- 01. Alcohol
- 02. Ammonium lauryl sulfate
- 03. Octinoxate
- 04. Synthetic fragrance
- 05. Methylisothiazolinone
- 06. Synthetic emollients
- 07. Synthetic dyes
Many toners that claim to give your an instant matte finish often contain alcohol in them. They zap the natural oils out of your skin, leading to itchy, irritated and angry skin. This is worse when dealing with sensitive skin as alcohol can trigger issues like redness and dried-out patches of skin. Therefore, looking for an alcohol-free toner like the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner that does the job without irritating the skin.
02. Ammonium lauryl sulfate
ALS, SLS and SLES are the ingredients that are responsible for creating lather in face washes. They give you the false sense of being uber cleansing but can cause irritate your sensitive skin. Avoiding them completely will lead to healthier skin. Opt for a cream cleanser like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. It is 100% soap-free and super nourishing for sensitive skin.
Octinoxate, and similar chemicals like avobenzone and oxybenzone, are often used in most sunscreens to filter UVB rays from the sun. While they have little to no effect on normal skin, sensitive skin’s microbiome can really suffer from their presence. Thus, it’s best to pick a physical or mineral sunscreen for your sensitive skin.
04. Synthetic fragrance
Synthetic fragrances' present is lotions, moisturisers and masks can react with sensitive skin causing inflammation and damage to the inner layers of the skin. Fragrances are not essential for the product to work; so, sticking to unscented products is the best bet for sensitive skin. Opt for a soothing formula like the Simple Kind To Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask, it calms your stressed-out skin and infuses essential nutrients for deep nourishment.
This one might be a mouthful to pronounce, but it also happens to be one of the most common preservatives used in skincare products. The ingredient is known to trigger allergies in sensitive skin and should be avoided at all costs. We recommend doing a label check for this big baddie!
06. Synthetic emollients
Synthetic emollients like liquid paraffin and mineral oil clog pores, cause a build-up of bacteria and instead of moisturising your skin from within, just sits on the topmost layer not allowing your skin to breathe. Use products with plant oils like avocado and jojoba for your sensitive skin instead!
07. Synthetic dyes
Most skincare manufactures rely on synthetic dyes to add colour to their products. These can wreak havoc on sensitive skin by causing breakouts and rashes. Choose products like the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser that is free of synthetic dyes and suitable for sensitive skin.