Perhaps you had a bad experience when you tried an unfamiliar product on your skin. Perhaps someone has diagnosed you with ‘sensitive skin.’
The truth is that everyone’s skin will be sensitive to some substances in strong enough doses. We also react differently to stressors in the environment. If you have ever suffered a skin condition such as periorificial dermatitis after using a new skincare product, here are some things to keep in mind.
Firstly, look out for products where the active ingredients have been well researched. With Ao, we aim to minimise the risk of adverse reactions by choosing substances that do not come with a high risk of side effects. Clinical trials suggest this approach pays off.
Secondly, go easy on the moisturiser. Contrary to what you might have been told, your skin does not always react well to being continually pumped full of water. It may interfere with skin functioning and set off an unwelcome reaction. Try a ‘Low Mo’ (low moisturiser) approach instead.
Finally, pay attention to the analyses of independent authorities such as the Environmental Working Group. Ao products have been thoroughly reviewed by this consumer watchdog, which looks closely at every active ingredient to spot any troublesome ones. A clean bill of health is very important here.
Independent authorities such as the EWG have found that the most common cause of side effects are fragrances, emulsifying agents and preservatives. Ao products actively avoid these substances, so there’s a better than average chance they won’t trigger a reaction in your ‘sensitive skin.’