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How do I know if a product will suit my skin?

How do I know if a product will suit my skin?

The best thing is to check the ingredients and ensure they are free from harsh preservatives and chemicals.  Always choose natural or organic.  Then purchase a trial or sample size.  Then do a patch test.  Even products with pure ingredients may contain something you are allergic to. To perform a patch test, apply a small amount of the product to a non-inflamed area of skin in a discreet place, either behind the ear or the inside of your elbow are good places.  Then wait for 24 hours.  If you have no reaction, the product is probably suitable for you.

What can I use on my sensitive skin?

  • There are many products suitable for sensitive skin. If you have allergies then obviously avoid anything with those ingredients in.  Also beware of hypoallergenic labels.  These are no guarantee that the product will not cause irritations, depending on what it is that irritates your skin.  The most common ingredients that cause skin irritation are harsh preservatives and chemicals.  Choose natural and organic products and look at the ingredients.  Avoid parabens (of all types; these can be called Methylparaben/Propylparaben/Butylparaben/Ethylparaben).  Also Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)– has recently been linked to a rise in cases of eczema and dermatitis. Some professionals including many doctors would like to see a ban on its use in personal care products.

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