If you spend any time on Instagram, you’ll probably be familiar with the latest beauty craze that is the skincare fridge. They look adorable, can fit half a dozen products in there, and are completely #gramworthy. What’s not to like?
According to the experts, cold temperatures can extend the shelf life of many skincare formulas and other cosmetics, like your lipstick and nail polish. Not only that, it can even maximize their effectiveness. They’re especially useful too if you live in a warm temperature where your products are prone to overheating and thus, deteriorating in quality.
But do you actually need a skincare fridge?
Let’s find out!
A skincare fridge is a compact refrigerator used specifically to store your beauty products. You can put it in your bedroom or your bathroom – either way, it’s a useful thing to have around to keep all your daily essentials in order.
A beauty fridge is somewhat different to your ordinary fridge, as its temperature is slightly higher. Indeed, there’s a lot of hype around them, but do they go beyond simply being cute, fun, and instagrammable?
There is evidence to suggest that storing your anti-aging lotions and brightening serums at a cooler temperature may extend their lifespan and even make them work twice as hard. However, it really does depend on the type of product and the active ingredients in that product.
Products with a Calming Effect
In other words, sheet masks, eye creams, or lotions intended to soothe the skin. If you have irritated skin, your complexion could benefit significantly from storing your products in a skincare fridge. Think face masks or serums containing cooling ingredients like mint or aloe vera. The added cooling effect will really calm your complexion.
Eye cream is another great product that belongs in the fridge – particularly if you’re looking for anti-puff effects. The cool temperature will cause the blood vessels around the eyes to constrict and the puffiness to go down.
If you’re looking for cute products to fill your fridge with, try Truly’s Eye Candy Anti-Puff Eye Cream. Those tired eyes will be gone in no time.
Many skincare products contain active ingredients that are equally as important to consider.
“Refrigerating products may help extend their shelf life,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City dermatologist. That includes retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, which “should not be kept in warm environments,” according to Dr. Jaliman. In fact, refrigerating them could make them last a lot longer and better.
Truly’s Purple Rain Facial Oil is another great product worthy of a home in your beauty fridge. Formulated with retinol, glycolic acid, and jojoba oil, it also belongs in the fridge.
Okay, so it may not make your mist work better, but it will make every spritz a whole lot more refreshing. And we’ve found the best face mist for your fridge: Truly’s Volcanic Rosewater All-Over Hydrating Mist.
Spray it on anytime your skin needs a spritz of hydration. Made with rosewater and aloe, it’s designed to refresh your skin, reduce inflammation, and promote a healthy glow.
Facial Massage Tools
You don’t just need to put products in your mini fridge. You can also put skincare tools in there too. Jade rollers and Gua Sha tools work much more effectively in de-puffing the skin when they’re extra cold. They also improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. While they still work when stored out of the fridge, massaging them over your face will feel far more invigorating when they’re cold.
DIY Skincare Potions
Do you regularly whip up pots of all-natural veggie face masks and exfoliators? Products that contain no preservatives should most definitely stay inside the fridge to prevent them from degrading – fast.
Think about what would happen if you left that bowl of spinach or glass of rice milk on the kitchen counter. It wouldn’t take long before it spoils. Well, it’s the same with your organic skincare products. If you don’t want them to degrade and wish to keep them as fresh as possible, stick them in the fridge. They’ll last a good few days longer.
NOT ALL PRODUCTS BELONG IN THE FRIDGE
For certain skincare products, it can actually be counterproductive to keep them in the fridge as it may affect their consistency and effectiveness.
Sunscreen should be kept at room temperature, not at fridge temperature. This will keep it fresh and working optimally, without causing it to change in texture or work less effectively.
These are better kept on your countertop. Due to their complexity in structure, fragrances are strongly susceptible to structural damage when stored in too cool or too warm environments. Store them at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.
SO, DO YOU REALLY NEED A SKINCARE FRIDGE?
Dermatologists and skincare experts will have to agree to disagree on the answer to this question.
Take NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. He’s completely skeptical about the beauty fridge calling it “unnecessary” and a “marketing gimmick.”
“Whenever a product is released into the market it has to go through stability testing, which shows that a product is stable, that it will not decompose at room temperature, and that it’s not going to lose its efficacy even once it’s opened,” he explains, insisting that products must be able to withstand room temperature and even temperatures much higher.
Celebrity aesthetician Angela Caglia disagrees. “When it comes to treating puffiness, you can't beat it,” she says. “I always recommend that my clients store their eye creams, certain masks and rose quartz beauty tools in the fridge.”
A beauty fridge or no beauty fridge – chill (get it!?).
You don’t need one to keep your skincare products fresh, but you certainly won’t lose out from getting one either, as they can be super convenient for storing your essentials and boosting their longevity. Either way, it’s pretty much a win-win on all fronts.