How to Clean and Store Beauty Products at Home

To clean and store beauty products, it's essential to have supplies such as alcohol or soap at hand. Keep reading to learn how to use them!
How to Clean and Store Beauty Products at Home

Last update: 08 May, 2021

Cleaning and storing beauty products at home properly is an extremely important task.

After all, we know that bacteria are microscopic and that we usually only clean the dirt that’s in plain sight. This can fill you with false confidence and lead to dangerous mistakes.

That’s not to mention that these products and the tools used in their application go to points on the skin close to the mucous membranes. For example, mascara, eye shadow, or eyeliner, which pass very close to the tear troughs, can cause eye problems if not clean.

Using these products and the brushes or applicators with caution, as well as keeping them personalized, clean, and disinfected, is an essential requirement to avoid conditions. These risks aren’t usually directly linked to beauty practices, although the danger is just around the corner.

Let’s take a closer look.

Storing beauty products at home

Cosmetics are delicate and are intended for areas of the body that are windows to the inside of the body. For this reason, cleaning and storing beauty products correctly is of great importance.

All products have a visible expiration date. If you notice anything unpleasant or unusual in texture, odor, or color, don’t use them. Don’t forget that some contain water or vegetable essences and oils, natural elements that can be damaged by heat or humidity.

Every time you open a jar or uncap a cream, air gets in. Cover the containers tightly once you have transferred the product to the applicator or stop using it. Once opened, the expiration time begins to run.

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Store in the refrigerator

It doesn’t seem practical, but it’s ideal to put eye creams that protect the eye contour in the fridge. These are the ones that attack puffiness, a product of dehydration. In this case, the cold increases the benefits of its purpose, contracting the blood vessels and reducing puffiness.

The refrigerator also increases the effectiveness time of some products containing retinol, a vitamin A derivative. Similarly, this temperature is good for liquid foundation, nail polish, and fruit masks.

So now you know that the refrigerator will be your ally to extend the life of these products. This also includes products with vitamin C in their ingredients.

A fridge
Have you considered storing cosmetics in the refrigerator? Many products benefit from the cold of the refrigerator.

Keep in a cool place, out of direct sunlight

Eyeliners and mascaras should be kept in a cool place. This is to avoid the action of heat on the pigments and the proliferation of bacteria since they’ll be used in an extremely sensitive area.

Lipsticks, in particular, don’t take well to heat, as they tend to melt. Likewise, keep organic beauty products that lack preservatives in these conditions. They should be used within a relatively short period of time.

Moisturizing creams with sun protection, even if they have an opaque container designed to prevent the direct arrival of ultraviolet rays, should be used with the precaution that the cream goes from the jar to the face.

Perfumes shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, otherwise, their constitution will be modified. Heat and humidity also act on fragrances by altering their essential ingredients.

Store in a dry place

Powders should be kept in a cool place because humidity affects them. If you want to preserve them, ideally you should take them out of the bathroom and keep them away from any heat source.

The same goes for sponges and brushes, frequently used tools that need to be kept clean and dry. And we recommend that, once you use them, dry them in the sun or help yourself with a hairdryer. Remember that bacteria thrive in humidity.

Tips for disinfecting beauty products at home

The first rule is that beauty products are personal. They’re too close to you and to share them is to open the possibility of transmitting or receiving diseases. Another tip is to disinfect them, if not after every use, at least once a week.

On the other hand, the faithful friend for disinfecting beauty products is 70% isopropyl alcohol and a spray bottle. Focus on brushes, sponges, brushes, brushes, and combs.

Spraying alcohol

You can disinfect lipsticks by spraying alcohol and, if you need deeper cleaning because you’ve lent it to someone else, use a spatula to remove a layer.

You can also spray the bottlenecks of foundations or edges of creams. If you don’t trust the cleanliness of a powder, remove the top layer and spray alcohol on it, then let it air dry for a few minutes.

In general, you can spray alcohol on all your products, at a distance of 15 centimeters, and let them dry for a few minutes. By the way, you can clean eyeliner pencils by just sharpening them. But first, clean the pencil sharpener with alcohol.

With soap and water

Soap and water are usually sufficient for the hygiene of brushes and brushes with natural bristles. Put the soapy substance in the palm of your hand and pass the brush in a circular motion. Rinse with water and repeat the operation until the water comes out completely clean.

To prevent water damage to the stick, place the brush or paintbrush on absorbent toilet paper until dry. You can also clean sponges with soap and water, but allow them to dry thoroughly before reusing.

Makeup items should be disinfected because they’re in contact with areas close to mucous membranes.

Clean and store beauty products correctly at home to protect your health

Accompany all these precautions on how to clean and store beauty products with the following extremely important tip. Never dip your fingers into the container or handle the product directly, no matter how clean you think your hands are.

Always use applicators, cotton pads, brushes, sponges. These are tools that you can subject to disinfection procedures. If you don’t have them yet or if the ones you’re using are too old, you’ll need to get a new kit.

Don’t put on your makeup and then put the items back in the case to reuse over and over again without proper hygiene. If you do this, your face can become acne-prone.

Lastly, don’t forget to keep the case or box where you store your products clean and disinfected. No matter how neat they look there, if the container is dirty you’ll have wasted your time and care.

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