From science-backed retinols to face oils that share ingredients with your green juice, should we be keeping our beauty products in the fridge rather than the bathroom? Whether to increase shelf-life or improve results, read on to discover the beauty buys you should be keeping in the kitchen…
Applying chilled eye creams to weary peepers will constrict blood vessels and help decrease puffiness. Bonus points if your eye cream has a metal applicator – when cooled, this will enhance the treatment and reduce the flow of fluid into the soft tissue around the eye.
As Insta-worthy as your fragrances are on your windowsill or dresser, constant exposure to excessive light and heat will wreak havoc with your favourite scent as it will break down the delicate balance of chemicals. Refrigerating your fragrance can make it last longer, especially during the warmer summer months.
Avoid gloopy nail polish by stashing your favourites in the fridge – pigments will remain suspended in the formula thanks to cool temperatures, preserving the life of your polish and stopping it from thickening.
Retinols & Vitamin C
Certain ingredients are prone to altering their chemical structure as a result of the temperature changes of steamy bathrooms or sun-drenched windowsills: retinols, vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide (acne treatments) should be kept in the fridge where temperatures are stable.
Keeping certain face masks cool will work wonders to constrict capillaries and thus soothe and refresh sensitive skin that is prone to redness. If your fridge is on the smaller side, fear not, as masks only need to be chilled an hour before use for maximum benefits.
Since organic and natural products don’t contain preservatives, parabens or sulphates to boost longevity, they are best kept in the fridge to extend their shelf life and stop bacteria from blooming.
To achieve a more precise feline flick with your eyeliner, make like the pros and pop your liner in the fridge (or freezer if you’re in a rush) for five to ten minutes before sharpening. The result? A flawless, even application.