While everybody loves things that smell nice there’s good reason to avoid fragrance and perfumes in your skin care and makeup – especially if you have sensitive skin or conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne.
Whether from synthetic or natural origin (including essential oils such as lavender and citrus ingredients too) fragrance is a skin irritant. They are sensitising and the most common cause of allergic reactions. Irritation and inflammation inhibit skins ability to heal and encourage collagen to break down leading to redness, rashes, wrinkles and seriously unhappy skin.
The effects are cumulative so may not show on the surface straight after applying if you have normal skin. However skin that’s already compromised by conditions like rosacea or sensitive post laser treatments, fragrance is bad news.
High concentrations of fragrance are now the norm in most skincare and many makeup products. So it can take quite a bit of time, research and reading labels to discover which ones are truly free from fragrance. Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you and recommend these brands to get you started.
These brand products are all fragrance free:
- Cerave www.amazon.co.uk
- Paula’s Choice www.paulaschoice.co.uk
- Drunk Elephant www.drunkelephant.com www.sephora.com
These brands include mostly fragrance free products but not all so check the labels:
- La Roche Posay