You put a lot of time and money into your skin care and makeup. You want to make sure you store your products and your beauty tools the right way to protect your investment and your skin. But, what’s the right way?
Where you store your skin care products impacts their shelf life and potency of active ingredients. For optimal effectiveness, make sure you:
Light, heat and excess moisture can permeate the product’s containers, and once your products are exposed, important compounds start to break down, making the product less effective (possibly even fostering unhealthy microbial growth. Take special care when storing products with Vitamin C or other antioxidants, which are extremely vulnerable to deterioration from heat and light.
You can extend the shelf life of your favorite items by:
Also, store your makeup on a stable surface where they won’t accidentally fall and break.
Your beauty tools are the items in your beauty regimen that will be with you the longest, so you want to ensure you store them correctly. The best way to do this is upright in a jar filled with pebbles, coffee beans or rice so they stand up and won’t touch. Separate your face brushes, powder brushes and brushes for your eyes so you can find what you need easily. Finally, make sure you clean your brushes with gentle soap and water—or better yet, cleanser designed specifically for makeup brushes—often (about every two weeks) to ensure they last and don’t contribute to breakouts.
Clean your makeup sponges regularly and store them on a base to ensure they dry properly.