Refrigerators keep our food fresh, but could the same be said for our beauty products? There are a plethora of reasons to store our precious cargo in cooler space. The most common are when warmer temps, brought on by indoor heat during the winter or lack of air conditioning in the summer, cause hair and makeup formulas to break down.
Leaving our mascara next to our milk definitely takes some getting used to, but the pros far outweigh the cons. And since we’re in the dead of winter and your heat is likely on blast, you’ve probably already contemplated making room on your refrigerator shelves. Ahead, several pros share everything you should know about keeping your beauty products cool year-round.
Let’s start with the good stuff. According to Julie Fredrickson, CEO and Founder of Stowaway Cosmetics, keeping makeup in a cool, dry place without excessive sunlight is a great way to prevent product breakdown; especially cream or water-based ones.
“I’ve been known to store BB cream, concealer, and lipsticks in my fridge,” she says. “If you have an oil-based product though, be careful as coconut oil will go solid on you. Stowaway’s Creaseless Concealer has coconut oil in it and if I keep it in the fridge too long, it takes extra warm up time in my hands to spread evenly.”
Fredrickson also adds that you should be careful about taking things in and out of the fridge a lot, since constant changes in temperature can be rough on formulation. With that being said, the refrigerator is best for products that don’t get a ton of use.
If you’re using natural skin care products, the benefits are even greater. According to Tina Hedges, founder of LOLI Beauty, preservative-free finds kept in a fridge can better ward off bacteria and prolong shelf life.
“With LOLI, we are waterless (we never use plain water as an ingredient) and for our toners or floral waters, we add organic grape alcohol — moonshine! — that’s ingestible,” she says. “Even so, it’s definitely a wise decision to place hydrosols or floral waters in the refrigerator if you want to keep them for more than 3 months, which we don’t advise as products should be fresh like food.”
To that same-point, do-it-yourself products, like face masks made with food ingredients, should always be refrigerated and discarded after three to five days. Hedges says, “Our rule of thumb is ‘would you eat or drink a smoothie you made a week ago, even if you kept it refrigerated?’”
“Fruits oxidize when exposed to oxygen, and yogurt or other fermented products like kombucha turn rancid once they are exposed to air and heat. If a non-natural skincare product with tons of preservatives are left in the heat, chances are nothing will happen — but that is still not a guarantee since the product may have been previously contaminated with the consumer dripping dirty or wet fingers into the lotion.”
Overall, heat will change the structure and composition of ingredients, so it would be wise to start moving some things into your refrigerator. Ahead are more ways to keep your go-to products in tip-top shape.