Do we really need a refrigerator for our skincare products? Well, the short answer is “No,” but there are some situations where having one could make the argument.
When is it helpful to put skincare products in the refrigerator? Only if you have any kind of itchy skin condition such as eczema or you just have a bug bite.
Previously, we talked about how important using a moisturizer is for any kind of dry, itchy skin condition. It helps to soothe the skin barrier and calm down those signals for it, but if you put your moisturizer in the refrigerator, get it chilled and then apply it – it is going to be even more effective in terms of its anti-itch effect.
What happens is the cold sensation can distract some of those nerves in the skin that release those itching signals.
So we recommend patients who have eczema to put some of their creams in the refrigerator and apply them to the skin while they’re cold.
However, you don’t need to store them in there. You can put them in there for a few hours and get them chill, but you don’t need to buy a little fridge for that.
In theory, storing skincare products in the fridge can extend the longevity of products, but you should understand what you are trying to achieve.
When we say extend the longevity of products, some products, especially those in the natural skincare market, they have a short shelf life because they don’t have a lot of preservatives in them. And without preservatives, hey you run the risk of bacterial contamination or fungal contamination.
Also, the product ingredients are more susceptible to degradation, and when ingredients degrade, they’re useless, and they can be irritating and problematic.
All skincare products have a little label on them that you should always look for and be mindful of. It’s like a little jar with a number in the letter “m.” The number is the number of months after opening the product for which it is good. You should always pay attention to that.
We like the idea of keeping a little calendar to keep tracking these things. If you do have a lot of skincare products that you’re trying out down, then keep a little calendar of when you open stuff, so you know when to get rid of it.
So, in theory, the refrigerator can extend the shelf life of products, but even then, you don’t really know for how much. You don’t know whether you can keep using this or that for another or week or another two weeks. It’s still a black box of unknown.
The other product that could be stored in the refrigerator, and it might be beneficial, is an eye cream. However, we should remind you that these creams are just another thing that people try and sell you on, and you really don’t need them because your moisturizer is enough.
But if you use eye creams, you may keep them in the refrigerator because if you apply them to the eyes while they’re chilled, they have a better evasion of constrictive ability so they can clamp down the little blood vessels around your eyes and help shift fluid out of that area and reduce puffiness. Plus, it feels nice
The other product that you certainly could consider and as often advised to store in the refrigerator is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is not a stable active ingredient. It’s very susceptible to degradation through light temperature changes.
But when it comes to your cleanser moisturizer or your sunscreen, you don’t need to keep the stuff in the fridge. It’s not a potato salad – if it’s not laden with mayonnaise, you don’t need to keep this stuff in the refrigerator.
By the way, mini-fridges require more energy that you’re going to have to pay for on your monthly utility, so you should consider if they are really worth it.