Ever wondered how some products are stored in a refrigerator? According to the FDA, officials strongly advise a 2-year shelf life for most skincare products. Beauty brands that are retailed in stores are required to include an expiration date, but this isn’t new information. What’s new is adding a mini refrigerator ($50) to your vanity surface to further extend the quality of your expensive goodies. As far as our mothers have told us, liquid formula should be stored at room temperatures related to 62- 70 degrees to prolong the freshness, perhaps live out their expiration date, and maintain their sanitation. Furthermore, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Allure Magazine that chilling your skincare product could simultaneously calm nerves and de-puff your skin after a long day. Here are 5 tips and tricks to know about chilling your skincare products in a mini-fridge.
- Read the label. We are in the era of label reading and it’s not just limited to organic and processed foods. Our skincare and makeup are as equally important. Most liquid based skincare like serums will require storing at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Other makeup products like liquid foundation, also require storing in warm to cool room. These types of products can also harvest bacteria so if you notice clumpiness or separation of the product with oil, then it may be time to discard the product.
- Most serums can be chilled. If you’re obsessed with serums and essence (essential oils) thanks to the recent influence of Korean beauty on the US market, these fancy toners are the perfect concoctions to place in your mini-fridge. The cooling effect can de-stressed and de-puff your face after a long day at the office.
- Skincare tools can be thrown in the fridge too! Don’t know where to store your new facial jade roller? Keep it refrigerated to active your skincare products one applied to the skin. The cooling effect helps the skin’s elasticity and gets the facial blood flowing that can give you that natural glow without the $$$ spa facial.
- Actually, our main ingredient found in our serum, moisturizer and eye cream should be stored in a fridge. One of the star ingredients found in A Complete ( as well as other luxury pro-aging products) ARGIRELINE® peptide solution C is recommended to be stored at about 39 degrees Fahrenheit for long-term storage due to its water-based peptide that stays active when chilled. It fights wrinkles and reduces lines by freezing your skin in place, that’s why it’s better to start earlier to preserve your skin’s natural state. Realistically, many of us don’t put our de-aging products in the fridge, however, if you’re reading this, it’s never too late to make room.
- Masks and toners and anything DIY with a water-based and prone to melt should be good for your new mini fridge too! Almond oil and coconut oil are key items in the natural hair and skin community. These editable foods can get messy in their oil state, so why not chill them to make them manageable?