If you’ve been scrolling through Instagram, chances are your favourite beauty blogger/influencer has ditched the flatlay and showed off her latest acquisition–a beauty fridge. This tiny fridge, which looks like a doll-sized version of your regular fridge, is filled with beauty products–most often those highly Instagrammable ones like Glossier, Glow Recipe and Barbara Sturm coupled with a jade roller or Gua Sha. What exactly do these beauty fridges do? And is it really beneficial to pop products in them? We decided to ask two of India’s leading dermats what they thought of it.
It’s an absolute must
“Skin fridges are necessary in case the products will be in temperatures above 25 degrees celsius,” says Dr. Kiran Lohia, a New York Dermatologist and Integrative Wellness Expert, Medical Director Isya Aesthetics, New Delhi. “When products are stored in hot areas, they can breakdown or separate into the oil and water components. Products are rarely tested for high temperature conditions like India, and to make them stable in these temperatures is hard. Any product purchased from abroad, should definitely be placed in a skin fridge or in a temperature controlled room.” Adds Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, dermatologist and founder, ISAAC Luxe, Delhi, “If you’re investing thousands of rupees in effective skincare, it’s best you invest in storing it too. Think about it: storing your prized lipsticks and creams in your shower cabinet may expose them to bacteria…and storing them next to your vegetables in hardly ideal. From face mists, creamy lipsticks to sheet masks, cold skincare may just be beneficial for some products. I personally love putting my sheet masks in the beauty fridge and using it on a clean face.”
What products should you store in your skin care fridge
Dr. Geetika recommends putting these products in your skincare fridge:
1. Creamy lipsticks, sheet masks, jade rollers and face mists are summer essentials and have an added cooling effect when applied straight from the fridge.
2. Anti-ageing creams and under-eye creams work better when applied cold. When applied cold they further help in closing down the pores thus making the skin tighter.
3. Make the most of a cooling jade roller by stashing it in the fridge for facial massage and lymphatic drainage.
4. Storing products that have retinol, vitamin C and other active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide in the fridge may help stabilise these formulas.
5. One can also freeze beauty ice cubes for quick red carpet glow. Make small ice cubes with cucumber juice, Aloe Vera and rosewater or just freeze your used green tea bags and use them for de-puffing the eyes.
6. You can also put a metal spoon in the fridge and use it to compress the under eye bags.
Where can I can find these skin care fridges?
While skin care fridges haven’t really become mainstream, you can store your products in a wine cooler or dedicate shelf space in your fridge in a closed box to store your beauty products.