Ah, sometimes in life, it all comes down to the little things. So as it is with the skin care container, according to Dr. Daniel Yarosh, Ph.D., CEO of AGI Dermatics (Remergent) and author of the new book The New Science of Perfect Skin. According to Yarosh, containers should in fact be a consideration when you are purchasing your skin care:
- “Jars are the worst offenders, because they are opened and closed frequently, exposing the entire surface of the product to airborne contaminants, as well as bacteria from the fingers that are dipped into the jar.”
- “Tubes have the similar problem between push-out and suck-back between the inside and outside of the package.”
- “Pumps are better, but those with long straws leading into the lotion or cream draw the product up from the bottom and still leave air on top of the product.”
- “Airless pump bottles are the best. There, the contents are pushed up from the bottom by a plunger, so no air is trapped inside a product.”
- “A metered dispenser is another great feature that pumps out the same amount every time the plunger is pushed. This feature avoids the waste that is produced when too much product is dispensed from a jar or tube and can make a small pump dispenser last longer than a bigger jar or tube.”
The bottom line: pay attention to your skin care containers before making a purchase! In addition, take extra caution that unstable ingredients like ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and retinol are in an airless pump rather than a jar or a tube.