5 Beauty Products That Are More Effective When Chilled

Because stashing your skincare in the fridge is really cool.

Refrigerated beauty products in Mini fridge on pink background.
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If you've ever wondered whether or not there's any legitimacy to the mini skincare fridges that are all the rage on social media, we're here to tell you that, yes, there is. To be fair, you definitely don't need a separate refrigerator for your beauty products (though it does make a great gift). And there's also not necessarily a pressing need to refrigerate products in general. That being said, there definitely are some major benefits to keeping your skincare stash—at least some of it—chilled.

Why? It's simple. "Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, which can decrease both puffiness and redness, and enhance the soothing sensation of products," explains Hadley King, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City. As a general rule of thumb, "any type of cream- or gel-based product can be kept in the fridge," says Marina Peredo, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City. On the flip side, avoid sticking anything oil-based in there. These types of products will solidify, which can both affect the potency and cause the formula to separate, she notes.

Here are five of the best products to house next to your coffee creamer and salad dressing.

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Eye Cream

Dr. Peredo says eye creams are one of the best products to keep cold. Chilling your eye cream can go a long way in helping combat puffy eyes, she explains. Pretty much any type of formula can go into the fridge (oh, and eye patches can, too), but if you really want to maximize the effects, seek out one that contains a metal rollerball applicator tip, adds Dr. King. Metal conducts cold well, so you'll get even more of those benefits, and the massaging motion from the rollerball helps to further push out the excess fluid that leads to puffiness.

One to try: First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($26; amazon.com).

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Face Roller

Again, a similar concept applies as the aforementioned eye cream—a chilled roller will work even better than one that's room temp. It's an ideal way to quickly depuff your entire face (we love using one after a late night out). And while Dr. Peredo says you shouldn't keep skincare products in the freezer, this type of tool is the exception to that rule.

Our recommendation: Keep Esarora Ice Roller ($19; amazon.com), an Amazon fan favorite, in your freezer at all times.

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Skin-Soothing Mask

"Any skincare product that claims to be soothing, cooling, or anti-inflammatory is going to be even more so when stored in a refrigerator," says Dr. King. And if you want to up the ante, look for soothing, gel-based formulas. These have a higher content of water than their cream counterparts and innately feel cooler and more refreshing, especially when they're kept in the fridge. Point being, a chilled, gel-based, soothing mask is a surefire way to calm and quell an irritated complexion, be it after a day of too much sun, some kind of reaction, or just generally stressed skin.

Our fave: SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque ($59; dermstore.com), which works especially well to calm skin after procedures such as microneedling or lasers.

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Post-Injection Arnica Treatment

Speaking of post-procedure, "you can also chill arnica to help with post-injection bruising," says Dr. Peredo. The herb is already meant to help combat bruises, but when it's chilled you get even more of those vasoconstricting benefits that can help with that and any potential swelling, too. It's why this is a choice option post-filler injections (which tend to elicit swelling), specifically.

Try: Boiron Arnicare Cream ($13; amazon.com).

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Vitamin C Serum

"Products that contain vitamin C can be chilled as well because it helps the ingredient stay stable for a longer amount of time," Dr. Peredo points out. The ingredient, which delivers antioxidant protection plus skin-brightening and collagen-boosting benefits, is notoriously unstable. Dr. King agrees, noting that keeping your vitamin C products in the fridge can help prolong their shelf life. (But regardless, if you notice any change in color, texture, or odor, throw it out, she adds.) Another caveat: Make sure the serum is water, not oil-based, per Dr. Peredo's previous note of caution. And with any vitamin C product, seeking out opaque, dark packaging—no matter where you're going to store the bottle—is a must, since light can also inactivate the ingredient.

One to try: Typology Radiance Serum 11% Vitamin C ($17; us.typology.com).

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