Pros and Cons of a Skincare Mini Fridge (SCMF)
What is the big buzz lately in skincare?
It's a mini fridge just for use of storing your precious skincare!
Here are some pros and cons of the Skincare Mini Fridge (SCMF) and the real question, then, of whether your Regular Refrigerator (RR) is worthy of housing such precious products.
Pro: Vitamin C and retinoids are heat and light sensitive, meaning they break down and oxidize faster if stored in places prone to lots of light or heat. (Sounds like a bathroom to me!) This is why most vitamin C and retinoid serums are packaged into dark bottles. To ensure longer product life, these should definitely be stored in the fridge.
Con: Do you have the counter space? Even the smallest models require a surprising amount of real estate — especially in a shoebox apartment. It may be more efficient to stick with your RR.
Pro: If you decide this is a must have for your serums, moisturizer and jade roller, they seem reasonably priced, ranging from $32-$180 with storage space from 0.1 cubic feet to 2.5 cubic feet.
Con: They can put an extra load on your electric bill. Many consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, trying to be conservative with energy use as well. Weighing out the cost vs. benefit is a personal decision on how much you actually spend on skincare and if it’s worth having the added expense.
Pro: According to dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale, a skin care fridge prolongs the shelf life of products as long as the temperature is between 45 and 50 degrees. In fact, they're better than the kitchen fridge because they're slightly warmer in temperature. Keep in mind that if your fridge is kept between 35-38°F (the standard temp for a kitchen fridge), those colder temperatures may affect the consistency of some products, making them thicker and more difficult to spread.
Con: Some dermatologists don’t deem it necessary to refrigerate skincare products. This is mostly in reference to products made with artificial preservatives which we never use in Young Ever After products. Most skincare is not made of organic and natural plant-based products.
The decision is ultimately yours and we hope that decision is a bit more easily reached now that you have more info. Take good care of your products and they will take care of you!
Cheers to living Young Ever After - Dr. Rose