If you had the choice, would you add synthetic dyes and perfumes into your cream before applying to your skin? It may seem extreme, but if you’re not in the habit of checking labels, that choice is being made for you. Why would skincare companies put perfume and dye into something that’s supposed to improve your skin when research says it does the opposite?
Aesthetics play a major role in commercial skincare products. Ask any cosmetic chemist, and they’ll tell you that certain ingredients are added solely to improve a product’s looks. Quite often, these ingredients do more damage than good. A bad skin reaction is not always visible. Think of prolonged sun exposure that doesn’t necessarily cause a burn. Your skin still reacts to the sun. Give it enough time, and you’ll see the evidence. It’s the same with sensitizing cosmetic ingredients. You may not immediately develop hives, but over time, your skin can end up looking weathered. And what’s the solution? Wear foundation.
Wouldn’t it be better to focus on improving the health of your skin rather than covering up problems? To start, ditch the aesthetic ingredients that are known to damage skin. The top irritating ingredient used in skincare products today is fragrance. Companies use fragrance because of the undeniable pleasure it gives us. Think of fruity hair shampoo, or rose-scented face creams – the scent is invigorating. As enjoyable as the fragrance is, it’s not helping your skin. In fact, the stronger the perfume, the harder it is on your skin. Fragrance is naturally volatile. The volatile reaction is the reason you can smell it in the first place.
The solution is simple: go fragrance-free. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, opting for fragrance-free products is best for overall skin health. While it’s challenging to find unscented options from big brands, you can find quality products on popular ecommerce platforms like Etsy. BotanistBoutique is one example of a small business focused on providing folks with alternatives to synthetically dyed and perfumed beauty products. They have everything from a simple skin cream to unscented shampoos and conditioners for people who prioritize the quality of a product over its aesthetics. After all, beautiful skin is healthy skin.