Among the substances in skincare that you should avoid, perfumes are not always mentioned immediately. While synthetic perfumes are the number 1 cause of allergic skin reactions, and more than one in four adults has a skin allergy.
A (contact) skin allergy is caused by exposing the skin to an allergenic substance. If you come into contact with a certain amount of this substance often enough, your skin can give an allergic reaction from one moment to the next. This allergy is chronic and the skin can no longer tolerate anything that contains this substance. Preventing a perfume allergy is therefore very important.
Perfume in your skin
Perfume residues remain in the upper layers of the skin. If you put products on your skin that contain perfume every day, your skin is full of residues of these substances. The annoying thing about these substances is that, in addition to the risk of a contact allergy, they are often phototoxic. This means that they react under the influence of (sun)light and will inflame the skin. You probably know the summer tip, not to sit in the sun with perfume on, because it gives dark spots. Perfumes can thus promote (hyper)pigmentation. But also bumps, itching, and burning can be a reaction of perfumes in the sun. A phototoxic reaction is not always so pronounced that it is clearly visible on the skin but always leads to skin damage and skin aging.
What is it made of?
Perfume is made from natural land/or synthetic fragrances. Natural fragrances are obtained from plant sources and are much more expensive than synthetic ones. These are of petrochemical origin and are made in a factory. Synthetic fragrances can obtain very harmful substances such as nitrobenzene, benzaldehyde or phenol.
Both natura land synthetic fragrances can cause an allergic reaction Essential oils also contain allergens, but the chance of a reaction is much lower. Especially if the oils are of a pure (organic) quality. In some cases, they have such a strong therapeutic effect on the skin, that it outweighs the risk of an allergic reaction.
Check the ingredient list
Unfortunately, perfume – also called ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ – is not easily found on the ingredient list of a product. Only ‘perfume’ is sufficient to keep the secret of the scent, so you don’t know whether it is natural or synthetic. Are you in doubt? Ask the manufacturer of the product and he will always be able to answer you. However, if you stop using (synthetically) perfumed products for a while, you will soon be able to smell whether something is perfumed or not. You experience the smell so strongly that you usually find it too intense and not so nice.
Witlof uses essential oils
Witlof Skincare does not use synthetic fragrances, but organic quality essential oils and natural floral waters for the fragrance.
- The Cleansing Mousse contains frangipani oil, for a wonderful, relaxing scent and therapeutic effect.
- The Nourishing Facial Cream and Cleansing Milk contain a natural blend of different essential oils for a soft floral scent.
- The Balancing Toner contains cornflower and rose water for a fresh, soft scent
Our other products have no added fragrance and simply smell like the ingredients in them, such as rosehip seed or hazelnut oil.
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