What to Avoid If You Have Sensitive Skin
Not all skin care products are created equal. Many may not be suitable for delicate, sensitive skin because of their ingredients. Some top offending skin care ingredients include:
Strong fragrances can be an irritant for sensitive skin. Synthetic fragrances are often irritating, but even essential oils can be triggers for some.
Studies show that parabens artificially mimic estrogens in the body, leading to a host of topical and internal problems. For sensitive skin types, parabens can also worsen eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis.
Sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are known culprits to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Most used in cleansers, they strip skin of its own protective barrier, and damage the delicate lipid layers which keep skin supple and smooth. Harsh detergents can also disrupt skin’s natural moisture balance and sebum production, leading to dry or irritated skin.
Everyone knows that alcohol can dry out the skin, yet you’ll find it in many conventional skincare products like cleansers, moisturizers, and toners. It can easily strip your skin of its protective barrier, making sensitive skin more prone to bacteria, infections, and dryness.
Sourced from petroleum (think gasoline, diesel oil), these industrial chemical preservatives can cause serious buildup on the skin. They can trap bacteria, clog pores, and cause breakouts in sensitive skin.
This synthetic version of menthol is used to give skin care products a minty fresh feel, but has been linked to lots of allergic reactions.
While a spa steam room session may sound lovely, steam can increase redness and cause dryness in sensitive skin. Using water that’s too hot can also cause adverse reactions. The best practice when it comes to water temperature? Always use lukewarm and skip the steam.
Scrubs that are too abrasive can disrupt lipid barrier function, and even cause micro tears in the skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin, your lipid barrier is already compromised. So using harsh scrubs will only wreak havoc on your delicate skin.
Cleansing brushes or sponges
Super sonic cleansing brushes might be trendy, but can be way too intense for sensitive skin. It’s best to use brushes with bristles made for sensitive skin, and to use it no more than 3 times a week. Opt for gentle facial sponges like our Konjac Sponge and avoid abrasive sponges like plastic loofahs.