Truth about fragrance in skincare
What is a fragrance?Fragrance, also commonly listed as perfume or parfum, is a mix of synthetic ingredients or essential oils used in your skincare product. If ‘fragrance/purfum’ is listed in the ingredients, it has been added additionally to alter the smell of the product and usually represent the synthetic fragrance. You can also locate essential oils used, they are generally mentioned at the end of ingredients list.
How skin reacts to fragrance?Fragrances in your skincare, whether synthetic perfume or natural essential oils impart their aroma through a volatile reaction. This reaction almost always causes a sensitizing reaction on skin. Research has proved that fragrances in skincare products are among the most common cause of sensitizing and other negative skin reactions.
And this is true for ALL skin types, not just those with sensitive or redness-prone skin.
Is fragrance bad for your skin?The American Academy of Dermatology reported fragrances to be the leading reason behind allergies on the skin. They’ve been reported to cause types of dermatitis and rashes, and about 35% of people report migraines or respiratory problems.
Studies by the Environmental Working Group revealed nearly 75% of all fragranced products contain phthalates. This risk is from just one of the 4,000 possible chemicals that could be in your synthetic fragrance. Not what you would like when treating yourself to a calming pamper session!
You may not see any redness / rashes on your skin while using fragranced skincare, but it’s causing inflammation at the cellular level and you’ll see the impact over time. It’s like if you don’t wear sunscreen when you are younger – years later sunspots, pigmentation and other skin damage starts to uncover.
Why is, then fragrance in your skincare?Knowing this, you would possibly wonder, with all the proven negative effects of fragrances - why would brands still include these in their products?
As humans, we make strong connections to scents. Cosmetic companies know this, and influence purchases decision by adding fragrances.
It also comes down to the fact that most raw ingredients and chemicals in your skincare, do not smell that great.
And, very importantly, as natural ingredients in your product degrade over time, especially in jar packaged product, these fragrances mask the unpleasant odour.
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