While that jar of mayonnaise comes with an instruction to store in the fridge once opened, your beauty products don’t. The lack of knowledge on how to store your beauty products can reduce their shelf life and also make them unfit for use, after all, it’s your skin at risk.

Now, we all know when it comes to beauty products — sharing is not caring! But is that the only rule you need to follow? Definitely not. Therefore, we are here to give you a few tips to store and keep your beauty products clean.

 

The bathroom vanity is a no-no

The bathroom vanity is a no-no

Storing your beauty products closer to the shower area may seem accessible but it’s not a good idea. The steam from your shower can cause certain cosmetic products to generate mould. Even your makeup applicators such as brushes and sponges should be stored elsewhere to prevent bacteria from breeding on them.

 

Keep them away from direct sunlight

Keep them away from direct sunlight

Sunlight not only damages your skin, but the heat can also cause your beauty products to age faster. The active ingredients used in skincare products often break down due to the heat from the sun and become ineffective. Nail polishes that are exposed to sunlight often change their colour, therefore, it is best to store products in a cool, dark place.

 

Free some space in the fridge

Free some space in the fridge

Just like heat can reduce the shelf life of products, cool temperatures can extend it, but that does not mean you can use them beyond their expiry date. Nor does it mean you turn your fridge into a vanity kit. Store skincare products that contain retinol or vitamin C, under-eye creams, sheet masks and nail polish bottles in the fridge

 

Replace applicators frequently

Replace applicators frequently

When was the last time you replaced your makeup application sponge? If you can’t remember, then its high time you replace it. No matter how frequently you use your beauty sponges, it’s best to replace them every three to four months.

 

Close the lid tightly

Close the lid tightly

How many of us actually focus on closing the lid tightly after use? Germs and bacteria can enter through the tiniest of gaps; therefore to ensure your beauty products stay clean and your skin healthy, it is important to close the products properly post use.