Now Is The Best Time To Organize Your Sunscreen

It’s time to organize my what?

We can’t always protect our skin by covering up with beautiful beach umbrellas. But we can cover up with sunscreen.

With Memorial Day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to take a look at the sunscreen you have on hand and decide whether you should keep it or not. If you live in an ever-sunny area, this post may or not apply to you. Since it may apply, keep reading to see if it is time to organize your sunscreen!

According to this article, sunscreen does expire. So, it’s imperative, if we want to protect our skin, that we make sure the sunscreen we are using is still good. Not all sunscreen containers have an expiration date stamped on them. And even if they do, you will want to read this article about things to look for.

When it comes time to organize the sunscreen, the first thing I want you to do is to grab all the sunscreen you can find and place it on the table. If you have your sunscreen all in one place, that makes it easy. If you are someone that has sunscreen in several places, gather it all together and see what you have.

Places you might want to look would be:

  • the glovebox
  • under the seats in the car
  • the boat
  • the wave runner
  • the swim bag you didn’t empty from last year
  • bathroom cabinets
  • the garage
  • sports bags
  • etc.

Once you have gathered it all together, it’s time to decide “do I love it” – “do I use it” – “do I need it”.
If none of these apply, it’s time to let the ones you don’t use, don’t love, or don’t need go elsewhere. And elsewhere doesn’t necessarily mean in the garbage.
Take a look to see if the bottle has an expiration date. If the sunscreen is expired, then throw it out. If there is no expiration date you are going to want to perform the “consistency test”. ** If the sunscreen consistency is good, and it’s not expired, consider giving it to someone else that might benefit. Or, put it in the boat, or the car or a swim bag for “just in case.” 
But be sure to deal with it now. Otherwise, you will be going through it a second time. 
And then it will be time to organize your sunscreen all over again…

You are going to go through the same process with the sunscreen you have decided to keep. Check for an expiration date. If it’s expired, it’s got to go. If there isn’t an expiration date, it’s time to do the consistency test. **

** Regardless of the date, always test the consistency of your sunscreen before you use it. “Check for changes in texture, like clumping or pilling, or changes in smell,” Gilbert says. “If your sunscreen starts to have a funny smell, it likely indicates that it has been contaminated with bacteria.” This goes for both mineral and chemical sunscreens.

Some of you that live where it’s perpetually sunny may be thinking…why is she writing about expired sunscreen? We use so much it where we live that it never expires.

Well…it’s because I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have seasons. I know sunscreen should be used on a daily basis, rain or shine, but, we don’t use it as much because usually, we are only applying it to our face, as the rest of our body is covered with clothing!

And since we are talking about prevention, by emptying bags and vehicles at the end of the summer, you will be preventing yourselves from searching for the sunscreen next Memorial Day.


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