It’s official, 2019 is the year that storage solutions became next-level stylish. Popularised by Instagram, of course, aesthetically pleasing storage is also part and parcel of the Marie Kondo effect. Today everything has their place, and a pretty place at that.
So, in addition to your elegantly organised shelf showcasing your skincare, and your oh-so-photogenic make-up display table, comes the beauty fridge – a.k.a. the space to store your stash that likes to stay chill.
Naturally, you could (and may already) store certain products in your main fridge. But then that’s probably not going to trend on Twitter, is it? Enter the dedicated company for the mini fridge solely designed for beauty: ‘Makeup Fridge’ – which comes with the excellent tagline ‘face mask and chill’. You can also shop them on Minifridge.co.uk as well as the likes of trusty Argos and Amazon, if you want in on the trend.
But what should you store in your beauty fridge? Not just what looks good on the ‘gram, actually. There’s a method to this no-so madness:
If you use tools made of jade of rose quartz, such as a facial roller or gua sha, while cooling anyway, you might as well keep them extra cold.
When used for facial massage the cool, smooth surface helps encourage lymph drainage (therefore reducing puffiness) and brighten the complexion by boosting the circulation and blood flow beneath the skin granting a visible glow.
Stretch sheet masks (superior to tissue masks) kept in the fridge make for the ultimate hangover cure. Refreshing, tightening and brightening – not to mention hydrating, of course – it’s an easy way to enhance their benefits.
Definitely do the same with your eye mask patches, making them ultra-cooling and de-puffing.
Not a must, but keeping your day creams (for face and eyes) in the fridge will increase their effectiveness at reducing puffiness, firming and temporarily reducing the appearance of pores.
While we spritz facial mists for various reasons – from setting make-up to granting an instant glow – there’s no doubt that keeping them cool will make them feel more refreshing, which is especially lovely in summer.
Probiotic and preservative-free skincare
Live probiotic skincare (such as that by brand Mother Dirt) must be refrigerated to extend the life of the bacteria. In addition, most all-natural beauty products without preservatives like parabens, would benefit from keeping cool, given that they have a shorter shelf life. For example, Lush recommends its fresh face masks are kept in the fridge, and only left out for no longer than four hours.
While the jury is out on keeping fragrance in the fridge (experts have differing opinions), it’s widely considered the best place for nail polish.
Why? It will maintain the stability of the formula, preventing it separating and going all gloopy.
This story first appeared on ELLE UK.