If you’re one of the forward-thinking men out there that uses an antioxidant moisturizer or, even better, a retinol cream, we commend you. You are absolutely doing the right thing to help diminish fine lines and pre-wrinkles while also lessening the appearance and depth of existing wrinkles. And while most retinol-based formulas are essentially the same in the composition of the amount of retinol (vitamin A), effectiveness can be compromised by the type of container it comes in.
As an antioxidant, retinol works to neutralize the free-radical properties of oxygen in the air and our bodies. Retinol creams that are kept in a jar are exposed to oxygen even when the jar is closed, meaning that the retinol is being spent up prior to application. Tubes are better, as they limit the oxygen exposure, but unless the tube is of a more rigid type of rubberized plastic or aluminum, it will draw oxygen back into the tube whenever pressure is released. Granted, this is better than just open exposure in a jar, but it’s not the only other alternative. Best of all are closed, sealed bottles with a pump mechanism. This will draw up the retinol product using only enough air to activate the pumping action, thereby preserving the antioxidant properties of retinol just long as possible