To Fridge Or Not To Fridge?

By Minji

  • Skincare products chilled right are like a perfectly chilled glass of wine
  • The key is to set your cosmetics fridge temperature at ~55 °F, be wary of loud and bulky fridges 
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I had been wondering about this Korean trend of keeping your core skincare products in a cosmetics refrigerator for a while.  Like many other skincare topics, there was too much conflicting information out there to really know whether it would be worth it or not.  The only way to know for sure would be to take the plunge and try it myself.  I’ve had one for a few months now and my conclusion is, it’s pretty amazing… if you do it right.

My skincare products chilled at the right temperature feel so refreshing and healthier on my skin.  So much better than how they felt just sitting on my bathroom shelves.  I dare say it’s comparable to the difference of drinking a well-chilled glass of wine versus just drinking from a bottle that’s been sitting out.  Like wine though, there’s a right temperature which is around 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average temperature for a regular fridge is around 40, so way too cold.  Not only could this temperature result in your products not feeling right, but it could also impede functional performance and texture, which defeats the purpose.  This is why you see some people saying that refrigerating skincare products is a nay.  However, when done right, it can really take your experience to the next level. 

Other opponents of the skincare fridge say most skincare products were made with the assumption that people wouldn’t store them in a fridge so there’s no need.  Sure, that’s why there are so many unfortunate preservatives and chemicals in skincare today.  Having said that, if you store them at a cooler temperature, you can make sure you’re keeping your products as fresh as possible and having the best experience applying them too. 

Going back to wine - wine can also be kept at room temperature, but the difference between a drink chilled to perfection and one at room temperature is huge, right?  Once you try the fridge, I dare say you’ll feel the same way about your skincare products. 

There are a few things you should look out for when buying a cosmetics fridge.  First, the most important thing is to make sure you’re getting one that has a temperature set function.  You want to be able to set it at the ideal temperature.  I’ve heard people say you can just use a mini cooler, but I learned by my own mistakes that this doesn’t work.  They are too cold and you can’t adjust the temperature. 

Second, make sure it doesn’t make a crazy amount of noise.  Again, I learned my lesson through trial and error, but some of these mini fridges are LOUD.  I know it’s hard to figure this out when you haven’t tried them, so if you’re buying online, make sure they either say noise free or you can easily return.  The one I ended up buying does make some noise, but I got used to keeping my bathroom door shut and made it work. 

Lastly, make sure you like the shape and look of it, and also that it can fit in a nice place in your bathroom.  I know some friends back in Seoul who keep their skincare products in a wine fridge, which could work too.  I’ve been with my cosmetics fridge for months now and I cannot imagine going back, just like I would never drink a glass of warm wine.  Make sure you join our newsletter so you never miss a skincare tip and other exclusive content - be in the know and spark a glow!