When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by my grannie’s potions and lotions.
I would watch as she opened those beautiful jars, picked up a tiny amount of cream with her fingers, and applied them gently all over her face, longing for the day when I could finally do the same.
When that day finally came, I wasn’t interested in playing with them anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, my beautiful friend. I’m still interested in playing with skincare. Just not when it comes in jars.
1. Jar packaging spoils the formula
All the goodies your skin needs to stay young and healthy aren’t stable. Every time they are exposed to light and air (every time you open the jar, basically), they lose a bit of their effectiveness.
The scientific name of this process is oxidation. Oxidation begins from the very first moment you open the jar, and continues with every use until the best ingredients inside our lotions and potions become completely useless.
Chances are, they’re gonna lose all their good properties when you’re still halfway through your moisturizer. In just a month, your expensive anti-aging retinoid treatment will turn into a basic moisturizer. It’ll only hydrate your skin – nothing more.
What a huge waste of money!
2. Jar packaging isn’t hygienic
But what if you’re already using a basic moisturizer, like Nivea Creme? There’s nothing in there that could oxidise. So, we’re safe, right?
Not exactly. Thing is, picking up the cream with our fingers isn’t exactly the most hygienic thing to do. Even if our hands look clean, there are plenty of germs, dirt, and a whole bunch of other stuff on them we don’t want in our skincare products.
And, once they’re in our cream, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll end up on our face. Ewww!
If some bacteria has somehow found their way inside them, they’ll start reproducing and spoil your cream. They may even give you an infection!
Ok, that last one is unlikely, if your moisturizer has a good preservative system. When that lonely bacteria will venture inside the jar, those nasty (for the bacteria, not us) parabens will kill it. Thanks, parabens!
Of course, parabens and other effective preservatives are gaining a bad rep (totally undeserved, by the way), so a lot of creams these days either use ineffective preservatives or no preservatives at all. Beware of them! They may be more natural, but they’ll harm you faster than parabens ever will.Jars may look pretty, but they won't protect your anti-aging skincare products from spoilage.Click To Tweet
The Bottom Line
Jars may look pretty, but they won’t protect your anti-aging skincare products from spoilage and bacteria. If you’re gonna spend your hard-earned cash on them, make sure they come in an airtight and opaque tubes or bottles. If you don’t, you’re just throwing money away!
Do you avoid jar packaging, too?