Why You Should NEVER Store Your Skincare Products in the Bathroom: The Dirty Truth About How Your Cosmetics Can Get Covered in Poo When You Store Them Near the Toilet
- Scientist Dr. Michele Squire said you shouldn’t keep products in the bathroom
- She explained that the bathroom provides heat, light, steam and water
- Flushing the toilet with the lid up can cause feces to get into your products
- She revealed that unopened products last an average of three years
A scientist has revealed why you should never keep your skincare or makeup products in the bathroom, and how this can get stool on your face.
Founder of Qr8 Dr. Michele Squire, from Brisbane, explained that everything in a bathroom, from heat and light to steam and water, can negatively impact the formulas of our skin care and makeup.
But the worst culprit is the toilet, as if flushing it with the seat up, this can lead to bacteria particles getting into your moisturizer or lipstick.
A PhD scientist and former nurse has revealed why you should never keep your skin care or makeup products in the bathroom (photo Dr. Michele Squire)
Founder of Qr8 Dr. Michele Squire explained that everything in a bathroom, from heat and light to steam and water, can have a negative impact on our skincare and makeup formulas (photo)
“ Of course there is a huge convenience factor to keeping our products in the bathroom so that when we jump out of the shower in the evening or in the morning, we can start our skincare routine right away, ” Dr. Squire told the Adore Beauty podcast.
‘But the problem with the bathroom and especially the bathroom shelf is that it is very visible.
‘Heat, humidity, visible light such as sunlight and artificial light can all end up in our skin care.’
The scientist said that any product you own “has a lot of molecules that move around and collide with each other all the time and undergo reactions all the time.”
When you add light, heat and oxygen to the mixture, it speeds up these reactions and the overall breakdown process, resulting in products with altered texture, fragrance, color and activity on the skin.
If you want to prevent feces from getting into your beauty products from the moment you flush the toilet, you can try something like a beauty refrigerator (photo)
Dr. Squire said one of the worst problems with keeping your products in the bathroom is the issue of the toilet.
“If you flush the toilet and leave the lid open, you make a big plume of bacteria and microbes in the air,” she said.
“ If you’re in a hurry and you have all your cosmetics open and you happen to be the type of person who flushes without opening the lid, you run the risk of getting fecal microbes in your cosmetics and on your face. ”
She advises closing everything as soon as you use it and never leaving the lids on your products for too long.
Dr. Squire said you don’t have to spend a lot to get science-driven good skin care, especially with something like a cleanser that doesn’t sit on your face for long. She loves the skincare brand CeraVe (pictured) and their moisturizing cleanser
When it comes to where to keep your beauty products, the ideal location is a cool and dark place, ideally between 15-25 degrees Celsius.
“If you have the idea of keeping your skincare products in the bathroom, I would recommend something like a beauty refrigerator so you can keep your products cool,” said Dr. Squire.
She added that this is especially helpful if you live somewhere extremely cool or warm.
You can also try keeping your products out of the bathroom and transporting them back and forth when you apply them if you like the lighting.
A general rule of thumb is that an unopened skincare product will last for three years, but once opened, check the packaging as it often tells you exactly how long it will take you to throw something away.
“A good way to tell if something is wrong is to look for changes,” added Dr. Squire.
“A change in color, texture, scent or separation can mean that the expiration date has passed.”
How long do regular makeup products last?
* Cream-Based Foundation: 12-18 months
* Powder: 18 months to two years
* Concealer: 12-18 months
* Lip Gloss: Six months
* Lipstick: A year
* Lip and eyeliners: Two years
* Mascara: Three months
* Liquid eyeliner: Three months
Source: Carly Porter for Lux Allure