Aloe vera gel is one of the most magical skincare products many of us have in our medicine cabinets. You can either purchase it from your local beauty store or even make gel from scratch with the plant. It offers a ton of health benefits for the skin, from moisturizing to clearing out breakouts.
But did you know that aloe vera gel, just like most skincare products, has an expiration date? If you made a batch of it yourself and have no idea when it expires, read on. I’ll show you how to tell if aloe vera gel is spoiled to ensure you aren’t using spoiled products.
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How to Tell If Aloe Vera Gel Is Expired
There are different ways you can tell your aloe vera gel is expired, based on:
1. Average Expiration Date
There are two main types of aloe vera gels you can avail of.
- Raw aloe vera gel is what you extract on your own from the plant itself.
- Processed aloe vera gel is what you usually purchase in beauty stores.
In various instances, we know that raw products are likelier to expire quicker compared to processed ones, like milk. With aloe vera, it’s no different and its expiration date depends on the product and the ingredients mixed with it.
In general, raw aloe vera can last between one day to two weeks, as long as you store it correctly and followed the proper steps in getting the aloe vera gel from its plant without getting alone.
As for processed aloe vera gel, it usually has a two-year expiration date, but can last for up to five years, depending on its storage and preservatives in the gel. You can check the bottle for an exact “use before” date for more accuracy.
2. Has Weird Smells
This is probably one of the most common ways to know if your aloe vera gel (or any other product) has expired. For raw and natural aloe vera gel, there is a very strong smell different compared to when you first “harvested” it. You’ll notice a slightly sour scent to it, which means it’s time to dispose of it properly.
As for processed aloe vera gel, there isn’t a pungent smell to know if it’s expired. This is because its preservatives and other contents would have it smell different compared to its raw form. That’s why it may be difficult to distinguish if it’s still okay to use or not.
For both types of gels, you’ll notice its change in its consistency, as it loses its moisturizing and hydrating texture. It may be too watery or not absorb to your skin as efficiently as it did before.
How You Store Your Aloe Vera Gel
Again there are two types of aloe vera gels, each having their different expiration dates because of its contents.
With raw aloe vera, it has a shorter lifespan depending on how you store it. These are the expected expiration dates:
- One day when in room temperature
- One week when in a fridge
- One to two weeks when placed in the freezer
You need to make sure that you store it in a cool and dry place in the fridge. The cooler temperature can further extend the duration.
There are also ingredients you can mix with your raw aloe vera gel to extend its use. You can add vitamin E oil, honey, or vitamin C, which can also give your skin a brighter glow.
What about processed aloe vera gel? This can last much longer, again depending on how you store it.
- If you store your bottle at room temperature (such as your bathroom), it can last for about two years.
- Store it in the fridge or freezer, it can last for five years or so.
- You can look at the expiration date on the bottle if applicable.
For both types of aloe vera gels, do NOT leave it exposed under heat sources or direct sunlight. Close its lid and tighten it to prevent it from expiring quickly and drying out, which stops its moisturizing effects.
Do NOT use expired aloe vera gel, as it may cause infections if you put it on open wounds or burns. It may also cause dry skin as it lost the moisturizing effects.
Besides my information, you can also get an insight of aloe vera gel and its expiration in this helpful video:
Wrapping It Up
Aloe vera is known the be the plant of immortality with its excellent skin benefits. However, they have an expiration date, though fortunately, not as short compared to other products. As long as you store it well and use it on time, you can enjoy better skin.
Hopefully, this article on how to tell if aloe vera gel helped you out! Take an inventory check on your skincare products now.