Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Most people have heard that old recommendation to keep your lipstick in the fridge, but there is research to show that there are many skincare products that may be better kept in the fridge as well. Not all of your favorite skincare or beauty products should be kept cold, but several will benefit from extended shelf life, slower breakdowns of the active ingredients, and better protection for the quality of your skin care.
Storing skincare serums
A serum is likely to have many active ingredients, often including vitamin C, which are quite sensitive to light exposure and can become oxidized easily when exposed to the air. To avoid this they can be stored in the fridge where it remains dark and cool, protecting their effectiveness.
Storing eye creams and facial masks
Products that are intended to soothe, ease swelling and puffiness, or calm redness and irritation can work even better when they are stored in the fridge. The cool temperature that accompanies application of these will help reduce any swelling or irritation.
These types of products include eye creams, especially those for bags under the eyes, and a facial mist that is intended to help cool and soothe the skin. A facial mask stored in the fridge will also find an increase to its ability to depuff when it is applied directly from the fridge. Sunscreen is both protected from environmental factors and offers an extra layer of refreshment when applied cool.
Storing natural and organic skincare products
As the popularity of natural and organic options grows, it is important to note that many of these skincare products will not have the same preservatives as others. This shortens their life span and makes them more susceptible to the heat, where they will lose effectiveness and potency. Storing them in the fridge can keep them fresh longer and ensure you get the most out of your investment.
While some skincare items may benefit from the additional shelf life of maintaining a colder temperature, there are others that simply feel better or go on smoother when they are kept cool. When out in the fresh air on a hot day it may be soothing to apply a cool aloe vera gel or to add that next layer of sunscreen while it is still chilled from the fridge, relieving the heat felt on the skin.
Eye creams and other day and night creams may find that they are faster at reducing puffiness and any swelling when they are chilled, working not only as they are intended, but also similar to a cool mist or compress being applied. This can help increase your comfort throughout the day while also ensuring that your skincare products remain effective for as long as possible.
Chilling them in the fridge can slow the natural breakdown of the ingredients and the preservatives, making them last longer and retain their effectiveness.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.