Today, having an Instagram-worthy hairdresser has become a trend. Everyone likes to store their fancy jars and bottles of perfumes and serums on the bathroom counter or on their dresser, where they look pretty in the sun. But, this is not ideal and accelerates the deterioration of the products. To avoid this, here’s how you should actually store your perfumes, makeup, and skincare products.
1. Do not store perfumes in the humid heat of a bathroom or in direct sunlight.
Displaying perfumes nicely on a dressing table may look good, but it ruins them – light and heat alter the smell. That is why you should keep the perfume in the box it comes in to protect it from the sun.
Another thing that ruins scents is humidity, which makes bathrooms full of humidity and heat the worst place to put them. Instead, place them in a drawer where they can be dry and safe in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight and heat.
2. Active ingredients like vitamin C deteriorate RAPIDLY if kept away.
Steam from bathrooms, sunlight from windows, heat from rising temperatures or even freezing temperatures inside a freezer can alter the chemical makeup of products containing active ingredients like vitamin C. or retinoids. If these products change even a little bit, they may become ineffective. There is therefore a risk in storing them outdoors or in light-colored containers in places where there is a lot of sun or heat. Put them in a drawer in a cool room where you often run the air conditioning.
3. Don’t store your bullet lipsticks upside down
We know that shade names are easier to read if you keep lipsticks, like MAC’s which all look alike, inside out. But, in the heat, the ball melts, breaks and gets stuck on the lid of the product. So store them upright.
4. Unless you want powdered products like eyeshadows and blushes to go moldy, keep them in a dry place.
A lot of people keep some of their makeup on in the bathroom, and that’s not a good idea. Although it takes time for powdered products to mold, humidity can speed up the process if stored in a bathroom. So, keep them in a dry place if you want to make them last longer.
5. Do not store liquid makeup in direct sunlight or in hot places.
Products like lip gloss, high lipid liquids, liquid blush, and virtually any more emollient makeup should be stored out of the sun. Direct sunlight can alter the composition of a product and separate ingredients. So keep these items in a drawer.
6. Beauty mixers and brushes should be kept in ventilated areas, not in bags or bathrooms.
If you prep in your bathroom and store your brushes there, or toss your used, wet beauty sponges in a bag, they will be full of bacteria and mold. They must be washed and ventilated. So, unlike skin care and makeup, these should be kept in the open air where there is plenty of sun and air to keep them dry.
7. Apart from creams like lipstick, keep makeup like nail polish, eyeliners, lip gloss, and mascara out of the refrigerator.
Many people think that all beauty products keep best in the refrigerator, but this is not true. Nail polish can harden and dry in the cold, just like mascara or eyeliner. So, also keep them in dark and cool places like drawers.
8. Oil-rich skin care should not be stored in the refrigerator, but face mists, gels, and sheet masks should
Some things can be stored in the refrigerator, like astringent toners, face mists, face gels like aloe vera, or sheet masks. More than anything, refrigerating them helps make products more refreshing. What should not be stored in the refrigerator are facial oils, balm products, and heavy creams, as the oils in them can solidify in the cold. So make sure you know the makeup of your products before throwing them in the fridge.
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