Beauty fridges claim to reduce inflammation, increase shelf life and even boost the effectiveness of skincare and makeup – but are they all they’re cracked up to be? We consulted the pros.
Beauty tools and accessories are huge right now, in case you haven’t seen them all over your Instagram feeds – from face rollers and gua sha tools, to LED masks and ultrasonic cleansing devices, everyone’s interested in clever devices that can sort their skincare problems.
And one beauty accessory that’s been getting a lot of hype for a while now is the beauty fridge: an extra-petite fridge that cools your skincare and cosmetics to just the right temperature to reduce inflammation, increase shelf life and even boost their effectiveness.
But like me, you might be a little confused about what beauty fridges do, and if they can live up to their big claims. So to cut through the hype and get the lowdown on everything there is to know, I turned to the pros: skin expert Sarah Hudson, and Body+Soul’s own expert beauty editor, Kelsey Ferencak.
What is a beauty fridge for?
A beauty fridge is kind of like an extra-small mini fridge that’s designed specifically to hold skincare and beauty products from face masks to beauty tools and mists to makeup. They’re ideal for people who want to extend the shelf life of their cosmetics, or experience that extra-refreshing feel that comes from keeping your serums and sprays cooled (a BIG yes for the summer months).
Beauty fridges aren’t as cold as the fridge in your kitchen, which means they’re better suited to your beauty products – plus their size means you can easily find a spot in your bedroom or bathroom for one so all your goodies are close at hand when you need them (and so your household members won’t steal your expensive serums and masks!).
According to skin expert Sarah Hudson, beauty fridges are “for skincare products like skin rollers, eye pads, ice globes, and some peptide sheet masks. They can be refrigerated prior to use to cool the skin and reduce inflammation”.
What are the best beauty fridges?
Want to know the best options on the market? We’ve got you covered.
The cult fave Beauty Fridge is available in three chic colours – aqua, blush and white – and with a 10 litre capacity, it’s the perfect size for stocking all your beauty bits and bobs that could benefit from a little refrigeration. It has side handles for portability, a car and household power adaptor, environmentally friendly and energy efficient thermoelectric power cooling and dual cooling and warming functions – with temperatures able to cool down to 3˚C or heat to 65˚C.
With a cute mini-fridge design in the prettiest shade of pink, this beauty fridge features a 10 litre capacity and can cool to 5˚C or heat to 65˚C. It has a built-in carry handle for beauty on the go, and has removable shelves inside so you can fit your products of all sizes and shapes. It’s a pretty affordable option if you’re interested in the idea of a beauty fridge but put off by the expense.
Available in white or rose gold, Vanity Planet’s beauty fridge has a clear window display so you can keep an eye on what you’ve stored inside. As it’s an American brand, you’ll need an adaptor to go with it (you can grab one at Amazon for $9.49), but it’s worth it for the chic and unique design.
What beauty products should be refrigerated?
You’d be surprised by how much of your beauty supplies can be refrigerated – meaning you will actually get good value out of a beauty fridge purchase.
According to Body+Soul beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak, what you put in your beauty fridge is “more a personal choice”. She recommends using them for “skincare like face mists, creams and even sheet masks. Tools like jade rollers are great stored in the fridge (in a clean plastic ziplock to keep them hygienic). I wouldn’t store any high tech tools in the fridge, though. Some people store makeup, perfume and nail polish, too”.
“I store my face mists in the fridge and whenever I’m feeling flustered or I have a flare up it just gives me that extra dose of ‘calm’,” Kelsey adds. “In summer, I like to keep body creams and sheet masks in the fridge too, to help take the edge off feeling hot. I also keep my face roller and ice globes in the fridge in clean pouches. “
Sarah agrees that plenty of skincare products work well refrigerated. “Sheet masks can be pre-cooled for additional cooling and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. This can be most effective when applying around the eye area to reduce skin puffiness. One I always recommend to my Skin By Sarah Hudson clients is the Society Eye Peptide Gel Mask,” she explains.
According to Adore Beauty, beauty fridges are also ideal for products with active ingredients (think vitamin C, retinol and benzoyl peroxide), ‘clean’ beauty products that are preservative-free and not as long-lasting (think natural brands like Raww), and any probiotics with live cultures (think edible beauty brands like The Beauty Chef).
Does makeup last longer in the fridge?
It depends on what makeup you’re talking about. Adore Beauty advises that popping products like eyeliner and lipliner in your fridge can extend their life and avoid them drying out too quickly.
“There’s some talk that by keeping products like nail polish in the fridge it can help to prolong their life – and keep the consistency nicer for longer,” Kelsey says. “So instead of having a polish that splits or goes thick and gluggy, it’ll be runny and smooth for longer.”
Are beauty fridges safe?
Beauty fridges are safe, but you can’t just chuck everything in there. While beauty fridges can extend the life of some products, for others it can do the opposite – even potentially separating molecules, according to Sarah.
“Before placing any products in the freezer or fridge for a prolonged period of time, it is important to check with the manufacturer to ensure the integrity of the skincare ingredients remain the same for the shelf-life of the product,” explains Sarah.
Sarah also notes that using a fridge that keeps products super cold isn’t ideal – which is why you should be careful about using regular fridges for your beauty goods, as they run much colder.
“If extremely cold, you may risk constricting the blood vessels and damaging the structure of your skin cells, creating a ‘superficial frostbite’. It sounds scary, but it can happen!” she says.
So, are beauty fridges worth it?
Like Kelsey said, it’s up to your personal preference. If you use a lot of active or natural ingredients in your skincare, then a beauty fridge could extend their life and increase their calming effects – especially in summer, when a cooling mist or face roller would be much appreciated by your overheated skin.
“The main benefit would be for those who have sensitive or inflamed skin – by keeping your skincare cool it can help to soothe irritated skin,” explains Kelsey.
So, it’s up to you – if you’re after a conveniently sized fridge that you can keep close at hand, that will keep your beauty products at a refreshing temperature without getting them mixed up with the food in your regular fridge, then they might just make for the perfect “treat yourself” purchase.
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