Why shopping with your nose can wreak havoc on your skin.
If you have problems with an overly sensitive skin it is essential to use skincare products that do not contain irritating ingredients. Fragrances, in particular, are something you should avoid in all of your skincare products.
WHY DO FRAGRANCES CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR A SENSITIVE SKIN?
Although added fragrances – both synthetic and natural – can cause issues for any skin type, they can cause extreme problems if you are prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin. Fragrances can also wreak havoc if you have skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. Fragrances might be listed as a single ingredient, but are likely a blend of many ingredients or chemicals. If they come into contact with your skin it can become irritated both on the surface and under the surface. You don’t always get a reaction straight away. These irritations can appear as redness or inflammation, cause breakouts, or show itself in other ways. Some visible signs can even appear years later! Think of it like smoking or sunbathing; in the first years when someone smokes or spends a lot of time in the sun, there is no visible damage to the skin. However, years later the damage starts to appear in the form of wrinkles and a duller skin tone. Similarly, skin irritations can cause damage over time, keeping your skin in a delicate state and accelerating the aging process.
WHY ARE FRAGRANCES USED?
If fragrances are known to cause irritation, then why are they used in skincare? Mainly because we shop with our nose. When a product has a pleasant scent, we are more likely to buy it. Fragrances can even be used to mask the unpleasant smell of other harmful chemicals and ingredients.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON INGREDIENT LABELS
Look for beauty products that plainly state what’s scenting it: On the back label, “fragrance” should be followed by a list of ingredients in parentheses. Don’t simply rely on the term “fragrance-free” when shopping for your products. It’s always a good idea to read all of the ingredients listed. AMPERSAND does a great job of listing all ingredients in each of their products, and even categorizes them in their ingredient glossary as natural, organic, or essential to performance.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND FRAGRANCE-FREE PRODUCTS?
AMPERSAND has 100 percent fragrance-free skincare products. All of our serums are formulated without synthetic fragrances and are a great option for those with sensitive skin. Shop the collection here.