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8 Beauty Products Experts Say You Should Never Store in Your Bathroom

Avoid bacteria, mold, and early expiration dates.

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While it might be tempting to display an elegant bottle on the bathroom vanity, the room’s humidity and inconsistent temperature could break down the chemical bonds that give your perfume its scent. Instead, store your collection somewhere away from direct sunlight. Many perfumers recommend the linen closet or the bedroom vanity (so long as it’s not directly in front of a window). Check out these tips to make the fragrances you wear last longer.

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Anything “natural” or “organic”

A product that boasts being “all-natural” is unlikely to contain the preservatives that similar products use to ward off harmful bacteria. Keep things germ-free by storing these products someplace cool and dry.

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Liquid cosmetics

“Foundations, liquids, cream products and lipsticks should be kept in a cool dark place, such as in an interior closet away from an outside wall,” makeup artist Emily Oliver told  “Any exposure to sun and warmth can dry out the products, and also separate the natural oils that are inside of it, which can lead to the spoiling of makeup.”

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Moisturizers, serums, and toners

Light and heat are likely to mess with your favorite moisturizer, tooespecially formulas meant for your face, which often contain active ingredients like retinols and vitamin C. Keep these delicate formulas in perfect limbo by storing them someplace cool and dark, such as a dresser drawer.

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Eye cream

Eye creams fall into the same camp as moisturizers and serums: You want to keep them somewhere cool and dark. These formulas also tend to be packaged in jars without pumps (which are less sanitary than packages you don’t have to constantly dip your fingers into), meaning a humid environment could turn them into incubators for bacteria. Instead, store these products in a dark drawer, or even the refrigerator. An eye cream that’s been chilled will provide extra de-puffing power. These tricks can reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.

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Powder makeup

“Extra humidity can be a death sentence to powder products, as some will become saturated and cakey,” makeup artist Emily Oliver told “Be mindful of shower and bath humidity. Best to keep powders in an exterior closet rather than a bathroom. Keep all products away from furnaces, heaters, and the like.” Here’s how to avoid the most common makeup mistakes.

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Because sunscreen plays such an important role in protecting your skin, it’s important to keep it in top condition. Prevent your SPF from deterioratingor even worse, growing moldby storing it someplace cool and dark. Once it’s past its expiration date, toss it. Don’t make these sunscreen mistakes.

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Sugar- and salt-based scrubs

While it might be seem intuitive that shower products should be stored in the shower, sugar- and salt-based scrubs are susceptible to dissolving in highly humid environments. Avoid early expiration by storing them outside of the main shower area. Or try one of these homemade facial masks.

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