Should I keep beauty, skincare and makeup, in the fridge?

You’ve likely noticed the sudden popularity of beauty fridges. On Instagram it’s all about storing costly skincare in your mini skincare refrigerator. In my mind anything you spend money that can possibly go bad it worth taking care of. If they’re organic or preservative-free skincare or cosmetics, they will have a longer shelf life if chilled.

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Should I keep beauty, skincare and makeup, in the fridge?

Why should I keep skincare in the refrigerator?

For one changes in humidity and temperature in bathrooms greatly reduces shelf life.

The medicine cabinet isn’t always the best storage solution. Keep most products away from the steam of the shower, in a dry, cool area.

Also storing it in the bathroom also increases the chance of products going bad (because of the amount of bacteria in bathrooms, even if you regularly clean your bathroom increases a higher chance of contaminating products). Heat always degrades skincare & makeup. Heat promotes bacterial growth and breakdown of products. always store skincare in dark, dry places. Sunlight breaks down products and heat and moisture breed germs.

 Kambiz Golchin* explains: ‘When it comes to making cosmetics last longer, lower temperatures are generally better. That’s because chemical reactions occur faster at higher temperatures. 

“Makeup and moisturisers in particular are prone to oxidation reactions since they contain oils that can turn rancid. Keeping them in the fridge can slow down that process.”   * Kambiz Golchin is an experienced highly trained ENT Consultant & Facial Plastic Surgeon whose pioneering techniques have gained international acclaim from his patients, his peers and the media. 

Skincare You should consider storing in the fridge.

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Eye creams

Cooling can help with a reduction of inflammation and puffiness under the eye. Nothing like a soothing cool application of eye cream any time of year.

Face Mists

Especially in summer its so refreshing & soothing to enjoy a cool spritz! Make sure your facial mist is not heavy with oil since it will become thick & harder to spray after being refrigerated.

Serums

Vitamin C is prone to breaking down when it’s exposed to light, heat, or oxygen. Although there’s no way to prevent this process, you can extend the life of your vitamin C serum by storing your serum in a cool, dark place.

Products With Certain Active Ingredients

“Protecting the purity and efficacy of the active ingredients in the products once it is opened is very important,” says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D. Products with actives like retinol, vitamin C, peptides, and hydroquinone should be stored in cool temperatures.

Sunscreens

Keeping a bottle of SPF in your cooler is the secret to staying protected and refreshed during summer vacation, so why not stash it in your refrigerator too? That way it’ll be cooled and ready to go the next time you’re heading out into the heat.

If you’re on vacation store it the cooler till you need it again. Make sure lids are screwed on tight to prevent added moisture seeping into your produc.t

Skin Oils

If you have a pure skin oil its likely not to contain any preservatives. Too much heat or sunlight can impact the quality of the oil. Both heat and sunlight can change the chemical composition of oils. Exposure to oxygen, light or heat will subject oil to oxidation, eventually turning it rancid. Oil that comes in a dark glass bottle or solid color glass that the light cannot pass through reduces sunlight exposure, which can also help to keep the oil fresher longer.

Single ingredient oils – If, however, you prefer organic or natural products without these preservatives, you’ll want to refrigerate them directly after opening. Argan oil doesn’t have any added preservatives to it as well as Rosehip oil.  One issue though: Facial oils and body oils can solidify if it’s too cold. If it’s an oil, like coconut or olive oil, keep it at room temperature. because they can solidify at colder temperatures.  

Avocado, grapeseed, hazelnut, sesame, truffle, walnut, safflower and sunflower are delicate oils that are especially prone to rancidity, especially if exposed to too much light or heat. Refrigerating after opening is recommended.

I refrigerate my skin oils.

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Lipstick

Have you ever applied a lipstick that was obviously expired? Ugh. The smell and taste can be awful. Keeping it chilled is the best possible way to make sure it lasts longer, especially in hot climates.

Do I need a special skin care fridge?

Buying an extra fridge solely for beauty products might be unnecessary. The door of your refrigerator, if it’s well temperature regulated, should be just fine. If you think you can’t keep it well temperature regulated or there are huge temperature fluctuations, may be a skincare fridge is for you

And if it’s too cold? It can actually freeze! So make you sure you buy a refrigerator thermometer so you can keep track of the temperature If you store your items in the door then put the thermometer there. I would also choose a low humidity setting.

Some refrigeration warnings:

1. Refrigeration does not equal preservation.
“Consumers should not confuse refrigeration with preservation,” says Cosmetic chemist Susan Raffy . “If a cosmetic product does not contain preservatives, it is still unlikely to have a very long shelf life.” And be aware that refrigeration doesn’t completely kill off bacteria — it just slows them down. 

This post is not be taken as medical advice.

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