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Harmful ingredients for sensitive skin: you want to avoid these

Feb 03, 2022Joëlle Lochtman

You may know the saying 'you are what you eat'. In the world of skincare you could say: 'you are what you put on'. Just as ingredients in food can have a negative effect on our bodies, ingredients in skin care products can have a negative effect on your skin. We treat harmful ingredients sensitive skin.

To help you out, let's go over ingredients to avoid when you see them on an ingredient list. We categorize these ingredients based on the effect it can have on your skin. Because let's face it, pronouncing the names of these ingredients can be hard enough, let alone knowing which ingredient can have which effect on your sensitive skin.

Harmful ingredients sensitive skin that cause an allergic reaction

We cannot emphasize this enough. Even though the smell of a product can contribute to the user experience, the ingredient perfume has no other function for your skin. Unfortunately, it can even irritate sensitive skin.

The ingredient Propylene Glycol gives the same effect. This substance is used to transfer water-based ingredients to the skin. Sounds functional, but consists of a high allergy level.

It may surprise you, but natural ingredients like mint, lavender and tea tree can also irritate sensitive skin or cause an allergic reaction.

Harmful ingredients sensitive skin that block the skin

Our skin is the largest organ we have. It is important to let it breathe and adapt itself to all the influences it is exposed to. Every time you open your jar of petroleum/petrolatum, you are blocking your skin's breathing. Will a bell ring? We're talking about... Yes, Vaseline. It has a soothing and soothing effect in the beginning, but in the long run it only exacerbates an itchy or irritated feeling because it prevents the skin from breathing.

Do not clean the skin too aggressively

Washing your face with a foaming cleanser may be too harsh for your sensitive skin. The foam is produced by SLS/SLES. The abbreviation of Sodium Laurel Sulfate/Sodium Lauretta Sulfate. It degreases and dries out your skin. The same goes for Triclosan - a well-known ingredient in anti-acne products. It's antibacterial, which sounds good, but it also kills the good bacteria your skin needs.

As with most things, we all react differently. Always listen to yourself and your skin and see what works for you. Let this blog be a resource to help you navigate the world of skin care products. And if you want to make sure your sensitive skin gets the support it deserves, take a look at our Online store full of Allergy Certified and Fragrance Free products. Or send us a message on Instagram with questions.

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