Fragrance in skin care are one of the most common causes of skin reactions, such as contact dermatitis or skin rash. They also can create respiratory problems and lead to allergies.
But this does not stop brands loading up their skin products with fragrance, either in the form of fragrance oils or essential oils. Sometimes they do this to mask the smell of other ingredients in their skin care formulations, but usually because consumers say they enjoy it as part of their experience of applying their skin care products.
Next time you are swayed to buy a product based on that luscious scent, consider what happens when you use a body wash, shampoo, conditioner, body cream, cleanser, face serum, moisturiser and sunscreen all containing fragrance oils! Any nose is going to be under assault, yet alone your skin. All these fragrance oils are really not necessary in the skin care and personal care products we use.
At SKIN CLINICA, we always prefer skin care products that are free of fragrance oils or unscented, irrespective of whether the fragrance is synthetically derived or naturally derived. Fragrance is a skin aggravating and photo-sensitising ingredient.
Dermatologists generally recommend skin care products that are free of fragrance oils and essential oils, as they can cause irritation to sensitive skin, worsen skin conditions and be a trigger for people with allergies.
Skin care brands can claim a product is fragrance-free, but that does not mean it is scent-free. Skin care formulators will often use ingredients that contain masking fragrances to make their products more appealing or to cover up the scent of other ingredients.
Read our page on Essential Oils in Skin Care to find out why essential oils they can be equally irritating to your skin. Just because a skin care product is labelled natural does not always mean it is better or safer for your skin.
If you really like fragrance to be a highlight of your product experience, try limiting yourself to cleansers and body washes, as they get removed form the skin so there is less chance of contact dermatitis or skin sensitisation.
When it comes to skin care products, such as serums and moisturisers, it is best for you and your skin to choose products that do not have fragrance oils.