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What & Why Should You Refrigerate Skincare Face Products?

Although many skincare face products stay on the shelves at room temperature when bought, some products can benefit from being chilled. You might be unsure about which products will be more effective when putting them in the refrigerator, but this article should help clear things up.

Skincare Fridge Benefits and Deciding on Which Products to Chill

Some skincare products used on the face or other parts of the body might benefit in some ways from refrigeration. However, this isn’t the case for all products. Some ingredients will react negatively to extreme temperature changes and may become less effective, while others might offer better results when chilled.

Often, it’s best to keep most products at room temperature, but there are some exceptions, according to professionals. Some products may actually last longer when chilling them in the refrigerator, but it depends on the specific product and corresponding formula.

What Skincare Products Should Be Refrigerated?

If you want to chill your skincare products in the fridge, some items are suited for this. These products may include the following:

Soothing Masks

Generally, if a product such as a skin-soothing mask offers anti-inflammatory or cooling effects, it’s likely to perform well when chilled. In most cases, you’re better off going with gel-based products that contain more water than other masks comprising creams. You’ll likely see better results when using a cool soothing mask over one that’s stored at room temperature.

Eye Creams

Another product that may serve you better when refrigerated is an eye cream. Specifically, chilled eye creams allow for the tightening of blood vessels beneath the skin, a process known as vasoconstriction. This process helps conceal dark circles and puffiness around the eyes more effectively. 

Face Rollers

You’ll also find that face rollers perform better when you keep them in the refrigerator. The reason for this is the same principle that makes eye creams more effective when chilled. That vasoconstriction process will help you eliminate puffiness in the face when using your chilled face rollers, potentially giving you better results than rollers stored at room temperature.

Eye Serum

Chilling eye serums can also yield the same results as your chilled eye creams because of their vasoconstrictive properties. Serums using roller wands and patches can both help eliminate puffiness around the eyes after storing them in the fridge for a brief period.

Facial Sprays

You can store facial sprays in the refrigerator to create the same effect as chilled face masks. For instance, you can chill rosewater, toners, and moisturizing sprays to alleviate the stress in your skin.

What Skincare Products Should Not Be Refrigerated?

Some skincare products are entirely incompatible with the fridge. These can include:

  • Oil-based products — Many products made with oil could see a change in consistency when chilled.
  • Clay products — If you keep clay in the fridge, it will harden and become difficult to use.
  • Certain types of serums — Some serums may separate when exposed to cool temperatures.

Determine What Skincare Products to Keep in the Fridge

Not every product will provide additional advantages from chilling, but some will if they comprise the right formula and ingredients. When searching for skincare face products, look into what their manufacturers recommend regarding chilling and their ingredients and determine which to chill to reap their full benefits.

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