You read a lot of tips in the summer about stashing beauty products in the fridge to make their application more refreshing. I admit I kept my eye cream in the fridge for about a week, but having to remember it was there, remember to use it, and keep answering the question "what is this" from my husband. Not to mention, it's crowded in there! So if I were to be totally decadent, I would have a little mini-fridge in the bathroom.
But you might ask, why? Why keep products in the fridge? Ironically, the temperature in the bathroom is actually bad for most products. When they're exposed to extreme heat or humidity for a long time, their appearance and formula can actually change. Just like how some medicines need to be kept cool, beauty products can actually work better if they're kept chilled too...or at least out of the humidity of the bathroom.
Here are some products worth keeping in the fridge (the big one in the kitchen or your decadent mini-fridge in the bathroom).
- Eye Cream: First and foremost, applying chilled eye cream feels good. The chill also helps combat puffiness (a little bit, I found, don't expect a miracle). Also, keeping face products in the fridge, ie - a cool, dark place, prevents the heat from changing the formula.
- Nail Polish: I've always read the best place for polish is in the fridge. Turns out, it's true. According to Michelle Phan's blog, high temps can activate the formula's solvents giving polish that thick, melted consistency. Store it in the fridge to extend shelf life and keep the lacquer smooth and easy to apply.
- Moisturizer: Similar to eye cream, it just feels good to apply it cool. Self Magazine says makeup and moisturizers are "particularly prone to oxidation reactions since that contain oils that can turn rancid." Keeping them in the fridge slows down the oxidation process.
- Sunscreen: Some things I've read said keeping sunscreen in the fridge could separate the formula, but I think it'll help keep you cooler longer when you go outside. If nothing else, stash that bottle in the cooler at the beach.
Do you keep any beauty products in the fridge?