If you're keen to see the effects of a skincare fridge, you're in the right place. To help you on your quest for cooling compartments for your serums and face masks, we've put together a short guide to explain what a skincare fridge is, what it does, and why you need one!
Whether you're on the lookout for a mini fridge for your makeup, or something to keep your cosmetics organised, we've ranked ten of the best and most popular skincare fridges that you've probably already seen all over Instagram. So read on for our top picks available to buy in the UK on Amazon, ASOS and eBay.
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If you're not quite sure about the logic behind this new skincare craze, get ready to hear some scientific backup to prove just how useful these fabulous storage solutions can be! Skincare products unusually contain a lot of preservatives to ensure a long lifetime, which is why most products last between 6-12 months.
However, research has shown that skincare formulas that use probiotics should be kept in the fridge to avoid the growth of unwanted bacteria, much like the fresh face masks from LUSH. Keeping your products in a warm, steamy bathroom can affect their look, feel, and smell, causing them to lose efficacy quickly.
In addition to these hygienic benefits, applying cool products to your skin can help to soothe inflamed patches and reduce puffiness, which is why you should definitely keep your favourite face mist in your fridge.
When shopping for a skincare fridge, it's likely that you'll find more than a few options. To help you make a balanced decision, we'll arm you with all of the facts and figures you need to know before buying your very own skincare fridge!
Different storage solutions that will suit you better than others, depending on what type of products you like. Of course, you'll need to have enough space in your fridge for all of your favourite serums, sprays, and face masks.
For example, sheet masks are best stored in the side panel on the inside of the fridge door. It keeps them out of the way and leaves the shelves free for taller, wider products like tubs of moisturiser.
If you only want to use your fridge for 4 - 6 skincare items, you'll likely only need one shelf. That said, two shelves allow you to store three tiers of glamorous facial pick-me-ups, so you'll never have to put on boring room temperature eye cream ever again!
The kitchen fridge is no place for beauty products! After all, you don't want to store your favourite moisturiser next to the leftovers of last night's dinner. One of the many benefits of buying a skincare fridge is not only that you have a designated space for your products, but you can control the temperature to make sure it's just right.
Your kitchen fridge should be around 4ºC or less, whereas your skincare fridge can be anywhere between 7ºC and 10ºC to have the best effect. Having access to a wide thermometer scale allows you to keep your products at an ideal temperature throughout both summer and winter.
Many fridges come with a switch to change from hot to cold, offering the convenience of low maintenance temperature control. These often have a minimum temperature between 18ºC to 22ºC below room temperature, which is enough to keep your skincare products cool.
The most important thing is that your fridge comes equipped with an AC adaptor so you won't have to buy one separately. An AC adaptor can be plugged into the mains outlet in your home. For that reason, the voltage should range between 220V to 240V to ensure it's suitable for UK households.
A DC adaptor, on the other hand, can be plugged into the electrical socket in your car. While a DC adaptor is super helpful in some cases, try to think about where you will be keeping your fridge for the majority of the time.
If you are planning a long haul car journey and want your cosmetics to stay cool for the duration, a DC adapter is probably a good idea. However, it's likely not important enough to be a deal-breaker for most.
Usually, the capacity of a skincare fridge will range from 4 -14 litres. The size that you should choose will depend on how many skincare products you want to store. For example, if you were to think of the volume of your fridge in terms of 330 ml cans, a 4-litre fridge could fit 6 cans, whereas a 14 litre fridge is likely to be able to fit around 20 cans.
This just goes to show how efficiently you can use the space inside your new fridge, packing it full of pots of cream, tubes of serum, and bottles of lotion. So, unless you have an impressively well-stocked skincare collection, any fridge with between 4 litres and 8 litres of space would be enough.
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This is an excellent fridge for storing your skincare essentials. It comes at an affordable price with plenty of benefits, such as a wide side panel, an easy-to-open door and a carry handle. Best of all, it reaches 20ºC below the room temperature, which is perfect for all-year-round cooling.
Not to mention that it has both AC and DC adaptors included, so you can take your cosmetics with you on the go, without worrying about them warming up on road trips. Add to that the fact that the clean, minimalistic white makes this fridge adaptable to any bedroom or bathroom, what's not to love?
This cute pink fridge is a must-have for any skincare lover who not only wants to keep their products cool, but appreciates a bit of retro style. In addition to the pink version, there are three other colours available for you to choose from too!
What's really convenient about this range of mini skincare fridges is the USB power slot. This means that they can be charged via USB from a battery pack or a laptop when on the go.
This bright blue mini fridge can store up to 10 litres inside, with convenient side handles to ensure safe, spill-free portability. It has a thermometer, which you can use to achieve your desired temperature between 3ºC and 65ºC, although you shouldn't need to use anything above 10ºC.
It stands just over 30cm in height, so it can fit on most shelves, under tables, and pretty much slot anywhere in your home. This also makes it great for travelling as it won't take up much space on your hotel room dressing table.
Looking like something straight from your Pinterest board, this dreamy skincare fridge is one of the best gift ideas you could have for any beauty enthusiast. With rose gold accents, it's clear as to why it's currently trending online.
To give your Sunday night self-care ritual a refreshing upgrade on a budget, you should look no further! From jade rollers to Korean sheet masks, you can store all of your cosmetic faves in this 4-litre fridge.
With this fridge, you can cool your skincare products down to 0ºC. Once turned on, it cools down very quickly and, thanks to its improved insulation, it'll stay cool for hours after being unplugged.
For efficiency and reliability at an affordable price, this baby blue mini fridge certainly does the trick! It's a great starter fridge if you don't need an abundance of space for bottles and pots. Plus, it doubles as a desk-top food warmer if you realise a skincare fridge isn't for you.
Despite its impressive 8 litre volume, this fridge is surprisingly convenient when it comes to saving space. In fact, the compact size will fit comfortably in your bathroom, bedroom, or even your car for long road trips.
Cooling your products down to 22ºC below room temperature, this is by far one of the most powerful options on our list. It ticks all of the boxes for practicality, and the aesthetics definitely set it apart from the rest with its attractive metallic door.
If you choose sheet masks over squeezy bottles, this is the fridge you need. It has a deep side panel for smaller products like masks, wipes, gua sha tools, and jade rollers. Plus, there is a top shelf to separate your products into two layers, whether you like to categorise morning from night products, bottles from tubs, or daily from weekly.
Sure, it's not as fashionable as the other products on the list, but it's what's on the inside that counts. And this fridge offers an energy efficient way to organise and store your cosmetics conveniently.
Think about your entire skincare shelf. Now double it! That's how many products you could potentially fit in this fridge, no joke. With a whopping 22 litres, you're bound to find this not-so-mini fridge very handy indeed.
Unfortunately, at just under £90, it's not going to be ideal for those shopping on a budget, or those who just want a small and inexpensive fridge. However, if you know that you need plenty of storage space, and you can afford a splurge, this is a great option for you.
This fridge excels expectations with a high-gloss sheen and an inbuilt LED mirror. Keep it on your vanity table so that you can complete your skincare and makeup routine, without having to leave your seat.
It also comes with both a home and a car lead, so you can use it wherever you like. The only reason it isn't ranked higher is that there is little in the way of customer reviews. Although, it seems those who have bought this particular model haven't been disappointed.
With 14 litres to fill, this fridge will be big enough to fit all your cosmetics, and then some. It has a robust design, is energy efficient and will be compatible with your car socket thanks to the DC adapter included.
That said, as a multi-purpose mini fridge, it might be a little too warm for your skincare. Although any fridge temperature is good as long as it cools your products enough, at 10ºC, this one is slightly above the recommended maximum temperature for optimum storage.
Now you've found a skincare fridge to keep your cosmetics cool, why not treat yourself to something new to go in it? From relaxing sheet masks, to serums containing the anti-ageing wonder ingredient retinol and tools for facial massage, click the links below to find out more!
Now that we've reached the end of our buying guide, hopefully you've got your eye on a skincare fridge that'll keep your favourite serums and sprays safe from yucky bacteria. We wouldn't be surprised if you're still feeling spoiled for choice though, so feel free to check back through our buying guide to help you find the perfect option for you!
Author: Annie Speight
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