Skin care products come in so many different types of packages, but is some skin care packaging bad – specifically jar packaging? I am in mourning this week because my favorite moisturizer of all time has been discontinued - goodbye Clinique Moisture On-line. I knew this day would come, and I actually can’t believe how upset I am. The product worked better than any other to hydrate my dry skin, and it temporarily plumped up my skin, making it dewy and supple looking. There was always one huge problem with the product, though – it came in jar packaging!
Jar packaging looks pretty
Jar packaging may look pretty, luxurious and expensive, but it comes with a lot of unnecessary issues. If you read reviews on MakeupAlley.com, you’ll notice a lot of people hate jar packaging, so I’m not the only one. I continued to use the Clinque Moisture On-line because it worked so well as a moisturizer, but it was $40 a jar, and all it did was hydrate my skin. I felt like a sucker every time I bought it, but I knew in some ways it was cheaper to keep using it than to try out one product after another to find an equivalent that wasn’t in a jar.
What’s wrong with jar packaging?
Antioxidants, peptides, and retinol are some ingredients that degrade when they are exposed to air and light. Thus every time you open your pretty jar, the ingredients you paid big bucks for are being deactivated. Your expensive antioxidant cream or retinol treatment is suddenly just a glorified overpriced moisturizer. Most products these days aren’t just marketed as moisturizers, so you are expecting and paying for the added ingredients to be somewhat beneficial to your skin, aside from just moisturizing it. Even though the Clinique product I used contained antioxidants, I assumed they were worthless because they were in a jar, and thus I would apply a separate antioxidant serum under it. There goes even more money!
Jar packaging is also more unsanitary and more prone to bacteria growth than stable packaging. Every time you reach into the jar, you’re spreading whatever was on your hands into the jar, and then applying that right on your face! Personally I’ve never had any health problems from jars, but it’s still icky to think about. Sample jars at Sephora and makeup counters are teeming with bacteria because so many people put their fingers in them. Gross.
Because jars aren’t airtight, the products inside may not last as long as those in pumps or tubes. In the past, I’ve had several jars smell rancid after a few months. Most products, though, do come with ample preservatives to make them last long enough to finish the jar if you use it every day. Some “natural” companies don’t use preservatives, or traditional preservatives, because they don’t want to include parabens in their products. These products also may not last very long in preservative-free skin care packaging.
What should you do?
If you want to buy a product with antioxidants or retinol, make sure it’s in an opaque or dark container, and that it comes in a pump or tube, or some sort of packaging that won’t allow the product to be exposed to air and light. And if you’re concerned about hygiene, skip jar packaging. I admit that if Clinique didn’t discontinue my favorite product, I would still buy it, but because it’s now gone, I’m taking this as a sign that I must take a personal stand and boycott jar packaging from now on! It’s just not worth paying $40 for a moisturizer when there are so many products that come in stable packaging that provide a lot more benefits. For now I’ll be using Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask as a moisturizer because it’s half the price as the Clinique, it’s twice the size, it contains antioxidants, and it comes in stable packaging. Even though it’s a mask, it can be left on as a moisturizer. It’s almost as good of a moisturizer as the Clinique, but its value is much higher. One thing I will miss, though, are the Clinique gift-with-purchase products:( I really do like their free mascara…
Do you care one way or the other about jar packaging?