November 5, 2012

Fragrance-free cosmetics are developing

Did you know that up to 72 % of asthmatics are affected by fragrance? And if you’re in the 60% of people who have a sensitive skin, you should think about the fact that the fragrance in your lotions and moisturizers might be the one who makes your skin react badly. In these conditions, there’s no wonder that 28% of people prefer skincare without a scent. This was revealed in a research made by Mintel.

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting says there are more than 5,000 synthetic fragrance compounds used by the beauty industry. She believes that most of the allergies are because of cosmetic products, and advices avoiding perfumed products: “Fragrance is often used in skincare to give products a sense of indulgence, but it doesn’t serve a functional purpose and can irritate or induce allergic contact dermatitis, causing redness, burning, itching and swelling.”

This is why companies already started to produce fragrance-free products. Olay’s newest product is an unscented version of its Regenerist 3-Point Treatment Cream, and even Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, known for its cocoa smell, made a fragrance free formula.

Still, it is not easy to find completely fragrance-free products. Although some companies try to produce them, many may contain natural ingredients that have slight scents. Even synthetic ingredients that are used to cancel out the product’s natural scent have a fragrance.

That’s why it is very important to read the labels with the ingredients. If the word ‘parfum’ is there, it contains fragrance, even if you can’t smell anything. Here are some of the best choices:

Skin Recovery Cream Avene, $16,72,

Lypicar Syndet Gel, La Roche Posay, $22,50,

Bioderma Sensibio Light, $13,93,