Do You Need a Skin Care Fridge?

Why you might, and the dos and don’ts of using one! 

As someone who’s fridge is more likely to contain my roller and some nail polish than a normal week’s supply of groceries, when I started seeing skin care fridges pop up on my instagram feed I was very intrigued. I love all things mini, and these cute little fridges tend to come in my favorite colors: millennial pink and lavender. However, I have made an impulse decision based on cute packaging before, and a good life lesson is “stop doing that”, so I decided to do a little investigation. Beyond the aesthetics, which obviously I was all in on, I learned that these fridges can make certain products more effective and long lasting, but can actually be harmful to other parts of your skincare routine.

I have always kept certain products in the fridge because it feels really nice to apply them when they’re cold. Whether it’s aloe on a sunburn or an eye cream after a long night, I’ve never known if it was more of a psychological effect, but it turns out keeping certain things cold does increase their efficacy. This is especially true when you’re looking for a product that helps with de-puffing or inflammation. 

For some products, keeping them in a cooler temperature can help fight oxidation and help extend their expiration date. This is especially true for products that include certain active ingredients like Vitamin C or Retinol. Storing these products in a hot, humid small bathroom or in direct sunlight can be really bad for them. The same is true of products that include probiotics or certain natural ingredients. 

However, most skin care products have to undergo extensive stability testing before they can hit the market. Most products are designed to function best at room temperature, so you want to make sure if you do decide to get a skincare fridge, you aren’t using it to store certain products. While a water based product (like a toner, or a gel cream), might be very happy in your new fridge, certain wax or oil based face oils, balms, and products with atypical textures (like a jelly, or whipped cream texture) can actually separate and lose their luster.

Here’s a list of the products that are good to be stored in a skincare fridge: 

  • Sheet Masks
  • Face Mists
  • Vitamin C
  • Facial Roller
  • Eye Creams
  • Eye Mask Patches
  • Water Based Creams
  • Probiotic Skincare
  • Food and Medical Grade Skin Care
  • Aloe
  • Retinol
  • Toner
  • Nail polish

And here’s a list of products that should NOT be stored in a skincare fridge:  

  • Makeup
  • Fragrances
  • Oils
  • Balms
  • Sunscreen
  • Jelly
  • Whipped textures

My decision? I went for it. My fridge is stocked with my quartz roller, vitamin c serum, eye creamsleeping mask, eye patch masks, face mist and a few other masks. It’s been a great summer treat to pop on the cold skin care and I do feel like it’s helped me feel and look less puffy, which I really appreciate.

We checked out my personal skin care fridge on our latest live episode. Missed it? Watch it here

Are you thinking of getting a skincare fridge? What would you put in yours? Tell me in the comments, and ask any other questions you have! 

About the Author
Jess K.
Jess K.
Like Rose Dewitt Bukkater, really more of an indoor kind of girl. Down to chat about skincare, 📚s, hair products, 📺and 🍷!