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Meredith Holt, Published December 23 2013

Tuesday tip: Track how long you’ve had skin-care, beauty products

FARGO – I recently filled a box with old and expired skin-care and beauty products. Either it didn’t look right, it smelled funny, or I just knew it was old, so into the trash it went.

Now that I’ve done a clean sweep, as I purchase new products, I plan to pay better attention to what I’m using and how long I’ve been using it. Here’s how:

Some products include a hidden expiration date symbol on their packaging. Look for a little jar with a number followed by the letter M. That indicates how many months the product is effective after opening.

To keep track of how long something’s been sitting in your medicine cabinet, write the month and year you opened it on a sticker and place it on the bottom of the bottle. Periodically compare the date to the expiration date.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590