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Are fragrance in skincare bad and cause skin irritations?

Published 3 months ago

Honestly, a lot of skincare smells pleasant or sometimes even delicious! It can be very exciting, relaxing and even fun to apply skincare because of the scent. But in the current times where “clean beauty” exists, lots of people are being cautious about fragrances in skincare because of the potential in causing allergic reactions. So the big question is, should we avoid fragrances in skincare at all costs? Well, let us break it down for you!

 

 

Why are fragrances added and the truth about it

Honestly, there are a lot of different and complex reasons. But, we’ll break down the reasons and answers that you’ll need to know.

The most common reason is that most people (let’s all be honest now) prefer pleasantly scented skincare over ones that smell horrid because the scent factor really plays a role in motivating or demotivating you in consistently using the product. 

The other reason why fragrances are added into skincare is because some ingredients with fragrances actually help with preserving or enhancing the benefits of the product such as stabilising the formulation, help with skin penetration and effectiveness in solving skin concerns! So, It’s actually kind of ridiculous for brands or for people to completely demonise fragrances in skincare products.

 

So, who should avoid skincare products?

Even though fragrances are not all that bad, they can still potentially cause skin irritations for a small percentage of people. People who have extremely sensitive skin with symptoms like eczema, rosacea, atopic dermatitis or anything serious should avoid it. As for people who don’t have any serious skin concerns, which are the majority, you don’t have to avoid fragrances in products because again, it’s NOT BAD. 

 

So, these are some of the community favourite skincare products that contain fragrance but perform extremely well. 

 

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser

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Some By Mi Snail Truecica Miracle Toner

Some By Mi Snail Truecica Miracle Toner 135ml - Buy Now

 

Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum

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Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask

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Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule Cream

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