Can air exposure affect the capabilities of creams in open jars?

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Creams in jars

It’s quite a complicated topic, but yes, this is true. When creams are left open and exposed to open air, this leaves room for pathogens and bacteria to enter, causing your cream to lose its effectivity and oxidise.

There is another side to this – there are product houses that insist on putting their creams in jars that you have to open and close all the time even though the active ingredients in that cream are susceptible to degradation by being exposed to the air. There are other companies that have gone to great lengths to ensure that their products are stabilised and they will use very expensive technology to protect the ingredients inside their creams and choose their ingredients wisely to avoid this.

Other companies take it a step further and create airless pumps and tubes for their products so that every bit of cream is equally active down to the very end of the bottle. This is why most of our professional products now come in airless pump containers, which do not allow air or light to interact with the product, giving you a sterile and active product.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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