Head’s up, milk! There’s a new kid chillin’ in our mini fridge, and it’s…a beauty product? You’d be surprised at how many girls have put tea bags, spoons, and masks on ice to apply them to tired, swollen, bloodshot eyes. Refrigerated treatments work because they constrict the blood vessels, which in turn soothes the skin and reduces puffiness—the kind caused by a sleepless night.
But that’s not all you should keep chilled! Read on for the complete grocery list.
CHILL IT: ANTI-AGING CREAM
What’s the idea behind storing your creams, balms, salves, and serums in the fridge? To help them last longer. Since we live in the tropics, abrupt changes in heat and humidity can quickly destabilize active ingredients like retinol, ceramides, peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants. Translation: your age-fighting potion expires before it should! The cold also helps improve the consistency of denser creams like The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream, which tend to go runny in the heat of summer.
CHILL IT: EVERY KIND OF MOISTURIZER
Applying a chilled moisturizer to your face or cucumber-cool lotion to your limbs is a ritual that relaxes like no other. And here’s an added benefit for the AM: moisturizing with a cold product will de-puff a swollen face. You know, the one you get from guzzling last night’s vino? Gel formulas—like Laneige’s Water Bank Gel Cream and Clarins’ Energizing Emulsions for Tired Legs—work especially well post-refrigeration.
CHILL IT: MIST & TONER
It’s summer, it’s sweltering hot, and you’re all sweaty. The last thing you want is to slather on a thick and oily substance. Your best bet: a watery toner or hydrating mist. These babies moisturize your skin without the goop and refresh your face without the fuss. Now imagine them cold? ‘Nuff said.
CHILL IT: ANYTHING ALOE
Sunburned? We’re sure your mother taught you all the benefits of aloe. But you should know: chucking The Coolmaker into the fridge multiplies its healing effects! If your salve of choice is natural or organic, like this Pure Aloe Vera Gel, even better. All-natural products contain no preservatives, so refrigerating them immediately after opening prolongs their shelf life.
CHILL IT: EYE CREAM
Obviously, eye treatments should be refrigerated, for all the reasons mentioned in our intro. But some formulas lend themselves more easily to the cold than others. Specifically, the ones that aim to de-puff the delicate eye area with cooling ingredients (like—you guessed it—aloe). A plus? Metal-tip applicators that cool and massage the skin, like Dr. Babor’s Ultimate Perfecting Eye Cream. Brrr-illiant.
LEAVE IT OUT: MAKEUP
While many women like to place their liquid makeup formulas in the fridge, the colder temperature can actually change texture and consistency. This in turn changes the look and feel of your makeup upon application—and under the circumstances, that’s not a good thing. The exception: you may refrigerate your lip balm, which will hold its shape no matter what.
NEUTRAL TERRITORY: PERFUME
Perfume should always be stored in a cool, dry place, since exposure to light and heat can change its chemical composition. But some experts believe that scents actually lose their fragrance when stored in the fridge. Since it does take quite a while before your perfume expires, you may store it at room temperature, steering clear of direct sunlight, extreme heat, and very humid areas.
NEUTRAL TERRITORY: NAIL POLISH
A wild guess: your nail technician told you to keep your nail polish in the fridge to prolong its shelf life. Au contraire! Chilling your bottles can affect the consistency of the paint within, changing viscosity and even separating the oil from the liquid. On the other hand, separation is easily remedied by shaking the bottle and letting the polish to return to room temp. Store it in the fridge or leave it out? It’s up to you.