Your bathroom is where most of your self-care takes place…your showers, your hair and also your skin routine. The problem is, the bathroom is likely the most humid area in your home and that can spell trouble for products you may have lying around your counters.
So what happens when the humidity gets to your skin care products and how can you do your best to prevent it? We’re going to share with you exactly what happens to your products when they’re exposed to the heat and how to prevent them from being ruined.
How do products hold up against heat/humidity?
The short answer is not well. While most products are tested in extreme heat and cold (mostly to make sure they can withstand delivery and arrive at your door in any weather conditions) they are not made to last going from hot and humid back to room temperate over and over again.
When you think about the conditions your skincare can live in, think about how you store food. Some items in your fridge would go bad faster if it alternated days on the counter and days in the fridge in different temperatures and the same goes for your products.
What happens to them?
Repeated exposure to the humidity in your bathroom can cause the breakdown of the active ingredients inside the products leaving them less effective and more likely to go bad before the expiration date.
Humidity causes more moisture to get into your products, even if the lid is on tight. If moisture is present then ingredients begin to dissolve, and they’ll decrease the quality and shelf life of the product and sometimes, you won’t even be able to notice just by looking.
Some signs your products have spoiled from heat are a change in color, consistency or smell.
How can you avoid it
The most simple way to make sure your products are safe from heat and humidity and do not spoil is by taking a moment to make sure they’re stored in a safe place. Some products like an eye serum can be stored in the fridge which adds a cooling effect when applying that will help even more with reducing bags and puffiness.
For skin creams and cleansers, make sure you’re keeping them in your vanity with a closed door if you’re keeping them in your bathroom. We also suggest storing them bedside making it easy to apply right before bed and first thing when you wake up after cleansing.
What tricks to do you use to keep your products fresh? Share it with us in the comments below!