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Fridge Benefits: Cooling Beauty Products to Stash in Your Refrigerator

Say “summer,” and we instantly imagine icy popsicles, pedicured toes, and sips of rose...But for every glamorous glass of pink wine, let’s be honest, there is also a face flushed with sunburn and a body on the verge of heat stroke. In an effort to cool off, we’ve taken to storing our favorite products in—believe it or not—our refrigerators. Similar to the effect of an ice pack, chilled beauty products constrict blood vessels, fighting inflammation and redness associated with the season's negative qualities. Intrigued? Here are the cooling products (think: eye creams, soothing masks, and even fragrances) we're storing in our fridges all summer long.

Calming Eye Treatments

Puffiness around the eyes occurs for a number of reasons, like not enough sleep, water retention, and one too many cocktails. Even though we’ve discovered products that combat everything from puffiness to dark circles, the relief that comes from using a fresh-out-of-the-fridge eye gel has us wondering why we didn’t move our leftovers over years ago. For a rejuvenating treatment in under 20 minutes, reach for Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads, which plump and restore sensitive skin around the eyes after a day in the sun. If you don’t have time to wait for a patch to work its magic, Liz Earle Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion presents a speedy, spa-like alternative in just a minute.

Refreshing Mists

In the humid months, facial mists are a must, and keeping these skin-savers chilled makes them feel just as refreshing as running through your neighbor’s sprinkler. Avène uses water from the fountain of youth (actually, medicinal springs in France, but same thing) in its Thermal Spring Water to treat everything from sunburn and heat-caused flush. For a slightly more invigorating experience, spritz Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, which combines their classic grape extract with refreshing mint.

Moisturizing Masks

Once upon a time, we thought face masks only fought acne; now we know that there’s a whole category of masks dedicated to treating irritation. Avène's Soothing Moisture Mask, for example, moisturizes while banishing ruddiness with calming spring water, and feels even more reviving when stored next to your Britta. PETER THOMAS ROTH Cucumber Gel Mask, a translucent green gel mask, contains always-soothing aloe and, when cooled, constricts blood vessels to further diminish redness and inflammation.

Fresh Fragrances

Keeping your favorite scent refrigerated means every time you’re overheated, your last-step perfume application will lead to an arctic blast that immediately lowers your body temperature (not to mention, the low temp will make your favorite fragrance last longer). We’re currently obsessed with philosophy’s amazing grace fragrance spray, an especially light, lily of the valley-scented mist perfect for the summer months.

—Kirby Reynolds

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