Starting a new anti-ageing skincare regime is often easier than maintaining one. How many times have you invested in new products, determined to give them a chance to do their stuff, only to stop using them after a couple of days or weeks?
The shocking truth is that most of us have toners, moisturisers and serums – not to mention expensive makeup – that we never use. They are often left gathering dust on dressing tables and shelves or stuffed in drawers and bulging makeup bags.
We asked some of our readers what makes them ‘fall off the wagon’ when it comes to keeping up a routine. Surprisingly, the hassle of having to root around to find products was a leading cause. Some told us that not having what they need in one place made sticking to a routine difficult.
In this feature, we look at how savvy storage is key to maintaining an effective skincare routine.
Keep Skincare Products Together
You don’t have to be Einstein to know that products scattered around your bedroom or bathroom are least likely to be regularly used. Having to tip out a cosmetic bag to find what you are looking for is not what you want first thing in the morning or last thing at night. That is why it pays to get organised.
Storing products correctly so that they are literally at your fingertips 24/7 will improve your chances of keeping up a regime. Other benefits include:
- Less waste
- Products perform better if stored correctly (out of direct sunlight and kept cool)
- Regular use of a product will boost the overall condition of your skin
- You will save money
- Proper storage will declutter your home
How To Choose The Right Makeup Storage Solution
One of the biggest problems with makeup storage is that people – and women in particular – often invest in storage solutions that are too small. You should aim to keep everything you need together in a dark and dust-free environment. The likelihood is that a makeup bag is not going to be big enough.
Look for storage that will:
- Provide plenty of space
- Offer compartments
- Be portable
- Include a mirror
- Protect products from sunlight
- Stop items from gathering dust
If you regularly travel or have young children, you may want to buy a solution that is lockable too. While there are some very attractive tiered solutions on the market, be aware that they are not always very portable and require regular dusting. Rotating stands and drawers with a top tray are prime examples.
Look for storage that has mostly drawers at the very least. Ideally, you should go for a box design with a handle that can easily be carried from one room to another. If you are really savvy, you will buy a solution that will store at least some of your makeup too. A mirror will give you that added push to stay on top of your appearance.
Before buying, always read customer reviews. Comments like ‘not extra large’ or ‘too small’ will tell you that a product may not be suitable if you are looking to store a lot of items.
These are our recommended skincare and makeup storage solutions. Each item has been chosen based on buyer reviews, practicality and price.
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