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Do You Really Need a Beauty Fridge?

Storing your eye gel on the shelf right next to the butter dish may seem weird, but it could actually enhance the deflating effects of your undereye bag treatment. Seriously. That’s because the chill factor alone can have beauty benefits — which is why we partnered with our friends at Makeup Fridge for the adorable Glow Recipe x Makeup Fridge mini fridge.

In general, keeping skin care on ice has the most benefits when you’re looking to constrict blood vessels (cold contracts; heat expands) for a firmer, tighter appearance or when cooler temps will help mitigate pain or discomfort (think applying aloe to a sunburn). 

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s New York City dermatologist and the founder of Entière Dermatology Melissa K. Levin, MD, on the subject: “For certain beauty products, like eye creams, I do like cooler temperatures because they can help vasoconstrict blood vessels for an immediate effect, helping to depuff undereye bags, for example.” Dr. Levin also notes that “for very dry and itchy skin, placing anti-itch moisturizers in the fridge before using can give a cooling and soothing feeling when they’re applied on the skin.”

Another surprising benefit of cold skin care? Studies have shown that it can actually help decrease the production of sebum, making your skin less oily. One study found that for every 1°C (33°F) change, sebum production decreases by up to 10 percent!

Naturally, it’s all a matter of personal preference. As Dr. Levin points out, any topical prescription medication that requires refrigeration will have that explicitly noted on the package. In those cases, cooler temps are a must. But your regular skin care has been stability tested before it ever hits the shelves and doesn’t need the cold air to act as a preservative. (Unless, of course, it does. If you’ve purchased skin care containing a live culture, such as of probiotics, and it was refrigerated when you bought it, you need to keep that up at home. Some natural or organic products don’t contain preservatives and also need to be kept cold. Again, this should be marked clearly on the label.) 

By the same token, you’re not going to ruin the formulation of your face mask, simply because you slide it beside the milk.  Just bear in mind that your skin care may absorb food odors from your refrigerator, so sticking your eye cream next to the Limburger or Taleggio is probably not the best idea. It’s also a good argument for investing in a dedicated beauty fridge. 

One word of caution: While you can keep serums and oils in the fridge, there is a chance they could turn viscous or thicken once their liquid-based formulas feel the (extreme) chill. For that reason, gels and creams usually do the best in the cold. A soothing toner, such as Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight PHA+BHA Toner, and refreshing mist, like Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist, could also be something you keep in the crisper for an instant hit of cooling hydration and makeup refreshing. Also to note: We don’t recommend storing our Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream in the fridge as it can adjust the lighweight, pillowy texture.

Whatever the season, it’s always a good time to chill out.


Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask


Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow Ultra Fine Mist


Glow Recipe

Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner


Glow Recipe

Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream


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