Friday, September 22, 2023

Do Sugar Scrubs Expire?

That you are asking the question do sugar scrubs expire? shows that you already know about face scrubs and sugar scrubs but for the benefit of doubt, we’ll do a brief intro on it.

A face scrub is a product made for skin care, that mechanically exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the skin’s surface. Sugar scrubs are a type of face scrub. They’re typically formulated with sugar granules, which are used to physically exfoliate dead skin cells. Sugar scrub exfoliation can help create the appearance of smoother, glowing skin.

You have to be aware that you wouldn’t use a sugar scrub every day; instead, think of it as a treat for your skin that you’d use a few times a week and I believe this idea alone is enough reason to ask the question, and may be wondering whether the scrub you made or bought some months ago is still fit for use, well lets find out if sugar scrubs expire or not.

Do Sugar Scrubs Expire?

I know you have neglected to follow through on your skincare routine that you promised yourself at the beginning of the year. The year is now coming to an end, you’ve cleared out your bathroom cabinet and found your sugar scrub that you hardly even used, now you’re asking, what do i do with this now , do sugar scrub expire, can i use expired sugar scrubs?

Well the short answer is Yes, sugar scrubs can expire and there is good news too. The good news is that expired sugar scrubs can still be used, but we will go into that detail later, lets find out what causes a body scrub or sugar scrub to expire:

A body or sugar scrub can go bad for a variety of reasons, and those without preservatives like the homemade ones have a shorter shelf life. However, there are two main reasons or culprits that cause sugar scrub or body scrub to expire or go bad early, they include;


When moisture or lets say water manages to find its way into your sugar scrub, it will cause the consistency of the scrub to be different from what you bought or made, and this renders the scrub useless.

To decrease the chance of moisture entering inside, keep your body scrub container away from direct water flow, to avoid water getting into the container,  scoop some out ahead and place it in a separate dish to take with you to the sink or shower. Humidity can also introduce moisture into your container. Consider keeping your body scrub outside of your bathroom when not in use to extend its shelf life.


When the body scrub is exposed to this moisture, humidity, or heat that we talked about, germs can proliferate and the scrub’s consistency can alter. washing your hands when you want to scoop out your body scrub beforehand reduces the danger of bacteria entering the scrub from your hands. Bacteria breeds mold, so if you see any symptoms of mold growth, toss your body scrub.

How Long Do Sugar Scrubs Stay Good For?

Do Sugar Scrubs Expire

Sugar scrubs are a kind of body or face scrub made primarily of sugar, paired with a moisturising agent and an oil for fragrance. some sugar scrubs are made with natural ingredients, and because of this, you might not be able to use them for  long periods, as they were made without preservatives, so they have a shorter shelf life than the chemically made sugar scrubs.

How long do sugar scrubs stay good for? if you are getting a chemically or naturally made sugar scrub from a store, the manufacturers must have gone through the pain of fixing the best before date on the cups or bottom of the packs.

Store bought organic or naturally made sugar scrubs will last between 1 to 6 months, home made versions which do not have any atom of preservatives will last for about 1 to 2 months, if they are kept in an airtight container, and scrubs that were made with chemicals or preservatives will last for about 6-12 months.

Can I Use Expired Body Scrubs

No, it is not advisable to use expired body scrubs, neither will i ask you to use any expired stuff on your skin. let me ask you this, will you eat expired cheese or sausage, i didn’t think, but  I very much understand why you might be asking this, after all its yours and you spent a good amount of money on it

Although some scrubs even after their expiry date still smell good, feel good and looks perfect, it probably is still a bit fresh, because an expired or bad scrub can’t hide itself, you’ll definitely know when it is expired. In a case where your body or face scrub has expired, but still smells and feels good, and doesn’t look spoilt, you have a choice of indulging or just throwing it away, its your choice either ways.

Beware that an expired body scrub which is not yet spoilt may be usable, but it may be less effective than it was before it passed its expiry date.

Can i Use Expired Sugar Scrub?

As every other skincare product, most especially sugar scrubs which is sometimes made at home, it is made or designed to be used for a short period, and the lifespan will depend on what was used in making it. However, if you found out that your store bought scrub has expired, put a hold on throwing it out, and check out the color, smell and consistency of the sugar scrub.

So can i use expired sugar scrub?, I guess you can still use it but be reminded that like every other expired skin care product, it may have lost its effectiveness. When you use expired sugar scrub, just exfoliate and move on, do not expect to look like a celebrity straight out of the movies.

Do Tree Hut Sugar Scrub Expire

The tea hut sugar scrub was made with a number of oils, fragrance, and extracts. This makes it last for a little while longer than the regular homemade scrub that we make ourselves. When purchasing the tree hut sugar scrub, I’m sure there will be some information on the container that tells its best before date, but generally, the tree hut sugar scrub can last for as long as 12 months once opened before it expires.

Like we have learnt, if after your scrub expires, it still looks and smells okay, it is still fit to use, and if you are unsure about whether to still use them or not, you can just throw them out.

Can Sugar Scrubs Get Moldy

Yes, sugar scrubs can get moldy, as long as water manages to find its way in. Water aids the growth of bacteria, and bacteria leads to mold, and if you begin to notice any signs of mold growing on your sugar scrub, do not hesitate to throw it away.

Mold can develop at any time. Mold may develop on anything that has fresh components. So, even if your scrub is still within its shelf life, mold might cause it to expire sooner.

If you have moisture in your sugar scrub, the consistency will alter and it will become worthless. To avoid this, Store your scrub in a glass jar with an airtight cover to keep moisture out and because essential oils may strip plastic, use a glass container.

What Happens If You Use Expired Body Scrubs

If you consciously or unknowingly use a body scrub some weeks or months after its expiry date, I don’t think anything would happen to you, as long as it seemed fresh and not spoilt. But if you intentionally use an expired body scrub that already looks, smells, and feels bad, it can lead to some extra dermatological issues for you.

Once a body scrub expires, it may lose the quality that you bought it for, things like the consistency may likely change, and using it on your skin could cause dermatological problems like skin irritation, acne breakout, and rash to your skin.

Expired body scrubs are not the only causes of such skin problems, most beauty products that are expired would likely cause same if you used them after their expiration date. Expired sunscreen, for example, will not protect you as well from the sun. With the possibility of skin issues and the product not working, you should cut your losses and discard outdated items.

Should I Refrigerate Sugar Scrubs?

Sugar scrubs do not necessarily need to be refrigerated as sugar itself can act as a preservative, but there’s no bad side effect to refrigerating your homemade sugar scrub. If you store up your homemade sugar scrub in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator, it may last for longer, lets say an extra 6 months.

Final thoughts

We want to believe that the information we have given on the shelf life of sugar scrubs was helpful. Body or sugar scrubs can endure anytime from a few weeks to a one or two years, depending on the components of the scrub. To get the most out of them, be careful how you store and utilize them. However, if the product appears to be altered from its original state, discard it and get a new one.

Daniel Ejiogu
Daniel Ejiogu
Lover of Nature.

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