara, Eyeliner||24 Months/2 Years||6 Months|
|Foundation, Eyeshadow, Blush, Concealer, Primer/Base||36 Months/3 Years||12 Months/1 Year|
|Face Powder or Powder Foundation||60 Months/5 Years||36 Months/3 Years|
|Skincare||Moisturizers, Toners, Essences, Eye Creams, Sunscreens/Sunblock, Serums||30 Months/2.5 Years||12 Months/1 Year|
|Cleaners||Foam Cleansers, Cream Cleansers, Face Oils, Exfoliants, Face Wipes||30 Months/2.5 Years||12 Months/1 Year|
|Packs||Sheet Masks||12 Months/1 Year||Use Immediately|
|Wash-Off Masks||30 Months/2.5 Years||12 Months/1 Year|
Symbols, Date Formats and more
Korean products generally show 3 different symbols – Manufacturing date, Expiration date and Use By date.
제조 – Manufactured Date: When it was manufactured so consumers feel like they’ve received a fresh product batch
까지 – Expiration Date: Use before this date
제조일 – Use By Date: Use by this date
Manufactured date with expiration date is designed to help consumers know when the product was made so they can gauge how “fresh” their product is. Apply the product shelf life above to the corresponding dates (unopened/opened shelf life to Manufactured date) and use expiration date as the last date of usage whether it’s opened or not.
Recommended Shelf Life Icon
This is a small “jar” icon with a number next to an M (representing MONTHS). This is the recommended shelf life after you’ve opened the product.
Where can you find these dates?
- Tubes: Embossed at the bottom (opposite of opening) of the tube
- Sheet Mask: Inked on the back
- Jars/Bottles: Inked on the box or bottom of the product