What Skincare Products Should Be Refrigerated

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Author Name: Mia Barnes
Date: Thursday August 6, 2020

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If you’re skincare obsessed, you’ve likely come across those small, pastel-colored skincare fridges that have taken Instagram by storm. Are they necessary, though? For the most part, you don’t have to chill your skincare products for them to be effective. That said, it all depends on what you have on your shelf.

If you’re curious about what products should be refrigerated, look no further. Take a peek at this quick guide to see if your serums and moisturizers require a cooler environment.

How Companies Make Skincare Products

It’s important to note that manufacturers put their products through stability tests before they release them to the public. These checks guarantee that products have long shelf lives, so it won’t spoil at room temperature. In other words, it’s safe to say your holy grail essence should thrive if you keep it on your dresser.

Sometimes, companies do formulate products that you’ll need to keep cool. These are often dermatologist-prescribed products that come with specific instructions. If you buy natural or organic products, it’s a smart idea to store them inside a refrigerator so that they remain fresh. These products don’t have preservatives.

It’s best to check your products for any indications that you need to refrigerate them. Otherwise, you can assume they’ll stay ready to use for at least a few months.

When to Refrigerate Your Skincare Products

Aside from products that need refrigeration, you may want to store particular products so that they feel nice on your skin. These often include creams, gels or face masks. There are some benefits to this method, but if you have non-irritated, “normal” skin, you won’t see a significant difference. That said, you can address a few issues with chilled products.

A refrigerated undereye product can help if you deal with puffy bags under your eyes. There’s a reason why people like to use cold cloths or cucumber slices to decrease inflammation! A chilled moisturizing face mask may reduce sunburn and other dry skin-related issues.

Which Skincare Products Can You Refrigerate?

While your chilled products may feel better on your skin when you apply them, it’s not as if they’re a cure-all for your skin-related woes. If you’d like to experiment with the refrigeration method anyways, here are some items you should keep cool:

  • Beauty balms
  • Facial toners
  • Sheet masks
  • Eye creams
  • Water-based toners
  • Vitamin C
  • Jade rollers

You should always follow the instructions on your products to ensure they maintain their intended consistency and shelf life. A quick internet search should provide answers for a specific product if you’re unsure whether you should chill them. Still, it’s safe to put these listed products inside your refrigerator if you’d like to try this method.

There are some products that you should keep away from cold temperatures. If you have an oil cleanser or oil-based serum, it’s probably best to store them at room temperature so the ingredients don’t separate.

It All Depends on Your Skincare Collection

There’s no evidence that refrigeration can make your skincare products work better. Yet this method won’t harm your skin, either. It’s all up to your preferences whether or not you decide to refrigerate your skincare products.

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