Skin Care Packaging

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skin care packagingSkin 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?

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6 Responses to “Skin Care Packaging”

  1. Susanna Says:

    I also use the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask as a moisturizer. I live in Finland and the winters can be very cold and dry and even if I have combination skin my skin can get very dry during the winter months. This moisturizer has helped me a lot. Today I only use Paula’s products and for my skin they have been great.

  2. obagi reviews Says:

    Yes, I am not a big fan of jar packaging. Speaking of packaging, my friend pointed out to me that Dr Lewinn’s products often have interesting air tight packaging. I have used their products couple of times and they seem to hydrate my skin very well.

  3. Karen K Says:

    I’ve always wondered why so many companies use jars – even really expensive products, like the Dr. Perricone ones, come in jars. Is it that the companies don’t know it’s bad, or do they just not care? I don’t even think jars look better than tubes (which look more clinical to me, which would make it appear like it’s more effective).

  4. John Says:

    I like jars. They look nice and are easy to use, and really offer the ultimate freedom in how much you wish to use. I think hating jar packaging is more of a pet peeve and certain companies’ marketing stance so they can use cheaper tubes, rather than based on hard facts. In this day and age, companies know what will last and not be “deactivated” in jars. 20 years ago this might have been an issue, but not anymore. As far as contamination, there are so many perservatives in there that it would be hard to contaminate a product even if you tried.

  5. Shauna Says:

    Clinique is great. If jars are a main concern, Try using their super rescue antioxidant moisturizer in a tube. It has every benefit except sunscreen so try adding super city block spf25 or spf40 on top for daywear. this way you get everything you need and still get to use the number one makeup and skincare line. Sanitary wise for jars, just use a q tip for application instead of your fingers. It’s that simple!

  6. JayMichael Says:

    There are NUMEROUS published research, scientific journals, and evidence proving that jar packaging is not the best form of packaging. The ingredients most beneficial for your skin are not stable, which means they won’t be effective if exposed to light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar. No matter how great the formula, it all begins to break down when you first open it! There is also the issue of hygiene—dipping your fingers into a jar transfers bacteria from your hands into the product, and that causes the important ingredients to further deteriorate. Also, your oils your fingers produce cause even further deterioration. To a comment above, if a product has a crap load of preservatives in it BEFORE the beneficial ingredients, you will not get the effect of the beneficial ingredients. Also, if oxygen is allowed to penetrate the ingredients, then your product has become oxidized, and the antioxidant have become destabilized, which means you are putting a hot mess of confusing ingredients on your skin. Try the moisture boost from Paula’s Choice! It works wonderful! :)

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