Sensitive skin can be quite challenging to care for. This is because it is prone to sunburn, freckles, dry, peeling skin, rashes and acne. People who have sensitive skin may also experience the effects of an allergic reaction. Chances are higher if they are using the wrong kind of skincare products on their face.
Choosing a moisturizer for sensitive skin sometimes works on a trial and error basis. However, there are a few points that can help you pick the right kind.
Synthetic Vs Natural
If anything is labeled as organic, natural or ‘free of synthetic ingredients’, we immediately reach to try it out. The same goes with moisturizers and other skin care products.
Do not assume that using a moisturizer that contains tea tree oil or potato flour will help sooth your sensitive skin. In fact, most natural moisturizers contain active ingredients that can give rise to a burning sensation and redness on your face.
Avoid Moisturizers that Contain Perfume
If you have a known allergy, read the ingredient label to check if it is present in the lotion or cream. Pick ones that contain soothing hydrators and aloe vera, vitamin E and chamomile. Stay away from perfumed moisturizes since they can cause skin inflammation. You can find it labeled either ‘Perfume’ or ‘Parfum’.
Watch Out for Preservatives
All moisturizers contain water or oil or both. To keep the bottle from spoiling, cosmetic companies add preservatives. Now, it is not an easy task to identify which are the preservatives among the ingredients, unless you are familiar with names ending with –oxy, -ethyl and so on.
Formaldehyde and the four parabens (ethyl, methyl, butyl and propyl) are common preservatives that are used in most skincare products. They are normally present in very small quantities but being harsh chemicals, have the capacity to give your sensitive skin a lot of grief.
Hypoallergenic is a Farce
We all have a tendency of checking our moisturizer containers for the labels ‘dermatologically tested’ and ‘hypoallergenic’. Health experts warn that its presence on a label does not mean that the product is non-allergenic. It simply means that the quantity of irritants is present in smaller proportions.
Since it is largely a marketing gimmick, most people with sensitive skin find their condition worsening after using the so-called hypoallergenic moisturizer.