Korean Expiration Date: You're Probably Reading It Wrong!

Korean expiration dates

There's a key difference between Korean expiration dates and US expiration dates. If you're new to Korean products, it's best to familiarize yourself with the expiration dates and how to read them properly.

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Understanding Korean Expiration Dates

The world of Korean products is a tapestry of innovation, but decoding expiration dates can be tricky, especially if you're not used to buying them.

Here's what you need to look out for:

Manufacturing Date (제조)

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Commonly found on products, the manufacturing date (제조) indicates when the product was made.

Don't mistake it for an expiration date. It simply shows when the product was produced.

Until (까지)

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What you need to be looking for is the Until (까지) sign. 

In Korean expiration dates, this is the date when the product will remain effective and best to consume. It usually follows the YYYY/MM/DD format.

How Long Do Korean Products Last?

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Ever wondered how long your favorite K-beauty products last?

In general, most skin care items endure approximately 30 months on the shelf and remain effective for 10-12 months after opening. This is why it is best to understand the manufacturing date (제조) so you can determine this date on your own.

Additional Symbols to Keep an Eye On

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Some products, like Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, feature symbols denoting the number of months a product remains potent after opening.

Why Korean Expiration Dates Matter?

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While Korean expiration dates are useful guidelines, there are external factors that come into play. The product's storage conditions, hygiene practices, and many others can influence a product's longevity.

Understanding 제조, 까지, and other symbols empowers consumers to make informed decisions.

Now that you know more about Korean expiration dates, you can start shopping with ease. 

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Is it OK to use expired Korean skincare?

Dispose of any expired items you own to guarantee a collection of products that can function optimally without causing harm to your skin and health.

How many days after expiration date is OK?

It's acceptable to mention "days" but not exceeding a week for most refrigerated produce. Canned and dry goods in the pantry can last for months to years. Regarding meat, fish, and poultry in the fridge, don't exceed the specified date. But with good quality and proper freezer storage, these can last up to three months.

Can you ignore expiration dates?

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) states that numerous foods remain safe for consumption beyond their expiration dates, as long as there are no apparent signs of spoilage. They advise relying on your senses to determine whether a food item is still suitable for consumption.

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