Ingredients that can irritate
WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR SKIN
* SYNTHETIC SKINCARE
It can be dif cult to know the origins of the products used in our skincare routine. “There’s no need to use synthetic ingredients on our skin,” says Rebecca Martin, creator of Conscious Skincare handmade products (www.conscious-skincare.com). “There are always alternatives. Nature, as usual, can offer something just as good – I use a vegan-friendly version of hyaluronic acid made from recognisable natural ingredients, such as brewer’s yeast.”
* CHEMICAL IRRITANTS
Many chemical skincare ingredients are actually known irritants; these include sodium laurel sulphates, arti cial fragrances, parabens, preservatives and phthalates. It’s easy to identify them on labels – look for products that don’t contain them.
* WATER WOES
In the quest for calming our irritated skin, even for babies and children, one factor that’s often forgotten is the water we use to bathe in. It’s full of chlorine, which is extremely drying for the skin. An easy x is to use a lter. The Sensitive Skincare Company (www.sensitiveskincareco.com) make a de-chlorination lter that ts onto a shower attachment, or a ball to hang from your bath taps to lter as you go.