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Refrigerating Skincare: Is That Right?

Learn If You Need To Refrigerate Skincare 

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Recently, Instagram has been flooded with the notion that refrigerating skincare is essential. Because of this trend, we have received countless queries about whether it’s best to cool your products or not. After consulting with some expert product formulators on this topic, here are our insights!

Bear in mind that skincare items can be intricate, so the below is merely a useful guide. Your specific product’s maintenance will vary according to its formulation, thus this advice may not necessarily apply universally.

You Don’t Need To Refrigerate. That’s Why:

Prior to releasing any product, businesses must go through a rigorous testing process in order for the formula to remain stable during refrigeration. This can involve exposing it to harsh UV light and different humidity levels, and temperature shifts, as well as leaving it out of open air. By doing this, companies ensure that their products are of top quality before hitting the market.

Comprehensive evaluations demonstrate that this formula is safe and dependable in any condition. The majority of skincare products are designed to be kept at room temperature (like how most purchasers store their inventory) without complications. 

Unless a brand indicates otherwise, keeping skincare items in the refrigerator isn’t needed and could even alter the consistency or formulation.

You Can Refrigerate Some Products

Yet, there are some formulas that prefer a more frigid environment:

  • Vitamin C is an active ingredient and should be stored in the refrigerator to maintain its potency. Additionally, it is vital to take precautionary measures by keeping away from UV light!
  • Step up your skincare game with individually packaged ampoules! An ampoule is a concentrated treatment that packs a powerful punch of active ingredients. Small and sealed, these packages protect the potency of their contents to ensure maximum efficacy. Though some brands may recommend refrigeration, always seek advice from professionals first before undertaking any new regimen.
  • Ahead of the summer heat waves, keep water-based products such as hydrating toners, essences, aloe gel, and sheet masks in your refrigerator for a cool and invigorating touch. Not only will this feel amazing on the skin during those hot temperatures, but it may additionally extend the life of these items!
  • Keep natural extract-containing items cool, much like you would do with certain fruits. You’ll generally find this information printed on the packaging of these products when they’re purchased.

Made To Work Anyway

Most of your skincare products are designed to perform optimally at room temperature and should be stored as such unless otherwise specified by the product’s manufacturer.

Products That Can’t Be Refrigerated

  • Sunscreen and silicone-based products have been demonstrated to be more stable when stored at room temperature. However, if it gets too cold, these formulas can become hardened in the refrigerator or even separate within their container.
  • Creams with a large amount of oil or wax tend to solidify in colder weather, depending on the type of oils and waxes used as well as the formulation techniques.
  • Products that have an atypical texture, such as jam, jelly, memory foam, or whipped cream-like consistency, such as the Green Tea Cloud Foam Cleanser from 100% PURE, are more likely to be affected by fluctuations in temperature.

Keeping your skincare products in the refrigerator may partially help prolong their shelf life, as well as sustain a few of their active components. However, it is important to note that these items are typically made with room temperature storage at top of mind. Consequently, there’s no need to overthink your approach when it comes to this complicated aspect of skincare; just avoid storing them in extreme temperatures, and you’ll be golden!

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