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A skincare fridge is one of the coolest ways to keep your beauty products fresh, potent and free of bacteria. They add a fun touch to your daily regimen — but do they offer real skin benefits as well?
For instance, does a cooler temperature actually extend the life of your products?
Turns out, not everything benefits from a cooldown. Getting the most out of your tiny refrigerator typically comes down to knowing what skincare to keep in the fridge and what's best kept out of the cold.
Most people don't need a skincare fridge. If you live in an ultra-hot climate, a skincare fridge's icy touch can definitely stop beauty products from breaking down quickly in the heat. Otherwise, most skincare products undergo rigorous testing and certification processes to ensure they remain stable and bacteria-free at room temperature.
Still, this small investment can elevate your skincare routine. A skincare fridge is perfect for ingredients with unstable molecules, such as vitamin C, which break down much faster when exposed to sunlight and temperature variations. Plus, having a cold and humidity-controlled environment adds a layer of protection against the growth of yeast, bacteria or mold in case a heat wave or humid storm comes along.
And as anyone who's ever enjoyed a chilled sheet mask or a cold eye cream knows, applying a product straight from the fridge is just really refreshing. Cold products can also help bring down puffiness, inflammation, redness and irritation.
Will a regular fridge do the job? If you're serious about reaping the benefits, a skincare fridge does come out ahead. That's because regular fridges typically operate at 35-38°F — which is the optimal temperature to store food, not beauty products. A skincare fridge normally falls within the range of 45-60°F. Keeping your skincare too cold may make the products thicker and more difficult to spread.
If you prefer to store your skincare in a regular fridge, physically separate them from food items. Since food products have a much shorter shelf life and are more prone to germs, you want to prevent any drips or other cross-contamination. An empty butter tray or vegetable drawer can be a convenient stocking place.
The benefits of refrigerating your beauty goodies aren't universal. Here's a master list of what parts of your routine are best served cold.
Some skincare that should never go in the fridge. Clay-based face masks top this list: They may harden and dry out faster at a cooler temperature, making them lumpy and difficult to use. Facial oils or oil-based moisturizers can separate, change consistency or even turn solid when kept in a fridge.
Skincare fridges may not be a necessity for everyone, but providing a controlled atmosphere for your products has real perks. If you know how to navigate what skincare to keep in the fridge environments, they can keep your beauty routine cool on even the hottest days.