Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Are you sensitive to fragrance?

Perfumeries started out using pure essential oils and floral waters as fragrances way back when. Then with the arrival of science, synthetic fragrances were born. Most perfumes today are made up predominantly or entirely of synthetics. Synthetics are usually cheaper ingredients and can be an affront to your senses. When pure essences are used, you are getting a pleasant scent and sensation although you are going to pay premium prices for this all-natural interlude.

With strong, synthetic fragrances, your olfactory (smell) glands go into overdrive, and many times a headache will follow. Many people get headaches simply from walking through the department store cosmetic and fragrance areas, especially when the salespeople are so eagerly spraying perfumes at you left and right. (I happen to be one of those people.)

When fragrance is used as an ingredient in skin care products, you may get headaches from this as well. You may experience topical intolerances such as red, rashy skin, or even breakout. This can be due to an allergic response or intolerance to a particular fragrance. (Synthetic fragrance is a common ingredient in many skin care products.)

Because how a product smells greatly influences your desire to purchase it, companies will put their trademark fragrance in most or all of their skin care products, hoping to entice you to buy them. If you are not sensitive to fragrance, these products will probably not cause you problems. But if you are sensitive, watch out. It won’t take long for your skin to give you a clear and unmistakable signal that it does not like a product you are using.

Pay attention to any warning signs (redness, itching, irritation, rashes, breakout) when using a new skin care product. If it contains fragrance, you may have to opt for a more natural product, one that utilizes natural fragrances, such as essential oils. These natural essences give products wonderful aromas without the irritations caused by synthetic fragrances.

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