How to store manicure products
With proper use, you can significantly extend the shelf life of manicure products, thereby worrying about the health of your nails. Therefore, our topic today is how to store manicure products.
For some reason, many girls believe that such trifles as the expiration date of gel polish should be of interest only to manicurists, or owners of beauty salons. And for home use, it’s not so important that the varnish has slightly changed its consistency, and it had to be disposed of six months ago. It's beautiful! However, this is an erroneous approach to business, for which you can pay with your own health.
There are general storage rules that are universal for all manicure products: store all products in their original packaging in an upright position to prevent leakage; ensure that lids are always securely closed and that food is stored in a cool, dry place away from moisture, direct sunlight, heat, and flames.
How to store gel polishes
Product shelf life: 1-3 years
Gels should be stored away from sunlight, especially those with a "window" in the bottle to show the color. Any light that comes into contact with the gel will begin to cure it.
When applying the top coat, remove excess gel by running the brush along the inside of the neck of the bottle, avoiding the polish on the outside. The more polish that accumulates there, the more difficult it will be to screw the bottle cap on firmly, and the faster the gel polish will harden and become unusable.
How to store acrylic systems (acrylic nail extensions)
Product shelf life: 1-3 years
The lids of containers with polymers must be tightly closed so that the moisture in the air does not interact with the powder.
If the product has gone bad, the monomers can thicken and gel, start to cure too slowly, or even completely solidify. And polymers tend to discolor and change structure. To prevent this from happening, always make sure that the containers are closed and not exposed to direct sunlight.
How to store nail polishes
Product shelf life: 12-18 months
The pigments in the polish can fade when exposed to sunlight, and the bottles themselves can explode at temperatures above 48°C. If the bottle is not sealed securely or has been exposed to the sun for a while, the polish will thicken and become difficult to apply.
And at this moment, nail polish remover usually enters the arena, with which many girls begin to dilute this same nail polish. ???? However, this will not save the coating, but will only change the chemical composition of the product, which is fraught with many problems.
If you followed all the storage rules, and for some reason the varnish has settled in layers, do not rush to throw it away. However, it is also not worth shaking it convulsively, because this can lead to the formation of air bubbles, and the coating will not lie in an even layer. Instead, roll the bottle a little between your palms so that the lacquer mixes smoothly and thoroughly.
How to store primer
Product shelf life: 1-2 years
The primer, which is also known to us under the name “nail primer”, is quite sensitive to light, and if stored incorrectly, it can change color, become dirty and lose effectiveness.
You can also contaminate the primer when applied to an insufficiently prepared nail, as the brush will collect all the dust and oils from the nail plate, and over time you will see how they float in the bottle.
How to Store Creams, Lotions, and Cuticle Oils
Products shelf life: unopened 1-2 years, opened 1 year
The most important thing in storing these hand care products is to carefully close the tubes and bottles and keep them upright and out of the sun.
If the original smell of the product has changed, or if you notice that a layer of water has appeared on top, then it's time to throw it away.
Disposal of funds
I would like to draw your attention to another important aspect of the use of manicure products - recycling. When disposing of products, always follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not follow these rules, you are harming the environment and also endangering your own health. Anything you pour down the drain ends up in the ocean, endangering the life of the underwater world, while old nail polish bottles tend to end up in landfills where the chemicals, still in liquid form, can soak into the soil.
Do not be lazy to once again read the recommendations on the label. This will help you not only extend the life of your favorite products, but also save nature. Be healthy and beautiful!