Beauty lovers are buying mini fridges to keep their skin-care products cold, but it's unclear if it makes much of a difference

Urban OutfittersSkin-care refrigerators are extremely popular within the beauty community.

According to some beauty gurus, skin-care products can work more effectively when kept cold. But rather than storing serums and face masks next to produce, some people prefer to keep their beauty regimens inside “skin-care fridges.”

Beauty and style YouTuber Safiya Nygaard is one of them. On Friday, Nygaard took to Twitter to share that she’d purchased a designated beauty fridge for her skin-care products.

While many fans loved the YouTuber’s dedication to her skin-care routine, others were confused as to what she meant by her tweet.

Many people were shocked to learn that skin-care fridges exist.^tfw

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Others felt that Nygaard made a smart decision by purchasing the fridge, and explained why they loved their own.^tfw

Other Twitter users argued that buying an extra fridge solely for beauty products might be unnecessary.^tfw

Technically, skin-care fridges aren’t a new concept. As one Twitter user stated, many people have been storing their beauty products in cold climates for decades.^tfw

However, the practice has become extremely popular over the last year. Currently, retailers like Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, and Nordstrom all offer miniature refrigerators designed specifically to store beauty products.

As for whether or not skin-care fridges actually work, that depends on who you ask. While many beauty enthusiasts swear by the practice, many dermatologists say that there’s actually no benefit to cooling your moisturizers and facial oils.

In a 2018 interview with Shape, Dr. Howard Sobel said keeping skin-care products cold “is not really necessary” because there is “no difference in the actual properties and benefits.”

However, some professionals say that de-puffing creams and gels can work better when chilled. In a 2017 interview with Allure, Elizabeth Tanzi, the founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care, said cold temperatures can help eye products “to vasoconstrict,” or constrict blood vessels, “and may help with puffiness.”

Dr. Joshua Zeichner also told Allure that refrigerating products can “help extend their shelf life,” as most beauty products are not intended to be kept at high room temperatures.

Of course, the one thing that everyone can agree on is that regular refrigerators work just fine.

Safiya Nygaard did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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