It becomes a big question for all of us. Do we really need to focus on those containers in which the products are being stored? Are they affecting your skin in anyway. So yes, they are. Skin products are generally stored in the containers that do not allow the oxidation of the ingredients in the products. Let us first understand what oxidation is. Whenever a compound or an ingredient loses its electrons, it is said to be oxidized in chemical point of view. This generally happens when your skin product comes in direct contact with the air or oxygen. You may have seen some vegetables or fruits like potatoes or apples that turn dark brown after they are sliced. This is due to oxidation. You may also have seen iron getting rusted. It is the oxidation process which converts the iron into its rust. Oxidation means change in the product or the ingredient into something different . Oxidation generally reduces the efficiency of your skin product. So, this will surely affect your skin if you use an oxidized skin product. If any skin product is oxidized it will affect your skin causing many skin problems.
Effects of Oxidization of ingredients used in skin products
Oxidation completely changes the color and texture of your skin products. It converts your products to something different which is not at all healthy for your skin. Oxidization of ingredients of your skin products may lead to many skin problems like open pores, black heads, white heads, or even clogged pores. Not only this, but oxidization of your skin products may also lead to ageing of your skin or may even lead to acne. Wrinkles and fine lines become quite common after using oxidized products. These products may even affect the skin tone of your skin. The effects can be very minor if fewer active products are used in your skin products but if more active ingredients are used in which are more prone to oxidation then it may harm your skin badly.
For example: When rancid oil gets oxidized, it may lead to blackheads on your skin or even open pores. Also, when ascorbic acid which is a vitamin c is oxidized, it will likely cause much more harm than good to your skin.
Prevention of Oxidization Of ingredients Of Your Skin Products
To protect your skin from damage, it becomes especially important to prevent your skin products from being oxidized. So obviously, for this you can only work on only two things. Either you may use the ingredients which do not get oxidized in the skin products or you may use the containers which protect your skin products from being oxidized.
- The first thing you can do to protect your skin products from oxidation is checking the ingredients which are used in your products. The ingredients should not be those which are more prone to oxidization. In this case containers will not be a major problem. Some of the products which are more prone to oxidization are green tea, retinol, vitamin c or polyunsaturated ingredients. These ingredients are more prone to instantaneous oxidation and you should avoid them completely. Some skin products which contain these ingredients come with antioxidants but even then, it is not suggested to use products containing these ingredients because they are not protected for so long and may harm your skin. But those ingredients which are not so active can be used with antioxidants.
- Next thing you can do to prevent your products from getting oxidized is using antioxidant in your skin products. Using antioxidants in your skin products prevents your ingredients from getting oxidized even if it encounters direct air.
- Next thing you can do to protect your skin products from oxidization is using a protective container which prevents the ingredients from getting oxidized. When you are using active ingredients in your skin products like polyunsaturated oils, retinols or retinoids, green tea, you should avoid using normal jars for storing your products. Your skin products should be completely packed in dark bottles. If the containers contain pump, then they should be air less. Also, you can use these products for around four to six months before they start to get oxidized. You can also create your own containers for protecting your products from being oxidized. You can transfer your products into a tight container so that your products do not comes in direct contact with air and gets protected from getting oxidized. Using proper containers will not only protect your ingredients from getting oxidized but it will also prevent it from contamination from the harmful rays of the sun and keep it safe and preserved. Not only oxidation, but proper packaging of your skin products will protect your ingredients from humidity, temperature, light and many more factors.
Summing up we would just like to say that containers have a great importance for your skin products. Using proper airtight containers will protect your ingredients from getting oxidized and it will prevent your skin from getting affected. Using proper containers will not only protect the ingredients of your skin products from getting oxidized but also from other factors like temperature, humidity, harmful rays of sun and many more. Though there are many other ways to protect your skin products from getting oxidized like using fewer active ingredients or using antioxidants in your skin products but why to lessen or add extra ingredients in your skin products when you can just use a proper container. Also, whatever you do, whether you use antioxidants or use fewer active ingredients or proper packaging of your skin products but using any product more than a year will be harmful for your skin. So most importantly, keep changing your skin products after a year. Just do not continue using one product because it takes around six months to a year for a product to get oxidized and use proper containers to protect them from oxidization.