Did you read our post on the FDA's definition of the word "Hypoallergenic"?
Spoiler alert, it means anything the company wants it to mean. Apparently words only sometimes have meaning.
So that's why we don't bother putting any of that nonsense on our labels, but are our products good for sensitive skin? How do we know? What ingredients should people with sensitive skin be looking for? I can hear your thoughts. Let's dive in.
1. It's not you it's your Cleanser. Really. Would you wash your face with a grease stripper? Before you answer that, you probably already have. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and it's ever changing names (Sodium dodecyl sulfate, Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, Sodium salt sulfuric acid, Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid, A13-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, Aquarex methyl, Ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl ether sulfate) is a petroleum-based grease-stripper. Like what a mechanic might use to wipe car oil off of his hands. And most people put that on their face twice a day. So yeah, your skin got irritated and reactionary.
2. Toners with alcohol and astringents are irritating. They claim to shrink your pores. And pores shrink when you put alcohol on them because skin is smart and doesn't want to absorb alcohol. But alcohol and astringents are irritating to the skin.
3. Mineral oil is the basis for almost all mass distributed moisturizers and serums. It's also an irritant.
So avoid that mess. And use oils that have therapeutic properties: Tamarind Seed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Aragan Oil, and Meadow foam Oil. Tamanu extract. Matcha Tea.
EDIT: Introduce the idea that it's more about what you don't do than about what you do. Because we are working against 50 years of mass media marketing here. And we are all trained. So we need to unlearn a few things and shuffle a couple ideas around. It's not that difficult. This article is not going to blow your mind. But if you follow it your sensitive skin will become your skin. and thats the goal. Lets begin.