Having sensitive skin can be incredibly irritating (both physically and psychologically), and shopping for sensitive skin products can be even worse. Here's the silver lining: the ingredients that irritate you, such as "fragrance," are actually pretty bad for you, too. According to the Environmental Working Group, a product that lists "fragrance" or "parfum" on the label may be hiding a pretty ugly truth: "[the term] represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system."
So don't feel sad about missing out on perfumed lotions and cleansers — by going fragrance-free, you're doing yourself a solid. Take a look at these for starters.
Fragrance-Free Facial Serum
Fragrance-Free Body Cream
Fragrance-Free Eye Cream
Unscented deodorant? Surprisingly, it’s not an oxymoron. This fragrance-free version has orange, lemon, and linseed extracts to keep you fragrance free, too.
Fragrance-Free Facial Cleanser
Sensitive skin needs a gentle skin cleansing routine — no sebum-stripping or over-exfoliating here, please. This cleansing “milk” helps battle oily skin and breakouts without a single harsh ingredient.
Fragrance-Free Skin Relief
And if your skin is feeling generally itchy and irritated, whether because your cheeks are wind-chapped or someone at the Bloomingdale’s makeup counter just drenched you with Chanel No. 5, this soothing spray uses one ingredient and one ingredient only: coconut oil. Spray it onto irritated skin for all-natural relief, no scents in sight.