Beauty blogger reveals how to tell whether a cosmetic product is already expired

A word of caution: Always check the manufacture date of a cosmetic product before buying it.

Unfortunately, as beauty blogger Canon Ryder pointed out in a recent TikTok video, many third-party discount retailers sell beauty items that are extremely, extremely expired.

However, there is a way to double-check that what you’re buying is new. In his video, Ryder explains that all you need is a product’s batch number and you can determine exactly when it was manufactured.

Using the website, Ryder looks up the manufacture date of an Olay moisturizer being sold at TJ Maxx. Once he enters the brand and batch code — which can be found on the bottom of the product — he learns that the product being sold at TJ Maxx was actually allegedly manufactured in January 2011. Just a reminder: It’s 2020.

“Don’t get scammed,” Ryder warns.

Many users were naturally disturbed by this new information.

“That should be illegal,” one person said.

“I’m not even into cosmetics like that but this is so interesting,” another added.

“I just sent this to like 10 people omg,” a third commented.

According to TJ Maxx’s website, the company acquires products through several channels, including department store cancellations, manufacturer overproduction, and overstock at the end of each season. It’s unclear why the store would be selling beauty products that are almost a decade old.

Of course, not every beauty product at third-party retailers is going to be expired. However, unless you want to spend hours looking up manufacturer dates, you’re better off shopping sales from major retailers.

Thankfully, there is a way to score 30 percent off of your favorite Olay products all year round — and you’ll never have to worry about your products being expired when you order straight from the site. Win/win!

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