How many times have you bought skin care products and fallen in love with their scent? Perhaps one of the things that drives us more to choose one product over another is its smell, in addition to its benefits, of course. But have you ever wondered why skin care products contain a scented scent? What is its effect on the skin? These and other questions will be answered in the following lines. Do not hesitate to continue reading the following lines for more details. 

What are scented skin care products?

Perfumed skin care products are products that are used for several purposes related to improving the health of the skin, but they contain fragrances. There are two types of perfumes that can usually be added: natural perfumes, which are extracted from natural ingredients such as jasmine, lemon, and lavender, and there are also synthetic perfumes, which are manufactured in laboratories by resorting to some chemicals. Natural perfumes can also be added to these materials.

From here, it should be noted that it is necessary to read the contents of the product well and not rely solely on the apparent smell because this smell may be caused by natural ingredients that do not harm the skin. Also, the product may be without smell, but it contains ingredients that harm sensitive skin, for example the following ingredients may negatively affect this type of skin: linalool, eugenol, citronellol and limonene.

Are scented skin care products harmful?

Scented skincare products are absolutely not harmful. So far, there is no evidence that these products may negatively affect different skin types, except for sensitive ones. Hence, applying these products to sensitive skin may cause some symptoms. You ask yourself, what are these symptoms? 

What are the symptoms of applying scented skin care products?

If the skin is sensitive, it may be affected when applying some scented skin care products and may show the following symptoms:

  • skin redness
  • dermatitis
  • Itchy skin
  • The appearance of pimples on the skin
  • Changes in skin color

These scented products may also cause headaches caused by inhaling odors, if you suffer from this problem.

Why are perfumes added to skin care products?

Perfumes are usually added to skin care products in order to attract the consumer, so that these scents may be a reason to purchase the product. Alternatively, scents may be added to products in order to mitigate the odors of potentially unpleasant chemicals used in the manufacture of these products.

How do you know if scented skin care products are bad for your skin?

If you are not sure whether you are allergic to a scented product or not, it is best to test by placing a small amount on the inside of your arm or behind your ear. If you do not show any signs of allergy, it should be safe to use on the skin. 

When should you stay away from scented skin care products?

Of course, if you have sensitive skin, or are allergic to retinol, for example, you should avoid using scented products. Also, you should stay away from them, if you apply these products and have the symptoms that we mentioned to you earlier.