Do You Really Need a ‘Beauty Fridge’? Here’s What Experts Say

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Mini fridge for your skincare products: Totally worth it, or completely unnecessary? Dermatologists weigh in on the trend.

Anyone who follows a lot of beauty accounts on Instagram is probably familiar with the #minifridgeshelfie: an adorably tiny fridge curated with ‘gram-worthy skincare essentials. It’s probably millennial pink, and chances are it contains some candy-colored Drunk Elephant bottles, a sheet mask or two, and an artfully posed jade roller. If, like me, you spend way too much time and money thinking about skincare, a mini fridge devoted to your most precious serums and creams is the ultimate luxury.

But do you actually need one? The short answer: Probably not. Keeping skincare cold “is not really necessary,” says Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist. “There is no difference in the actual properties and benefits.”

But if you tend to use formulas with a shorter shelf life (more on that later), enjoy the feeling of something cold on your face (who doesn’t?), and, crucially, have extra space in your bathroom, a mini fridge devoted to skincare might be worth having.


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