Ask Liz: Will old bottles of sunscreen from last year still protect you from the sun this year? -- Gazette.Net


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NBC 4 consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw has got you covered on the topic of skin protection.

Question: Will old bottles of sunscreen from last year still protect you from the sun this year?

Answer: The American Academy of Dermatology helped us with this answer. It says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that all sunscreens stay at their original strength for at least three years. That means that sunscreen you bought last year should still protect you this year. However, if you aren’t sure when you purchased your old sunscreen, it’s best to toss it and buy a new bottle. And some sunscreens have expiration dates on the bottle, so you should check for that... and of course, toss it if it’s beyond that date.

Read more consumer reports at NBCWashington.com.