Answering all your questions about the right temperature for every skincare product you own.
To many of us, accessibility is key, as a result, many of us don’t ask ourselves the question: “Am I storing this correctly?”. Given the amount we spend on our skin, and the extensive routine we have, it is clear why we wouldn’t bother storing our products anywhere other than our bathrooms or dresser. As anyone would, we store our products where it’s most convenient, some of it may be placed on your dresser, some might be closer to your washstand, or in another dedicated shelve in the washroom. But did you know that storing them in the washroom might not be the best thing you’re doing? According to experts, skincare products must not be stored in the washrooms because moisture levels in the washroom are usually high. Due to the steam from hot showers, residual water in the washroom might tamper with the quality of ingredients kept on the shelf which will render ineffective after a point. The quality of the ingredients in your products gets compromised and eventually breaks down quickly which leads to skin irritation and even acne.
So now, when the question arises, it may seem like a big deal because how to store skincare products keeping the above factors in mind?
You must have heard or seen people investing in a mini skincare or makeup fridge, a new concept that allows you to store your products in apt temperatures. Having said that, you don’t really have to store everything in it. When it comes to skincare products, storing them in cool temperatures is essential but not in a fridge necessarily! The aim must always be to keep it away from direct sunlight and there’s enough logic behind it. The heat from the sunlight tends to break down the actives present in your product thus making it less effective on your skin. Cooler doesn’t always mean effective and better for the skin. Some products like face oils and serums are better if stored in normal temperatures, like on a shelf, or in a drawer. This helps the formula to stay intact and effective. While storing the same in your fridge, the formula i.e. the oil and water ingredients usually tends to separate which may not be ideal.
Other than these, your clay masks must also be stored in cool temperatures for the consistency to stay creamy. The cool temperature of the fridge might make your dry and ineffective.
Skin essentials like toners, water-based moisturisers, sheet masks and the like are products that you can store in the fridge. The cooling and soothing effect will help in de-puffing your face, relaxing inflammations and irritation that otherwise dominate your skin. Vitamin C, retinoids or products that are made with 100% natural or organic ingredients must also be stored in the fridge for a long lasting effect. It will not increase the life of the product but will definitely give you the impact you’re looking for. If you’ve noticed, such products are always stored in dark bottles as they are extremely sensitive to light and heat. If stored otherwise, the the formula and ingredients tend to break down and oxidise faster.
Some other products, mainly your makeup like lipsticks, nail colours so on and so forth must be stored in sealed bags or zip locks. The reason behind this is to lock the moisture content of these products. In general, fridge contains food. Food smell and more tend to interfere with the products moisture content thus hampering its quality. It is also not convenient to monitor the temperature of your fridge at all times unlike your makeup fridge that is small and dedicated to your products.
To summarise our point, any products that have active and live ingredients, are 100% natural or packed with organic goodness, must be stored in cooler temperatures and dark locations for maximum effect. The others can be placed in room temperature but not in direct sunlight or next to windows that emit sunlight.