Beauty products living next to your produce? Possibly, but not quite. There’s something to the movie scenario of stuffing bodies in the fridge to preserve them for later. Without sounding like a total weirdo: just like preserving the human body, there’s something to be said for preserving the ingredients of our skincare and other delicate beauty products in a cooler environment. Meet my beauty fridge concept: to my former roommates across the years’ feelings of dismay, I’ve been storing some of my pricy nail polish in the fridge since college. That has since graduated to much more, including the following types of beauty products listed in this post, along with the why.
WHY IN THE F, Mandy?
If this sounds utterly extra and ridiculous, I hear ya. I’ve only graduated to this level of insanity (or genius) since last year when I moved out of the city and in with my brother as I prepped to move to New York. San Francisco is naturally a cool climate, so adding in beauty products on top of nail polish wasn’t too necessary. East Bay is hot as hell (especially when my brother refuses to use A/C), and New York summers proved to be as hellish as every New Yorker describes, so into the fridge it all went. Carrie Bradshaw might have stored sweaters in her stove, but this New York single girl took it to the next level. I know my expensive products can comment on how happy a life they live now: literally chillin’ in my fridge.
If you’re not on this yet, your skin needs you to be! The cooling effects of sheet masks help with inflammation/puffiness (think mornings when you’re exhausted). I pop on a pair of my go-to eye patches while I make coffee and breakfast to start the day right. I use my ultra hydrating sheet mask at night to combat the hot summer days here.
Vitamin C products, or any that contain acidic properties really, belong in a cooler environment away from the sun. This also goes for hyaluronic acid serums or masks. Their potency just lasts longer as a result! This especially goes for any products that are organic, as they don’t have the preservatives needed to last longer once the bottle is opened. I also always keep my eye creams in my beauty fridge for the reasons above in the mask section. It’s such a fabulous feeling taking off makeup from a long sweaty day to apply under my eyes as a way to relax.
My gold metal facial massager is always kept in the freezer. It helps with inflammation, and when coupled with a cold sheet mask…HACK OF LIFE. My face appears more contoured as a result! I also store my Clarisonic massager head in the freezer for the same reason.
There is nothing more refreshing than spritzing on some rose water or my go-to setting spray when it’s chilled. You should always keep your sprays in the fridge to help with the heat and inflammation. It helps to cool down the skin and leaves you looking more refreshed than a room temperature spritz.
The Beauty Fridge Hack
I opted for a smaller fridge for my skincare (hello tiny NYC apartment fridges!) and it’s been a chic game-changer. While my nail polish lives in the top door shelves of my main fridge, I wanted a separate home for my beauty products. This is also a fabulous hack for those of you that live with roommates or a significant other who isn’t keen on the idea! Mine is stored in my kitchen next to the bathroom for easy access while getting ready.
My Chilled Beauty Products
Facial Massager, Amazon
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Glow Recipe
24K Gold Pure Luxury Life & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches, Peter Thomas Roth
RNA Power Eye Cream, SK-II
A Defiance Eye Serum, Serious Skincare
Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer, c/o Dr. Dennis Gross
Sheet Masks (assorted), Sephora
Chill All-Nighter Setting Spray, c/o Urban Decay
Mini USB/DC Fridge, Amazon