There’s only one thing we love around here more than skincare products, and that’s skincare gadgets. From jade rollers to gua sha, there’s just nothing like a fun skincare tool to make your skin look its best—but are they all worth it?
Let’s talk about the skincare fridge. What is it for? How is it different from a regular fridge? And most importantly– do you really need it? We set out to answer those questions in this article. Read on to find out whether we think they’re hot, or if you need to give them the cold shoulder.
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Main Takeaways: A skincare fridge is a great way to extend the life of some of your skincare and make-up products.
Good to Know: Skincare fridges range from about $30 to about $750 and can be easily found online or in stores.
What Is a Skincare Fridge and Why Would I Need One?
Even if you’re a skincare aficionado, it’s possible that you’ve never heard of a skincare fridge. Believe it or not, it’s pretty much what it sounds like — a cute little fridge that you can keep in your bedroom or bathroom to store your cosmetics and skin care. Ranging in price from about $30 to about $150 (some go as high as about $750), they’re small enough to sit on your bedside table or dresser and are used to keep your makeup and skincare the right amount of cool.
The main idea of a skincare fridge is that it will keep your skincare products just cold enough to help them last a big longer. Although it won’t extend their shelf life forever, it will help some ingredients last a bit longer. If you live in a climate that’s hot and/or humid, the skincare fridge is a great option for you.
Your kitchen fridge is generally set at a much lower temperature than a skincare fridge, which can cause your products to get a little too cold. Try a skincare fridge once, and you’ll never put your skincare products — or your skincare tools — anywhere else. We highly recommend storing products that are more likely to oxidize due to heat and humidity, such as your Vitamin C serum - in a skincare fridge to prolong its shelf life.
How Is a Skincare Fridge Different From a Regular Fridge?
If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “OK, but how is a skincare fridge different from a regular fridge?” Why wouldn’t I just put my skincare in my regular fridge? Well, aside from the fact that it’s a lot smaller, a skincare fridge is actually not quite as cold as your regular fridge. This is important because a regular fridge can actually keep your skincare products so cold that they can make them hard to use — to the point where you have to wait a while for them to warm up.
What Types of Skin Care Products Would You Put in a Skincare Fridge?
Almost any kind of skincare product can be stored in a skincare fridge. You can put everything from your cleanser to your toner or moisturizer in there, especially in the summer months. Products with vitamin C, or high concentrations of essential oils or botanical extracts, benefit from the cool darkness of a skincare fridge, as they can easily become oxidized in warm temps or in direct sunlight.
Skin Care Fridge Roundup
With all the skin care fridges on the market, it can be hard to decide which one to get. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Koolatron: KRT04-P Retro Personal Cooler
We just love the look of this lightweight, portable skin care fridge. And at just under $50, it’s not a bad price!
2. LVARA: Smart Mini Skincare Fridge
If you’d prefer something that looks more like a garage freezer, this is a great choice. We especially love that it helps you keep track of expired products and has a mirror on the inside!
3. Chefman: Portable Mirrored Beauty Fridge
If you’d prefer something with a makeup mirror, this very affordable fridge is a great option. We love that it also doubles as a heater in case you ever need to warm up skincare products!
4. FaceTory: Portable Mint Beauty Fridge
With adjustable shelving, this adorable skin care fridge is perfect for those who switch out beauty products a lot. And of course, we love the color!
5. Vanity Planet: Fria All Skincare Fridge
It’s a bit of a splurge, but we love that you can see all your skincare products in one place with this skin care fridge.
So that’s the lowdown on skin care fridges and what they actually do. We have a feeling if you try one, you’ll never be able to go back to room temperature skincare again!
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