In today’s complex skincare world, trying to keep up with the details of the countless ingredients in your products can feel like a full-time job. As fragrance free and hypoallergenic skincare formulas increase in popularity, it’s worth considering whether changing up your regular products may benefit your sensitive skin.
Is fragrance in skincare good or bad? Which ingredients should you avoid if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin? These are just a few of the questions to consider if you’re looking to take a gentler approach to skincare. That’s why we’ve created this guide to hypoallergenic and fragrance-free skincare to help you understand the benefits of minimal formulas, as well as how to create a simple gentler skincare routine. Keep reading to learn our expert sensitive and allergy-prone skin recommendations.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SENSITIVE OR ALLERGY-PRONE SKIN?
Skin allergies and sensitive skin are their own distinct concerns, however the signs of both can sometimes overlap. Skin allergies happen when your skin reacts to a particular substance you’re allergic to. The symptoms of a skin allergy can include redness, swelling, bumps, sensations of itching and a rash. In contrast, sensitive skin is a more general term referring to a skin type that’s easily upset by various triggers, rather than only by allergens. This can include factors like changing weather, environmental stressors and friction. Signs of sensitive skin include redness, reactive changes in the skin, dryness, breakouts and more.
WHY OPT FOR GENTLE SKINCARE?
Everyone’s skin has different needs and aligning your skincare routine with these needs is the key to achieving optimal benefits for your complexion. If you have allergy-prone skin, sensitive skin or sensitised skin, consciously curating your hypoallergenic skincare routine to include only minimalist formulas can aid in the management of uncomfortable or unwanted symptoms.
At La Roche-Posay, we’ve formulated our Toleriane range specifically for skin prone to sensitivity and allergies. These minimal formulas are free from common ingredients associated with sensitivities including fragrances, alcohol and parabens. Furthermore, our gentle cleansers, serums and moisturisers are enriched with comforting ingredients to help support and care for your skin.
When you’re thinking about switching to a gentle skincare routine, it’s helpful to understand the different elements at play. Hypoallergenic products are those formulated without any commonly known allergens, to suit people who are allergic to fragrances, preservatives or other ingredients commonly found in skincare products. All La Roche-Posay Toleriane products are formulated with a minimalist, hypoallergenic approach.
FRAGRANCE FREE SKINCARE
Another consideration when building a gentle routine is the role of fragrance ingredients in skincare. Can fragrance in skincare cause a reaction? Yes, if you have an allergy to this type of ingredient. This is one of many reasons you may wish to seek out fragrance-free formulas, many of which can be found within our La Roche-Posay ranges.
BUILD YOUR GENTLE SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH LA ROCHE-POSAY
Start your new gentle skincare routine off right by choosing a cleanser that hydrates your skin as it cleans. Rather than stripping natural moisture from your skin, our Toleriane Caring Wash Hydrating Cleanser utilises gentle surfactant coco-betaine to remove makeup and impurities without drying your skin.
Four expertly selected caring ingredients hydrate sensitive skin – namely comforting niacinamide, moisturising glycerin, supportive panthenol and La Roche-Posay Thermal Springwater. This fragrance-free skincare formula minimises the chances of triggering sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
Carefully lather a small amount of this milky cleanser formula onto damp skin, before rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry.
Now that your skin is clean and purified, it’s time to provide some nourishing hydration via hypoallergenic skincare ingredients. Dryness can exacerbate sensitive and allergy-prone skin, so you’ll want to choose an ultra-hydrating serum enriched with ingredients like hyaluronic acid alongside gentle ingredients designed to comfort your skin and support the natural moisture barrier.
Our Toleriane Ultra Dermallergo Hydrating Serum is scientifically proven to reduce skin sensitivities in 28 days by reducing discomfort and supporting the skin moisture barrier. Hyaluronic acid draws in moisture, while Neurosensine comforts and cares for your skin to help visibly reduce redness.
Distribute a few drops of serum over your entire face, pressing into your skin as needed.
Locking in some moisture is an important part of caring for allergy-prone or sensitive skin, so you’ll need to follow up your hydrating serum with a hypoallergenic moisturiser. Our Toleriane Dermallergo Fluid Lightweight Moisturiser. Powered by microbiome science, this advanced formula comforts signs of sensitive and sensitised skin thanks to prebiotic Sphingobioma and Neurosensine.
A thin layer is enough to care for your skin, applied over your entire face and neck.
SENSITIVE FORMULA EYE CREAM
The skin around your eye area is especially sensitive, due to its thin and delicate nature.
For these reasons, we recommend using a gentle skincare eye cream formulated specifically for sensitive skin. Our Toleriane Dermallergo Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin is designed as an eye care lotion that simultaneously hydrates, protects and comforts the vulnerable eye contour area. Antioxidant La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water protects against free radicals, while niacinamide comforts the skin.
Gently dab over your eye contour and eyelids, avoiding any rubbing motions.
Enjoyed this guide on gentle and fragrance-free skincare? Learn more about sensitive and allergy-prone skin by reading our next article Five Reasons your Skin is Suddenly Sensitive.
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