Sensitive skin? Stick to skincare products with simple, short ingredient lists

Everyone has a skin flare from time to time and usually it is caused by an allergic reaction to a specific ingredient. Simple ingredient lists are easy to check, complex ones more difficult.

Nobody wants to have a breakout and when you have sensitive skin the first rule of avoiding reactions is to stick to products with as few ingredients as possible.

Take Dr. Andrew Weil’ For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask which sells in the USA for $38. It’s a product that earns 4.5 stars from Sephora reviewers but their judgements fall into two distinct categories: users either love it or they hate it. Many found it resolved their skin problems and praise it from the rooftops but others, admittedly smaller in number said it caused additional redness and irritation.

Here are the 50 or so ingredients in Dr. Andrew Weil’s product:

Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Peg-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax\\Candelilla Cera\\Cire De Candelilla, Kaolin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil** Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil**, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil**, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil**, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Oil ***, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol,, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract*, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis (Mushroom) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract*, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sucrose*, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Yeast Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sorbitol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Sterols, Charcoal Powder, Phytosphingosine, Fuscoporia Obliqua Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Dextrin, Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol.

There is nothing much wrong with any individual ingredient on the list and there are some excellent ingredients contained within the product. But when you get to highly complex blends of numerous ingredients you raise the chance of the buyer hitting one they have a negative reaction to.

Many people have adverse reactions to citrus and reactions to wheat and corn protein allergies are also common, yet both are contained in a product which is supposed to clear up skin reactions not cause them.

When it comes to sensitive skin and choosing a skincare product you should always read the label for any ingredients that you feel may cause you problems; and if in doubt go for simpler formulations where the contents are familiar and have been used by humans to ease skin conditions over centuries.



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