If you were under the impression that storing your cosmetics effectively was a simple as ensuring they weren’t spilling out of your make-up bag, you might be in for a surprise. Where you keep your favourite products can have an important impact on their effectiveness, the experts at Hairtrade.com told us.
“The temperature of the environment can have varied effects on beauty products, so it’s important to be aware of where to store them,” advises Joanne Dodds, a company spokesperson. “Humidity is one element that can cause items in your make-up bag to expire quicker, so storing your beauty items in your bathroom, for example, might be doing more harm to your products than you realise.”
Instead, you should store your products in one of these three places:
Eye cream or gel – If you use eye cream or gel to help with puffy eyes, try storing the product in the fridge. Cold temperatures tighten blood vessels, which will reduce the swelling.
Aloe vera – If you’re using aloe vera for sunburn, placing it in the fridge before use will cool the skin down on application, lessening the burning/itching feeling that sunburn gives you.
Nail polish – Sunlight and heat can cause nail varnishes to become thick and gloopy and can also alter the colour. Keeping your polish in the fridge can help the paint stay thin and even for application, and can preserve the colour for longer.
Sun cream – Despite suggestions that you should store sun cream in the fridge, it’s better to store it in a cool, dry place. Take it off the bathroom counter and away from heated rooms, as this can make the formula separate and can also cause mould.
Eyeliner and mascara – The same is true for your eye make-up. Although some advise storing your eyeliner and mascara in the fridge to preserve the shelf life, you generally shouldn’t, as bacteria in make-up can cause eye infections or irritations.
Lipstick – Lipsticks need to be stored in a cool, dry place, as too much heat exposure can cause them to break down and decompose over time.
Fragrance – It’s important to always store your fragrances in a cool, dark place with the cap tightly shut onto the bottle. Exposure to heat and humidity can alter the aroma and affect the essential oils. Again, despite suggestions, don’t store your fragrances in the fridge. Unless you live in a country that gets extreme heat, it’s simply not necessary and extreme temperatures either end of the spectrum will alter the fragrance’s smell.
Powder products – Powder make-up products, from eye shadows to bronzers, can be stored anywhere that is dry as humidity can cause powders to turn saturated and cakey – so, again, don’t store them in the bathroom for obvious reasons. Also avoid keeping them near radiators and heaters.
Blending sponges – Do not store your blending sponges (or anything else that doesn’t really have a seal) in the bathroom. The steam from your shower or bath can condense on the surface of these cosmetics, and can produce mould. After cleaning your blending sponges, leave them to air-dry outside of the bathroom.
You should also be aware of the expiry dates of your products. Look for the open jar symbol with a number beside it. This stands for the amount of months you can keep it once opened. After this time period, it’s time to throw the product away.