There are many different causes of sensitive skin, from rosacea to acne, but no matter what the cause may be, those with sensitive skin all need to be extremely careful when choosing the best products to use. OROGOLD brings you our top tips on choosing products for sensitive skin.
Always Do a Small Test
The most important thing for someone with sensitive skin to do when choosing a new product is to test it out on a small patch of skin. Choose somewhere inconspicuous, such as behind your ear, so that if it does cause a reaction, it won’t be too noticeable to others. Wait at least 24 hours for your skin to show a reaction before making your final decision. If your skin is extra sensitive, it may be a good idea to do a second test near your eye, as the skin around the eyes is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face. Many cosmetics companies, including OROGOLD, will happily allow you to try out their products in store, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Added fragrances can be a problem for any skin type, but even more so for those with sensitive skin. However, consumers tend to shop with their noses when it comes to many cosmetics products, which is why a fragrance is often needed. In addition to this, many of the natural ingredients used may not always smell appealing, so a fragrance disguises this well. The term fragrance is extremely loose, and many companies hide all sorts of chemicals under that one ingredient, which is why those with sensitive skin should always avoid a product that contains a fragrance, as you will never truly be able to find out what that fragrance is made of.
Don’t Believe the Marketing Terms
If you have sensitive skin, you are likely to be well aware of the fact that there is already a huge array of products out there marketed specifically to you, with claims that they are ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘dermatologist tested’ or simply just ‘gentle’. What many consumers don’t realize is that there are no standards at all, be it medical, scientific or simply regulatory, that companies need to meet when claiming that their products are ‘hypoallergenic’. Instead, these terms are just marketing tactics that you should all be aware of, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Always Read the Ingredient List
As mentioned earlier, rather than believing the claims that are on the front of the packaging, those with sensitive skin would be best off looking at the ingredient list for a product that they are wanting to buy. In addition to being fragrance-free, the product should also be free of parabens, as this is another major skin irritant. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that those with sensitive skin should be looking for products that contain ten ingredients or less, as formulas that are more complicated than this will be likely to cause a reaction from your skin.
Although choosing products for sensitive skin may be difficult, once you have found a product that works for you, you will be able to use it for the rest of your life. Many brands have cosmetics lines that have been created specifically for sensitive skin, such as OROGOLD’s Lielle Sensitive Skin Collection, so take a look at these, as they will contain ingredients that are designed to soothe and calm the skin rather than cause a flare up.