Ingredients to avoid if your skin is sensitive

Ingredients to avoid if your skin is sensitive

Keeping your skin healthy and free of reactions can be a challenge for sensitive skin. All of us who suffer from sensitive or reactive skin have bought a cosmetic product that has ended up irritating our skin. Today we want to make a small list of those chemical agents that make life impossible for us.


Fragrances, whether natural or synthetic, are a sensitizer that always ends up irritating sensitive skins. Even if they are natural fragrances? That’s right, any fragrance will generate odor through a volatile reaction, and very much to our regret, this translates into skin sensitization. 

Some of the aromatic ingredients that cause more reactions are:

Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Rose flower extract (Rosa damascena)
Bergamot oil (Citrus bergamia)
Ylang-ylang oil (Canaga odorata)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia or Citrus medica)
Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Tangerine (Citrus tangerine)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum)

In addition to fragrances, these are other ingredients that if you find in a cosmetic product you should not buy:

Parabens: Parabens are a type of preservative, introduced in the 50s, to prolong the life of many cosmetic products, preventing the growth of mold and bacteria. 

Sulphates: Some ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurel sulfate.

Sun creams with active ingredients such as:

  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Homosalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone
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