What skincare products should not be refrigerated?

Skincare and cosmetic products organized in a clear holder on a refrigerator shelf, alongside fresh produce, suggesting a trend in cool storage for beauty items

While storing certain skincare products in the refrigerator can help prolong their shelf life or improve their application, there are certain products that should generally not be refrigerated:

  1. Oils and Oil-based Serums: Cold temperatures can cause these products to solidify or become cloudy. While it doesn’t necessarily harm the product, it can change its texture and make it more difficult to use.
  2. Retinoids: Most retinoid formulations are best stored at room temperature, as refrigeration may cause the active ingredients to separate or destabilize.
  3. Clay Masks: Refrigeration can cause clay masks to harden, making them difficult to apply.
  4. Creams and Lotions with Thick Consistency: Some thick creams and lotions may become too hard in cold temperatures and might not spread easily on the skin.
  5. Wax-Based Products: Products like lip balms or wax-based salves can become extremely hard and difficult to apply when stored in the fridge.
  6. Makeup: Most makeup, like foundations, mascaras, and lipsticks, are formulated to be stable at room temperature. Refrigeration may alter their texture and application.
  7. Fragrances: Perfumes and fragrances should be stored in cool, dark places, but refrigeration can sometimes alter the scent.
  8. Probiotic Skincare: While it may seem counterintuitive, some probiotic skincare products have strains that can become inactive if stored at too low a temperature.
  9. Certain Acne Treatments: Some acne treatments, especially those containing benzoyl peroxide, can crystallize and lose efficacy when refrigerated.
  10. Nail Polishes: Refrigeration can cause the formula to thicken and separate.

It’s always a good idea to read the product’s label and storage instructions, as some products may have specific recommendations regarding storage. If there’s ever any doubt, consulting with the manufacturer or a skincare professional can be helpful.


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