Do You *Really* Need A Skincare Fridge?

Spoiler alert: It's not exactly essential.


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I can’t give you an exact date or time, or even what age I was, but I do remember when I first heard of the concept of a skincare fridge. It was years ago, and teenage me felt torn in half. One half, the more sensible half perhaps, thought it was probably a bit unnecessary. The other half, the half that usually makes my purchasing decisions, thought ‘that’s CUTE’.

I never bought the skincare fridge, and now I’m here to tell you that it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t. If you’re considering it, I’m also here to tell you that it’s not exactly necessary.

Particularly lately, they seem to be everywhere on Instagram. But one person who isn’t here for the skincare fridge phenomenon is Paula’s Choice Skincare founder Paula Begoun. Speaking to Grazia, she revealed, “Keeping your skincare in a beauty fridge isn’t beneficial in the slightest.

“In fact, it’s terrible for the product as it has the reverse effect: compromising and eventually destroying the efficacy of the formula.”


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So basically, it makes certain products become thicker in consistency, and they won’t absorb as well into your skin.

But what about the products that do recommend refrigeration? The reasoning behind this is for the cooling effect, and products that will usually work to depuff the skin will work best when cold, think eye masks, de-puffing face tools and other sheet masks that work to the same effect. If you’re a fan of a facial mist, this could also work well in the fridge but that’s only down to it feeling fabulous.

Where should you store your regular skincare, I hear you cry? Don’t fret, because it’s probably best where you have it already.  It’s good to keep them away from damp areas and away from direct sunlight, so whether you have a special cabinet in your bathroom or you like to proudly display your cosmetics on your bedside locker, it’s all good.

So long story short, keep your fridge for your Pinot and your serums where they are.