There are some makeup products that I always keep in my fridge: Nail poles (I've heard it keeps the formula from drying out), eye masks because they feel so that much better when chilled) and my dermatologist prescribed acne cream (because, well, you need to), to name a few. Moreover, you will find the rest of my beauty products in either my bathroom or bedroom.
Head to Korea, however, and you'll find mini makeup fridges in the homes of any woman who's even somewhat into makeup products. Last year, they also hit the mainstream in the West as well, with mini fridges launching (and selling) at Nordstrom and beauty influencers taking to Instagram in groups to sing cooling praises to beauty.
But is there any actual benefit to keeping your skincare products in the refrigerator? This is it, yes. Patricia Boland, skin specialist and lead product developer at Colorescience UK decodes the beauty refrigerator craze and shares the skincare six products you should move to your fridge today.
"Beside the feel of a chilled product on your skin, a chilled product will always be more effective at de-puffing and boosting circulation compared to a room temperature," Boland explains. "When products are exposed to air, they also get oxidised. The refrigerant slows down the oxidation process and prevents them from becoming inactive."
We've known that skincare fridges have been huge within the K-Beauty scene for a long time now, so why is it only now that the trend of keeping your skincare cool is moving into the mainstream?
"With the rise and rise of natural skincare brands like Lush and Tara Harper making their products in smaller batches and often without using a chemical preservatives, refrigeration is necessary," explains Boland. In fact, keeping your skincare in the bathroom like I do may not be the best thing. “Changing the room temperature when you’re bathing can change the strength of your products,” she says.
In contrast, by keeping your products in the refrigerator you can actually boost their effectiveness. "Cold skincare helps to stabilize the active, soothes and alleviates skin irritation … and helps to tighten the skin while refreshing [it]."
So should we all be in a hurry to store all our makeup in our fridges? Not so much. According to Boland, there are six main types of products that benefit from keeping cool.
"Sheet masks, face mists and serums are suitable for chills and can help de-puff. They can also help to boost shine, bring down inflammation and soothe the face after facial treatment. or laser, ”Boland said.
It is also important to think about the types of formula you use, as "natural skin products [and] anything containing vitamin C will benefit the preservative power of the cold."
The final product is really a skincare tool. “A facial roller can help boost lymphatic drainage for a more etched and firmer feel to your skin when cooled,” Boland advises.
But while some skincare products will certainly benefit from keeping it cool, Boland says there are products that should be stored properly in your refrigerator.
"Makeup will not show any benefits from cooling and can also be difficult to use," she advises. "Any liquids like oil and solids like balm can separate or become too solid, so it's best to keep the hem at room temperature. Those who emit will also find a cooler also cold but avoid keeping it near the sun or in your bathroom. "
Keep scrolling to shop for some of my favorite fridge-friendly skincare products.
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