I have to admit that when I buy skin care, I think it’s important that it smells good. When a product has a great fragrance, chances are I will buy it.
Only to regret it because my sensitive skin reacts badly to perfume in products. My skin gets irritated: it stings and it turns red.
Nevertheless, I rarely buy products without perfume. I’m so used to a fragrance in a skin care product… But I can’t be the only one as most skin care products do have a scent.
But did you know that one in four people has an allergy to perfume in skin care? And I’m one of them. Even if you don’t have an allergy to it, it’s better to avoid perfume in skin care. And here’s why.
It causes irritated skin
Do you have sensitive skin? Then your skin can extra react to perfume in skin care products. For example, it can itch and turn red.
But even if you have other skin problems, perfume can actually make it worse. Dry skin can become even drier or you can get even more pimples.
How do you know if you are allergic to perfume in skin care products?
Test a new skin care product (with fragrance!) on a small area of your skin and see if your skin reacts to it. This can be immediately or after a few hours or days.
If you find this difficult or if you aren’t sure if you’re allergic to it, you can also visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can determine an allergy with patch tests.
It causes skin aging
Even if you don’t have any skin problems and you don’t suffer from perfume in your skin care products now, perfume can still be bad for you.
It slowly breaks down the collagen in your skin. Eventually your skin will become weaker and you will get wrinkles.
Essential oil isn’t better!
Sometimes skin care manufacturers use essential oils instead of perfume. This seems a better choice, but it isn’t!
They are actually too aggressive for your skin and can therefore also cause skin irritation.
It’s best to choose skin care without fragrance, which therefore contains no perfume or essential oils. Odorless products can take some getting used to, but your skin will thank you for it!