Posted on January 11, 2019

Skincare Storage: How You Store Your Products & What That Says About You

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We love our skincare and our skincare routines, but for some of us, our skincare storage is just as important as our skincare stash. How and where we store our products can say a lot about our personalities. So let’s take a minute to think about our skincare storage situation, and what that reveals about us.


 

I have a secret.

 

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to scroll through the #shelfie tag on Instagram and gawk at all of the gorgeous skincare storage. Like … nothing makes my heart flutter like seeing gorgeous, color-coordinated shelves of skincare. I feel the same way about YouTube skincare #shelfie videos: Someone talking through all of their skincare and it’s so gorgeous and pretty and there’s always some giant plant and lots of sunshine and I just … SWOON. GIVE ME MORE.

 

So I was doing my usual scroll one evening when I thought about just how we store our skincare. It really says a lot about who we are. There are the people who are all about being modern — you know, the ones who only use products that are packaged like a Scandinavian apartment. Then there are the ones who are glam to the max — color-coordinated, marble countertops, and medicine cabinets that look like French pharmacies. On the other side of the spectrum are the people who just have everything on a shelf in their rooms and bits and bobs in the fridge because that vitamin C CANNOT be left out, OK?!

 

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What about you? Are you practical? All about the ~aesthetics~? Super scientific and you refrigerate your skincare? A mix of all three? Let’s talk about it.

 

My skincare storage says a lot about me. I’m a mix of practical science-babe combined with someone who may or may not have tendencies to hoard skincare. Let’s discuss all the places I keep my skincare and why!

 

The bathroom

 

The bathroom is the most obvious place I store some of my skincare because I want it within easy reach during my day and night routines. But I don’t keep ALL of the stuff I need for my routine in the bathroom because a) I don’t have enough space on my vanity, b) my boyfriend would have no space for his things, c) I rotate things vv frequently, and d) not all skincare is meant to be kept in the bathroom, especially mine, which is damp, windowless, warm, and humid about 75% of the time. (OK, it’s not this gross … but yeah, not an ideal place to keep a lot of my skincare!)

 

 

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So what do I keep in the bathroom? Well, right now, my stash consists of three different cleansers: the SanDaWha Natural Mild Cleansing Oil, the Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser, and the Su:m37 Rose Cleansing Stick. I also keep my hydrating toners in the bathroom so I can splash them on as soon as I finish washing my face so I don’t lose any precious moisture. I’m currently rotating between the SanDaWha Liposome Skin Softener and the Pureforet Centella Multi Toner. I also keep one of my creams in there just in case I’m having a lazy day and just want to slather something on and go.

 

The fridge

 

I also have a tiny skincare stash in the fridge door. What do I keep in the fridge? Vitamin C and sheet masks. Vitamin C is not the most shelf-stable product, so you want to make sure you keep it in the fridge so it can last longer. Keeping it in the bathroom or in your bedroom can make it go bad more quickly, and I am not a fan of wasting money, so in the fridge it goes.

 

 

I also keep a few other serums and ampoules  in there, like the Koelcia Moisty Snail Ampoule. It’s a gel that just feels SO soothing on your skin, especially when it’s cold from the fridge. I like to slather it on after a long hot bath. I also keep a stash of my favorite sheet masks to use on days when my skin needs a bit of a boost — cold sheet masks are one of the greatest things to ever happen. Trust me on this.

 

The bedroom

 

The bedroom is where I keep a majority of my skincare. I actually have a wooden bookcase that I keep everything organized on, plus a small section in the closet. The skincare on my bookcase is organized by product type — so I have oil cleansers, followed by cleansers, hydrating toners, chemical exfoliants, sheet masks, essences, ampoules, oils, and lotions/creams. It’s … a lot.

 

 

 

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I try to keep it organized by brand as well, so all the COSRX lotions are together, all the sheet masks are organized by brand and type (so when I’m feeling dry, I can go straight to my hydrating masks, or when I’m having a breakout, I can find soothing ones quickly).

 

It was a huge undertaking to get it all together, but I’m pleased with the outcome! It doesn’t “look” the prettiest, but I can find things more efficiently, which is all that matters, right?

 

So what’s your skincare storage situation? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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I have all my skincare items in my bedroom and cleansing products in the bathroom! I just read that having skincare items under direct sun is not good... Is anyone else also facing this situation? 😩

My goal is to move this year and I will be dedicating more space for skincare and studying tarot. I even have the shelves and little fridge in carts waiting for the day I sign my new lease lol. Currently, I am overtaking my bathroom with buckets and baskets

lol i have loads of buckets and baskets, and that's even with a few beauty closets! But I will say it definitely has helped me get through my products by having them visible and organized in glass door cabinets.

yay! I wanna see a picture once you move!

oh for sure!

I really wish I had space for a nice vanity table! Maybe someday... Right now I'm just trying to keep things organized and accessible. I keep everything except cleansers in my bedroom, and my growing collection has been cluttering up my desk and dresser. I finally bought some storage: a tray and spinning organizer for the larger items I use frequently; drawers for small stuff; a bin with compartments to keep sheet masks organized. I'm still figuring out the best way to organize everything! And then anything I haven't opened yet, or use rarely, is stored in a closet.

A nice glass door cabinet has worked wonders for my skincare organization, and it doesn't take up that much space! It's also helped me get through my products and organize my routine efficiently!

I want a vanity SO bad. Right now, my work desk is also my vanity...but I have WAY too much stuff. I need to go to the container store and get my life together, hahaha!

Yeah, I spent a bunch of Christmas gift cards and money on organizers! Some were designed for cosmetics and beauty products but others are actually art/craft storage! For example, I found some wide, shallow containers with adjustable dividers to make lots of small compartments -- they're designed for small craft stuff like beads and thread, but they work great for organizing samples and mini/travel size beauty products!

ooooh, where'd you get those? We totally need something to store samples sizes in the office!

I bought different brands/styles from a few places, but the one that works best so far is the "Creative Options Deep Utility Organizer" here: https://www.michaels.com/creative-options-deep-utility-organizer/10324327.html (The one they sent is actually branded "Recollections" and has green latches but seems to be the same otherwise?) It's tricky to find storage that works for all samples because they come in so many shapes and sizes! I'll post some photos on my wall.

What it says about me? I\'m a hoarder 😂😂😂. Clearly I suffer from gluttony. But I also keep my vitamin C in a mini fridge in my bathroom, and I do all my skincare there as well. I\'m a bit of a hygiene freak ever since I realized that maybeeeee I need to wash my hands before I do my skincare routine. So I keep everything all in one place. Angela Son with all her articles turned me into a little bit of a skincare hygiene freak, especially since I suffer from hormonal acne!