‘I’VE HEARD THAT KEEPING YOUR FACE CREAMS AND SERUMS IN THE FRIDGE IS A GOOD IDEA. WHAT WOULD BE THE BEN­E­FITS, OR IS IT RE­ALLY JUST AN OLD WIVES’ TALE?’

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - EXPERT ADVICE -

THE COM­MON BE­LIEF is that keeping your skin­care and even cos­met­ics cool or in the fridge can pro­long their shelf lives or pre­serve them in some way. This is not tech­ni­cally true. Ac­cord­ing to the experts, there are some items, like makeup, that should rather be kept at room tem­per­a­ture. Mois­turis­ers, lo­tions and eye creams can be kept in the fridge, but the only ben­e­fit would be dur­ing sum­mer when a chilled cream (try a gel tex­ture), serum or toner might help com­bat swelling and boost cir­cu­la­tion. This is es­pe­cially great for eye cream, as dab­bing a touch of chilled eye cream around tired eyes will re­duce puffi­ness and dark cir­cles. Keep in mind that stor­ing prod­ucts in the fridge might change their con­sis­tency. For ex­am­ple, creams or lo­tions that con­tain oils can be­come thicker and nail pol­ishes will be­come more gloopy, mak­ing them harder to ap­ply. Try: (1) Sis­ley Black Rose Skin In­fu­sion Cream (R2 285) (2) Gatineau Aquamem­ory Mois­ture Re­plen­ish Cream-Gel (R750)

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