Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer, Sunshine and Your Make Up

Now I'm not sure if you can truly call this weather "summer", but the calendar does say the days are long and the nights are short. Don't think that just because it's not 35 degrees out your beauty products are safe from being ruined from the heat.

Keep beauty products away from direct sunlight. There's someone in another suite in my apartment complex that likes to keep all their beauty things on the window ledge. Yeah it looks nice, but it's not good for your hair, face, and body products.

Avoid leaving them in the car. I don't know how many things my friends have lost to the heat that gathers in the glove box or ash trays of their cars.

Here's a couple tips on how to make your makeup and beauty products last their full lifetime, by avoiding certain climates.

1. Check the label. Does it say to keep you product between a certain temp?

Many hair sprays, and pretty much everything in a pressurized bottle will caution against high temps. This doesn't just apply to direct heat. Keeping these products in a poorly ventilated bathroom, next to the heater, or in direct sunlight can cause the product to change, or the canister to explode.

2. Could it melt?
Creams like stick foundations or lipsticks melt at a very low temperature. Be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. If you fear the room you keep them in gets too hot, put them in the fridge! They will solidify again, but they won't be as pretty as before.

3. The chemicals may react with direct sunlight, and not be as productive as before.
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Some chemicals, like Hydrogen Peroxide, decompose quickly in high heats. Depending on the chemical, there can be gas buildups, or separation that can react with your skin and/or the air. Be very careful, and if you think the product won't do well in the heat, store it in the fridge.

4. Natural ingredients spoil.
Yeah I know you hippies, you like your natural, organic, plant based products. Beware though, these products spoil quickly when left in un-ideal conditions. My personal rule, anything from Lush, goes in the fridge.

I hope this helps a little bit, and keeps your products lasting as long as they possibly can. Enjoy the summer!!

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