We refrigerate our food without thinking – doing so keeps it fresher longer. But the same could be said for many of our favorite beauty products. Is your fridge full of melons and no mascara? You may want to start rethinking that ratio…
Create a more precise line along the eyes by placing your eye pencil in the ice box for 20 minutes before use. That way, it can be sharpened to a precision tip, says Petra Strand, founder of Pixi by Petra.
Bonnie Ndoci, an esthetician and owner of Facials by Bonnie tells all of her patients to keep their eye creams in the refrigerator. Doing so enhances the potency and effectiveness of the creams that we invest in. Cold temperature, like a compress, will typically aid in reducing puffiness, but this is a two birds, one stone approach with just a small switch in your daily routine. It definitely comes in handy after a late night!
Always remember: Cold constricts, heat expands. Apply that rule to beauty product and we can see the added benefit when chilled!
Many of us get into the habit of keeping our perfume on our bathroom vanity – putting it in direct contact with the steam, heat, and humidity from our shower and heat tools! Air, heat and light are all not friends of perfume. If you store the perfume in the fridge, you’ll protect the scent for much longer!
Anything with Vitamin C:
If any of your products contain Vitamin C, refrigerate them. Bluemercury CEO Marla Malcolm Beck says Vitamin C targets dull skin to create a radiant complexion, promoting skin elasticity and protecting the skin from environmental stressors. Refrigerating this type of treatment serum, such as M-61 Vitablast C, will keep the vitamins from breaking down or oxygenizing which would potentially change the formula.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with thick, melted nail polish knows how dangerous heat can be to the product’s properties. Keeping your favorite shade in the fridge will keep your polish fresh and easy to apply for much longer!
Anyone who has red skin (erythema or rosacea) should chill all moisturizers – both day and night, including SPF (even those with Titanium Dioxide), says Scott-Vincent Borba. Doing so will help calm the skin instantly when applied. It’s like having a cold compress on the skin.
Put your toner in the fridge for a refreshing skin treat, especially in the summer. This precious jolt of a chill will awaken the senses, tighten pores, and refresh makeup, says Allison Tray of Tres Belle Spa in Brooklyn, New York.
For an extra cooling and soothing effect, put masks in the refrigerator one hour prior to use, says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau.
Over time, heat is going to cause that lipstick to break down and melt. If you have a very favorite shade you want to stock up on, keeping it chilled is the best possible way to make sure it goes the distance.