Are Skincare Fridges Worth It?

Are Skincare Fridges Worth It?

It was Cyber Monday in the year 2019. Coronavirus was still the common flu, and no one knew what Zoom was.

Among the myriad ads served by very intelligent algorithms was one for the coveted baby tiny fridge too small to hide snacks from your roommates but just big enough to fit a few travel-size-friendly-less-than-four-ounces skincare items. So what did I do? You bet your butt I ordered not one but three of those bad boys. Christmas was gonna be good for Jillian and my sister, Emily.

 

I’m not sure the exact moment my craving for a tiny fridge dedicated exclusively to keeping my skincare as cool as a cucumber began but if I had to guess it was soon after I discovered the K-Beauty rubber mask craze. This period of my life was dedicated to discovering new, cutting edge and quite possibly irritating things to put on my skin. I romanticized the acne-less, even, smooth skin of Korean skincare influencers because my new life with cystic acne rendered me obsessive.

It was all butterflies

The screaming deal skincare fridges arrived shortly after the Freck that was going in them. Emily and Jillian had to wait until the 25th for their most-stellar gifts, but it was time for my long-awaited skin transformation to begin. I immediately rearranged my vanity to accommodate my quite chice all-black skincare cooler, plugged that bad boy in, complete with my new regimen, and waited for the temperature to drop.

 

My baby tiny fridge taught me an invaluable lesson: I love putting cold things on my face. Not only do I love putting cold things on my face, but cold things on my face help calm my usually puffy and red morning face (okay done saying “face” now).  

 

The novelty of having a skincare fridge was not lost on me — for at least two weeks that is. My sheet masking game was now elevated. Moisturizing with a crisp cold pea-sized amount of Rich Bitch made me feel like an actual rich bitch. But as the days passed, I came to realize something: I prefer to do my skincare routine in my bathroom versus in my bedroom at my vanity. So I reluctantly moved the bulk of my skincare items from the fridge back into my bathroom beauty cabinet leaving only the self-care Sunday grade items (sheet masks and the like).

 


I already have a refrigerator that works just fine. Why do I need a baby tiny one? Will this add real value to my life? Is this item solving a problem I don’t already have the resources to fix? All questions I should have asked myself...

Bidding the honeymoon phase adieu

Life went on. The holidays passed. My skin was dramatically improving thanks to the combination of Cactus Water (my favorite daily-use lactic acid exfoliant ever), So Jelly (the first under eye cream to actually plump my laugh lines for bouncier skin), and Rich Bitch (most killer daily use moisturizer chalked full of Prickly Pear Seed Oil to calm my oftentimes inflamed skin). I would periodically revisit my tiny fridge to pop on a face mask before getting ready to go out or when I needed a little extra ritual in my life, but the visits became more and more seldom.

 

About two months passed without me using anything in my baby tiny fridge, COVID-19 was taking the world by storm, and quarantine was imminent. Then one day, I noticed my once-beloved tiny fridge was leaking on my vintage mid-century modern vanity (that’s gonna be a hard no for me, dawg). After further inspection, I found that my skincare fridge does that weird thing your food fridge does when you have the setting too cold and freezes your bevvies in the back. On top of the leaking issue, I was getting the itch to reorganize and declutter my space — something I periodically do but the urge was exacerbated by the wild turn of 2020 current events. I unplugged my baby tiny fridge, relocating the remaining skincare to my beauty cabinet, and stowed it away in a safe, dark corner in my closet where it still is today.

Hindsight is 20/20

Marketing is wild, y’all. It can convince you that you absolutely need a baby tiny fridge or a blanket with sleeves (RIP Snuggie). While there’s definitely an opportunity to ruminate on late-stage capitalism here, I’ll spare you for now. You want to know if skincare fridges are worth it, and the answer is undoubtedly no.

 

I already have a refrigerator that works just fine. Why do I need a baby tiny one? Will this add real value to my life? Is this item solving a problem I don’t already have the resources to fix?

 

All questions I should have asked myself before going on an impulse shopping spree, buying not one but three baby tiny skincare fridges. Speaking of, what are Jillian and Emily’s skincare fridges up to? They’re also unplugged and unoccupied in dark corners of their closets.

 

This is a lesson I will take with me on my journey to be a more conscientious shopper. You see, I want to be a “do more with less” person. Our consumption habits globally are robbing the Earth of its resources — something that will take hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years to undo. While I know I am by no means the rage against the proverbial machine, I do believe I have a responsibility to consider the impact of my shopping decisions: whether I need something, who I’m buying those products from, and what human and ecological resources were needed when making them.

 

Listen, y’all, I’m not perfect and I’m definitely not here to tell you what to do, but I wish I would have understood that quality skincare is quality skincare regardless of having a dedicated refrigerator.

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