I used to be so reckless with sunscreen.
Before my mid 20s, I only used it at the beach, which was basically never because going to the beach is my idea of torture (I know, I’m a weirdo).
The few times I was dragged there, I would begrudgingly put sunscreen on, and then leave the bottle lying wherever. In the car, on the sand under the scorching sun, on my bed… Who cared?
Well, I should have. The way we store our sunscreens matter. Do it wrong, and it loses all its effectiveness. The worst part is that we often don’t realise there’s something wrong with it until we get a bad sunburn. Ouch!
So, how should we store sunscreen?
Sunscreen should always be kept away from:
- Direct sunlight
All these things degrade and weaken sunscreen until it becomes completely useless. So, that rules out most of our fave places:
Where Not To Store Sunscreen:
1. The Bathroom
I used to keep all my skincare products in the bathroom, because it is just SO convenient. But, it’s also really bad for all our lotions and potions, sunscreen included.
That’s because the temperature in the bathroom changes all the time. Think about all those warm showers we’re taking. They make the temperature rise up, and then it goes back down, and then back up again. All that warmth and humidity can make our fave products turn mouldy and go bad soon.
2. The Car
It is convenient to store our sunscreen in the car, isn’t it? That way, you have it with you everywhere you go. But, if it’s a hot day and you park your car under direct sunlight, you’re pretty much storing your sunscreen into an oven.
Actually, if the day is really, really hot, the car will turn into an oven regardless of where you park it. Do bring your sunscreen with you, but be careful not to “cook” it, or you’ll have to throw it away!Don't leave sunscreen in the car on a hot summer days. It's like leaving it in an oven. It'll go bad.Click To Tweet
3. Near A Window
I used to let my sunscreen lie around wherever, including my bed and my desk, which were often under direct sunlight. Basically, they were the hottest spots in the house. Not smart, Gio!
Of course, this isn’t as bad as storing sunscreen in the car as the temperature won’t rise as much. But, if you want your sunscreen to work its best and last that little bit longer, avoid any place that’s under direct sunlight.
So, Where Should I Store Sunscreen?
Somewhere cool, dark and dry. I keep mine in a drawer in my bedroom. It fits the bill well, especially in London, when the weather really gets that hot.
Still, I always put a bag of silica gels in there, just to keep the drawer dry. Silica gels are great at absorbing the excess moisture caused by humidity that would make our sunscreens (and everything else) go bad quickly.
The Bottom Line
Forget about bathrooms and cars. If you don’t want your bottle of sunscreen to go bad quickly, store it in a cool, dry, and humid place. No excuses.
Where do you store your sunscreen?