How To: Store Skincare Samples

If you know me, then you know I love trying out new skincare products. I have quite the collection of these foil tear sample packets of cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and sunscreen…a whole lot of sunscreen.

I’ve been very hesitant to open up any new ones because I couldn’t find a practical way to store them while I was using them. I find that a typical skincare sample packet will last me more than one day. It takes more than a few days – even a few weeks – to see if a product really works for me so it didn’t seem right throwing them away after only one use.

I find that storing them in contact lens cases is the best solution to keep them from drying and collecting bacteria. I have plenty of them in a cabinet at home since I go through contact solution so quickly.

Here, I ripped open the top and squeezed out the product into one of the compartments, but I recommend snipping off a corner of the packet to make squeezing out the product easier.

Washi tape is the easiest way to label and date the samples I’m currently using because it’s easy to write on and remove. Using tape also allows me to reuse the case after I’m finished testing out the product.

The one thing I would recommend is to buy little cosmetic spatulas or cotton swabs to use the product so you are not introducing bacteria in the samples by dipping your finger. I hope this little tip is helpful if you have sample products and extra contact cases laying around. Have a great weekend!

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