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Is Cold Weather Bad for Your Beauty Products

If you work long hours, you’re very likely used to the notion of bringing your beauty products with you to your job. In the summer, this can be a bit dangerous, and you’ve likely (hopefully) grown used to the idea of taking appropriate precautions so that you don’t open your bag to find that your lipstick has metamorphosed into a delightful crimson puddle at the bottom of your purse.

But what about safeguarding your beauty products from a bitter winter chill? Is this something you need to do? If so, how would you do it? What exactly does cold do to beauty products? It surely doesn’t facilitate their miraculous transformation from useful cosmetic tools to messy puddles, as the heat tends to, so what, if any effect on beauty products does chilliness have?

What Will Cold Do to My Beauty Products?
In short, it’ll make them harder. The main disadvantage here is that they’ll be more difficult to apply until they come back to a less wintry temperature, but the main thing to take away here is that no permanent damage will be done. Wax-based products like lipstick will become firmer and will drag a bit on the skin, making application tricky, if not impossible. Once they’re back to room temperature though, they’ll be just fine, no harm done.

What Precautions Should I Take?
Really, not much. As we said, cold, unlike heat, won’t cause any permanent damage to your beauty products. The main thing you need to be concerned about is performance. If your lipstick is cold, for instance, and you want to use it, rub the (closed, unless you want to paint your hands too) tube around in your hands repeatedly and breathe on it until it no longer seems cold. Other than that, you don’t need to worry about it much.

Is Keeping my Beauty Products Perpetually Cooled Helpful?
In a word, kind of (okay, that was two words, but you get the idea), but not by much. Basically, many people believe that storing makeup in the refrigerator extends the shelf life. There is actually some truth to this. Granted, it will make them more difficult to apply (or at least it will make wax-based ones like lipstick harder to apply), but keeping them constantly at the same temperature does extend their shelf life. However, the kick here is that it doesn’t matter whether that temperature is cool or room temperature, so if you generally keep your house around the same temp all the time, you can go ahead and just leave them in your cosmetics drawer with the same result.

Also, as tempting as it may be, don’t store beauty products in the freezer thinking it will extend their shelf life even longer than in the fridge, but this is not only untrue, but even if it was, it wouldn’t be worth it owing to the fact that everything would be much more difficult to apply. On that note, when we say that cold doesn’t damage beauty products, we’re talking about the cold they’re exposed to in your bag when you walk outside, not literally being frozen solid; Vine Vera can’t really comment on what that would do, as we have no idea, so don’t risk it.