For decades, the skin care industry has used jars as containers for all types of skin care products. They are cheap, easy to fill during the production process, and potentially very dangerous for sensitive skin….
As soon as you take off the lid, you are letting air affect the cream in the jar. Most ingredients in skin care products are plant based (known as organic, because they are primarily carbon, and carbon is the basis of all life on this planet), so they can be easily oxidized (because we have oxygen in the air all the time)! Oxidized ingredients can be very irritating and can worsen sensitive skin conditions as well as other skin conditions like acne.
Apart from oxidation, a jar of moisturizer means you can dip your fingers into it in order to get product on your face. How bacteria or fungus free are your fingers? Where had they been just prior to dipping them in the moisturizer? You can transfer bacteria and fungus from 1 jar of moisturizer or cream to another by way of your fingers.
To counteract these potential dangers, the skin care product will contain preservatives and anti oxidants. The more potential the product has to be ‘infected’ the more preservatives will be in the product. Preservatives are naturally very irritating and damaging for sensitive skin, especially in higher quantities. To learn more about preservatives in skin care, watch this video. All skin care products, no matter how natural and organic they claim to be, will have to contain preservatives and antioxidants….because no one will buy a product that will go ‘bad’ quickly (much like fresh fruit and vegetables will). Very often, the antioxidant ingredients in a product are not for the benefit of your skin, they are for the benefit of the product itself, to stop it oxidizing too quickly.
The best solution for sensitive skin is to use ‘airless pumps’. These containers don’t allow air to enter as you dispense the product from the container (so reducing the requirement for antioxidant ingredients in high quantities). The pump will also prevent you from ‘unknowingly’ contaminating your product with bacterium and fungus (so reducing the need for anti-microbe preservatives in high quantities).
Read more about Smart Packaging using opaque airless pumps – an essential part of taking care of your sensitive skin.
Another way to protect your products is to keep them in a cool location, like your fridge…but that is not very convenient for most people….so to keep them in your bathroom, make sure they are in airless pumps, or bottles with flip caps, or tubes, but definitely not in jars!