Do You Really Need a Skincare Fridge? - The Dermatology Review

Do You Really Need a Skincare Fridge?

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10.10.19 AD DISCLOSURE

Skincare fridges are becoming even more popular than bathroom #shelfies and we can see why: they’re miniature, they’re colorful, and they make your favorite serums and sheet masks look cute. But let’s discuss the practical side of things. Do you really need a skincare fridge? Is there a reason behind this sudden need to store skincare products at a cooler temperature? Keep reading to learn why a skincare fridge may be necessary in some scenarios, as well as the best mini fridge for all of your favorite beauty products. 

What is a skincare fridge?

A skincare fridge is exactly what you’d imagine it to be: a miniature fridge designed to store your skincare products. The concept behind a skincare fridge is to keep your products active for a longer period of time after opening. This can be particularly helpful with ingredients that are highly susceptible to degradation, for example, retinol, vitamin C, and botanical extracts. 

With the rise of natural skin care products that contain botanical extracts, a skincare fridge could help the product to stay active for longer. This is especially true for “preservative free” skin care products. If these products are stored at room temperature (typically about 70°F) the warm temperature may stimulate the growth of microorganisms. Plus, the ingredients used in cosmetic formulations, such as water, oils, peptides, and carbohydrates, create the perfect environment for microorganism growth. Storing cosmetics and skincare products in a cooler environment can help to prevent this problem. 

However, critics of the skincare fridge claim that it is a marketing gimmick because product refrigeration is unnecessary. This is because whenever a skin care product is released into the market, it must go through stability testing. Stability testing demonstrates that a product is stable, that it will not decompose at room temperature, and that it’s not going to lose its efficacy even once it’s opened. There are, however, topical prescription creams that require refrigeration. But for the majority of beauty products, refrigeration is unnecessary (although it is harmless). 

Another reason skincare fridges have become trendy is due to the effect of applying chilled masks, creams, and skin care tools like jade rollers. This is similar to the concept of applying chilled cucumber slices over your eyes. The cool temperature may help to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and constrict blood vessels. 

What is the best mini fridge?

Below we’ll discuss a few of the most popular skincare fridges to help you decide what is the best mini fridge for you. 

Makeup Fridge
Makeup Fridge offers a light pink mini fridge with a gloss finish, with outer dimensions of 7″ x 9″ x 9.9″ (width, depth, height). It is designed to keep your makeup/skincare products fresher for longer with the built-in temperature control. Makeup Fridge can cool down to between 40ºF to 45ºF or heat up to between 122ºF to 144ºF (50°C to 62°C) with the ease of a switch.

The Cosmetics Fridge
The Cosmetics Fridge offers two options with their mini fridge: pink and marble. The dimensions for this fridge are 22.3cm x 17.7cm x 24.5cm. They also offer a jumbo fridge with dimensions of 27cm x 29cm x 33cm. The Cosmetics Fridge can cool down to 3˚C at 25˚C ambient (it also has a heating option). The brand also offers a Premium Quality Rose Quartz Facial Roller that you can buy separately. The roller is said to help firm the skin through gentle massage and aid in supporting the lymphatic system (the body’s main major detoxification system).

Cooluli Mini Fridge
Cooluli Mini Fridge offers a wide variety of mini fridges that come in all different dimensions and colors. Cooluli markets their mini fridges not just for skin care products, but also as a portable way to bring snacks and drinks with you. It is a Thermo-Electric cooler/warmer that goes from cooling to warming with one quick switch.

Stock up your skincare fridge with these products

We’ve already talked about what types of ingredients may benefit from being stored in a skincare fridge, but we’d also like to share some of our favorite products that you can store in your mini fridge. 

First up is Formulyst Pro-Collagen Serum. The formula contains ingredients like Chondrus Crispus extract and hyaluronic acid to boost the skin’s hydration, while peptides and hydrolyzed soy protein can stimulate the production of collagen. While this serum does not have to be stored in a skincare fridge, you may enjoy the instant cooling effect and notice over time that your skin looks and feels firmer and more youthful.

Another product you can store in a skincare fridge is Formulyst Anti-Aging Night Cream. This cream features retinol as a key ingredient. Retinol is clinically proven to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore skin firmness. It works by stimulating new collagen production and increasing cell turnover, leading to smoother, firmer skin. While this cream does not have to be stored in a fridge, remember from above that retinol is easily oxidized. You may want to keep Formulyst Anti-Aging Night Cream in a skincare fridge if you live in a very hot, humid environment. 

Our final product recommendation is Formulyst’s new Anti-Aging Concentrate. This fragrance free, highly concentrated formula conditions your complexion and helps reduce the appearance of age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. It contains Matrixyl 3000, a peptide complex composed of the matrikines palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. These two peptides work synergistically to restore and maintain the skin’s youthful appearance by signaling to cells to produce more collagen. Numerous studies have proven the anti-aging and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl 3000. Formulyst Anti-Aging Concentrate is also full of natural ingredients, such as green tea, vitamin C, and vitamin E. All three of these ingredients provide powerful antioxidant activity, protecting the skin against environmental free radicals that are known to degrade collagen. Once again, you don’t have to store the Anti-Aging Concentrate in a skincare fridge, but applying a cool serum can further help to reduce inflammation and puffiness.

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