This isn’t another how-to-keep-your-beauty-kit-tidy post, neither is it a set of rules for organizing your beauty products. Zero photos featuring drawers filled with neatly arranged cosmetics. Why? It’s high time you put your mind to storing beauty products according to instructions: at the proper temperature, far from heat, sunlight, etc. If you don’t care about extending the shelf life of your beauty products, skip this guide and move on to other posts with product reviews, for example.
Let’s start with a basic question that is haunting all women.
WHERE TO STORE COSMETICS?
I wish I could tell you that a single drawer or dressing table is enough. Too bad the truth is that cosmetics require different conditions to be stored in. Some can be put on your vanity table whereas others must be hidden in a drawer. Some products can be kept in a bathroom but others cannot. Believe it or not, you’ll need to put some beauty products into the refrigerator.
How do you know where to store cosmetics? What works for the refrigerator and what can be put near the bathtub? Run through my concise guide!
RULES FOR STORING BEAUTY PRODUCTS
1. Cosmetics that must be kept in a refrigerator
I begin with this group since I’m aware that very few of you know that there are beauty products that have to be stored in a refrigerator together with the eggs and cheese.
- all temperature-sensitive products e.g. natural unrefined oils featuring a high content of polyunsaturated acids (linseed oil, wheat oil, evening primrose oil)
- some skin and hair care products, especially moisturizers, serums and conditioners made of natural ingredients and free from preservatives since they quickly lose their properties and go off due to high temperatures
- semi-finished products for DIY cosmetics, that is natural substances (material) used for creating home treatments and enriching readymade products
- all eye creams (not only ones made of natural ingredients) because chilly formulas have a better cooling effect on puffiness and bring relief
2. Cosmetics that can be stored in a bathroom
You might be thinking that a bathroom is a perfect place for your beauty items. It isn’t… High temperature and dampness benefit the development of bacteria that might affect the shelf life of cosmetics.
What can you keep in the bathroom then? Mostly products that can be used long after opening – this is usually defined by a jar image on the container (PAO sign). The longer the shelf life, the smaller the probability that bathroom conditions do harm because the cosmetic is simply full of preservatives.
Also all products that are packaged in tightly-closed containers, which are separated from dampness and air, work for bathroom storage.
3. Cosmetics to be kept outside the bathroom
The rest of beauty products can and should be stored outside the bathroom. Which products exactly can you keep e.g. in your bedroom?
At a room temperature, on a vanity table. It’s an ideal spot for make-up products and perfume. Just remember not to put them too close to radiator or exposed to the sunlight. There are two major factors that have a negative effect on the longevity of beauty products:
- overexposure to the sunlight.
- temperature above 20 Celsius degrees.
Only products in dark containers can stand on the dressing table or shelf. If they don’t transmit the light, they are protected and are good to use longer. Unfortunately, you need to hide the rest inside drawers or boxes (even though they often have gorgeous design).
This is the end of my know-how lecture 🙂
Let me know how you store your beauty products!