The efficacy of beauty products depends on a lot of factors: the ingredients, how you use the items and how often, and their compatibility with your skin type.
But we often neglect that our beauty items work best when we store them properly. They must be stored in the right place so one can reap their maximum benefits.
Most beauty products shouldn’t be exposed to the sun. Some are sensitive to the elements, so one must use them up quickly once they’re unsealed.
Some need to be placed in the refrigerator. One must clear a small shelf next to the eggs and butter in the fridge for beauty items.
Some even have a mini-fridge in their vanity… but let’s talk about that another time.
Storing beauty products properly extends their shelf life. I advice you to take a good, hard look at the products you use regularly and see which ones would benefit from being chilled.
Here are a few things to put in the refrigerator.
At night, the added cooling effect of a chilled moisturizer will make your skin happy. You can feel the hydration instantly. If you suffer from skin redness, this is also the trick to soothe the irritation.
#2 Eye cream
If you have puffy eyes in the morning, a cold eye cream will provide relief. The cold temperature will constrict the blood vessels around your eyes.
Keep your perfume and cologne from direct heat or sunlight. Natural humidity, the use of heat-styling tools for the hair, and hot showers change the temperature of the room which your perfume might be sensitive to. Put your perfume and cooling mists in the refrigerator and you’ll find new meaning in the word fresh.
Liquid products tend to have a short shelf life, but not if you put them in the fridge. Aside from stretching the life span of your mascara, the effect of fridge storage can also help it stay on your lashes longer.
#5 Items with Vitamin C
The purer the vitamin C is in your skincare or makeup item, the more sensitive it is. Once the vitamin C breaks down, you miss out on its radiance-giving effects. But when placed in a controlled temperature, your serums, creams and masks with Vitamin C will last longer. You also manage to keep the purity of the vitamin C.
#6 Masks and toners
If you need a special touch to your at-home pampering session, chill your serums and masks at least 15 minutes before you use them. Chilled products will instantly calm down any irritations. This is best done after a long, hot day.
#7 Nail polish
A runny polish or one whose formula is separating means it’s heat-damaged. You can make your nail polishes survive a brutal heat wave by sticking them in the fridge. But wait for them to completely return to room temperature before painting your nails.