Got sensitive skin? We know you have a restricted skincare routine and you don’t trust products that say ‘for all skin types’, ‘gentle’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ because of past bad experiences.  Secondly, you cannot try new, lavish products because you never know which ingredient might give you a flare-up, right? We get it, you are no chemist but having sensitive skin makes it vital to be able to identify the culprits from the elusive skincare labels. Lucky for you we’ve identified these baddies.

These are the irritants you need to keep at bay from your sensitive skin...

Perfume and artificial fragrance
 

Perfume and artificial fragrance

Scent is the first thing any skin expert or dermatologist asks you to stay away from if you have sensitive skin. The floral face wash that claims to be infused with the goodness of real rose petals may have zero petals in it. Instead of falling for false claims, look out for fragrance-free unscented products when you’re reading labels in the beauty aisle.

Denatured alcohol
 

Denatured alcohol

Labelled as Alcohol Denat, SD Alcohol or Isopropyl this baddie can rip off natural oils from the skin. This dehydrator damages good skin cells and breaks down skin’s barrier making it susceptible to damage. Witch Hazel is an excellent skincare superhero that tones the skin without leaving it feeling dry and tight.

SLS
 

SLS

A foaming agent usually found in facial cleansers and shampoos, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is a major issue for sensitive skin. Foaming agents are harsh and mess the protective layer of the skin resulting in red, dry and inflamed skin. Avoid it at all cost.

Soap
 

Soap

We know what you’re thinking soap has been around for longer than most of us so how can it be bad for our skin? The truth is soap has a higher pH than that of our skin and ends up stripping the natural oils making it dry and irritated. Opt for a soap-free cleanser instead which does not disrupt the skin’s moisture barrier.

Artificial colours and dyes
 

Artificial colours and dyes

Do you love to give your skin a surge of moisture with your favourite pastel coloured lotion? Most often these are artificial colours and dyes loaded with irritating chemicals. No prizes for guessing, when your skin comes in contact with these irritants it gives you a flare-up, therefore watch out for this baddie!

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If you are looking for products that prompt clean skin care, minus these irritants we suggest you opt for the newly launched Simple Skin Care Range.