I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I’ve got some (sorta) bad news about the products we love that come in those gorgeous fancy jars. Yes, I'm a fan of beautiful packaging, but I’m also a fan of getting my money’s worth when I buy fancy products; not to mention the fact that I’m a notorious over-sleeper and rush through most mornings and might end up with a messy little disaster on my hands.
See, the best moisturizers these days include a ton of must-have ingredients like antioxidants, retinol and vitamin C. It’s been noted that these ingredients may not be stable in jar packaging. Like wine, the more exposure to air, the lower the quality of the product. So just like my favourite merlot, oxygen is getting all up in my favourite things and making them significantly less awesome.
Plus, who has the damn time to keep a bunch of sterile spatulas around? I mean, I can hardly find my keys on a good day. But if you aren’t using something clean to scoop out the product you want, and just dipping your little fingers in those jars, you might be adding bacteria into to the mix too.
Contaminating my moisturizer was never something I thought about, but when I realized I’d totally dipped my fingers in a tub of fancy moisturizer I was like, Oh, right. I probably shouldn’t ever do that again. Also, is this going to make my face break out? Coming back to a jar of moisturizer you dipped your fingers into six months ago? Not exactly the most appealing thing to put back on your face.
Your best chance at keeping fancy creams as potent as possible is by switching to products that come in pump or tube forms. Then, the half-awake version of you won’t be able to lazily dip some fingers into that product and totally mess things up for future you. Also, it’s way more difficult to spill something when what you drop is in a tube or pump. Trust me.
Anyway, that’s enough of that little PSA. Here are some products you can use if you’re making the switch.
Prevage Anti-Aging Serum, $162
This looks like it fell out of a sci-fi science lab, and I’m into it. Bright orange and super-potent, this water-based serum has ingredients like green tea, glycerin and algae. I couldn’t pick up on any fragrance in this, which I love.
There’s mica in this, so don’t be surprised if it adds a bit of shimmer to your skin. You also might notice that it makes your skin INSANELY soft. Into it.
This is a mask, but damn, did I ever have to include it! If you have dry or stressed-out skin (I have combo skin and this still helped) leaving this on overnight does wonders. With an ingredients list that includes the likes of hyaluronic acid, beet root, and avocado protein, this is perfect for someone who errs more on the side of natural products.
Soaks in quickly and like Prevage, makes your skin mad soft. It is seriously fragrant though, heads up.
I’m a huge fan of iS Clinical, even if they are virtually impossible to come by in Canada. One pump gives you a LOT of product, so go easy on it.
Very very light fragrance—I’d say it’s heavier than the Boscia, Clinique and Face Oasis products I'm about to tell you about, but lighter than all the others on this list.
I think this is my favourite of the bunch, not only for the price, but for how much it doesn’t even feel like it has broad-spectrum protection—and it does.
It’s very liquid-y, and likes to shoot out at my shirt for some reason, but I still love it. It soaks in super-fast and is so light I honestly don’t feel like I’ve put anything on. It’s perfect for summer weather and definitely for oily/combo skin. This moisturizer is a total steal.
If you hate heavy moisturizers, go grab a bottle of this. A gel version of the cult classic, it’s perfect for Clinique lovers who just wished the original was a little lighter.
It’s also fragrance and oil free, perfect for sensitive skin. One pump gives you quite a lot of product.
This feels like a light airy whipped cream—nothing like the drugstore moisturizers I remember using as a teenager.
It soaks in quickly and the only con would be the fragrance, but it is available fragrance-free.
I only just discovered this brand, but my roommate sings its praises already. This pump-action moisturizer has UV-activated microspheres full of vitamins C and E, and broad-spectrum protection. The light blue lotion glides on super easily, and takes only a few seconds to soak right in. Light fragrance.
If you just can’t part with your favourite jar moisturizer, PLEASE use something clean to scoop out the product you need. (And can someone go back in time and remind me to do that? Because, damn.) Keep an eye on that open-jar symbol on the packaging; the number refers to the number of months the product is considered fresh from the date opened. (So, 6M means 6 months.)
- Have you tried any of these? How did they work out for you?
- What do you think about jar products? Do you have a problem with dipping your fingers into your products too? Or have I officially turned into a hypochondriac?