The Truth About Synthetic Fragrances in Skincare
There are two overarching categories of fragrance: synthetic and natural.
Synthetic, or artificial, fragrances are often used in skincare and beauty products to add a pleasant scent and to mask the smell of an ingredient that might deter you from using said skincare product.
However, these synthetic fragrances might be doing more harm than they are good.
How Synthetic Fragrances Might Be Effecting You
First, many artificial fragrances are made up of a complex mixture of chemicals, which can be difficult to identify and test for safety. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions in some people, leading to symptoms such as redness, itching, and irritation.
Additionally, some of the ingredients used in artificial fragrances, such as phthalates, can disrupt the endocrine system and have been linked to various health issues, including cancer, reproductive and developmental problems.
Finally, fragrances can be especially problematic for people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema, as they can further irritate the skin and exacerbate symptoms.
What To Look For On Ingredient Panels
It is important to read ingredient list of products, and to avoid the ones which contains synthetic fragrance or Parfum. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid products that contain artificial fragrances altogether and opt for products that are labeled as "fragrance-free" or that use essential oils to provide a natural scent.