Skin Care November 10, 2016

Ingredients Sensitive Skin Types Should Avoid

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If you have sensitive skin, you know that finding skin care ingredients that don’t cause more problems for your skin can be a challenge.  With so many different products and ingredients available on the market, it can also be difficult to actually determine what products to use or not use.  There’s been a lot of research and experts coming forward and sharing certain things to avoid in certain products – thankfully!  If you’re confused about what NOT to use, we’re sharing some ingredients sensitive skin types should avoid to give you a starting place.

Lauryl Sulfates
Sulfates have become an ingredient of debate, on whether they’re actually safe or not.  Until we really discover the truth behind whether sulfates are safe or not, they should be avoided if you have sensitive skin.  Sulfates are actually an ingredient that creates the lather you develop while using them. They’re often found in body wash, cleansers and even toothpaste.  The reason they should be avoided, is they’ve been known to cause increased irritation in the skin when used.  The struggle is that so many products to include sulfates as an ingredient, experts suggest eliminating sulfates if you have problematic skin – at least for a couple of weeks and do a check on how your skin is doing, many have found that their skin looks and feels much better.

Alcohol
While you may think of alcohol in terms of getting a drink with your girls for a night out, many skin care products also contain alcohol.  While alcohol is known to be great at killing bacteria, it can also wreak havoc on your skin.  The reason being is alcohol is known to cause drying, and when you have sensitive skin, it can essentially lead to your skin being too dry, really messing up the moisture levels of your skin.  Many skin toners and even creams have been found to contain alcohol, so if you do have sensitive skin, it is wise to check to see if any of your products do have alcohol and switch them out for something different.

Fragrances
This is a big one among experts across the board. If you’re dealing with sensitivity in your skin, avoid anything with fragrances in it as fragrances are known to cause a lot of irritation for sensitive skin types.  In addition, it’s been found that fragrances can also lead to causing inflammation to arise as well as other issues in your skin.  Instead, opt for products that are fragrance-free to ensure that you don’t have to deal with any additional struggles with your skin from this ingredient.

When it comes to having sensitive skin, the ingredients that are in your skin care products can play a major role in how your skin is functioning.  Because we use these products on a daily basis, they can either help or hurt our skin.  Check your skin care products for any of these ingredients and consider switching them for alternatives that will better suit your skin type.

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