Proper skin care can be a quite challenging task regardless of your skin type, however sensitive skin often rises additional problems due to the numerous factors that can influence the overall result. Although the green beauty routine is to use strong essential oils. Lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil should be used for spot treatments only as they might cause irritations otherwise.
Here are some commonly used ingredients that you should look out for whenever you are unsure if the product you are about to purchase is the right one for you.
Sulphates come in many forms as there are several derivates that are being used in extensively in the industry. Sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulphate are two of the most abundandly used derivatives as they are powerful detergents. Since unfortunately even some organic products contain them, it can be quite hard to eliminate them altogether. However reducing exposure as much as possible by either limiting the amount of products used and looking for products that don’t have sulfates listed among the top three ingredients are good strategies that can be used.
Algae extract– Although it might seem like a natural addition to various skin care products (such as facial cleansers, moisturizers or exfoliants) it can be useful to know that products containing this type of ingredients might have comedogenic properties and might cause irritations to those who are particularly sensitive. Alagae derived compounds known as algin and cangareen can cause similar problems but they can be relatively easy to avoid.
Diethanolamine & Triethanolamine are compounds that are mainly used to make suds. Among the side effects that can be experienced are skin dryness, potential allergic reactions or eye irritations. There are also potential concerns about safety so these ingredients should be avoided as much as possible.
Hydroquinone is a compound that is used mainly in skin bleaching products or products that are said to help women deal with age spots. This ingredient has been banned in several parts of the world but it may still be in use in various countries. Considering its bleaching properties it is no wonder that products containing this ingredient can prove harsh for those with sensitive skin types.
Artificial Fragrances– Fragrances can indeed make beauty care products more appealing for the consumers however they can often accentuate allergic reactions for people who have sensitive or acne prone skin. This fact is relatively well known and not surprising considering the fact that over two hundred substances can be added in order to create a synthetic fragrance. Statistics show that most allergic reactions caused by fragrances are not so staggering as they sound.