Ingredients to Avoid for Sensitive Skin

how to care for sensitive skinI count myself lucky that my skin reacts well to new products, treatments, and environments. That's not to say I don't have the occasional blemish or a rotating list of concerns, but sensitivity isn't one of them. I'm in the minority when it comes to sensitive skin, so it's important for all of your spa team to stay informed about the best options for sensitive skin concerns. When treating sensitive skin or choosing a line of products to use on these clients, there are certain known irritants that should be avoided. “The list of potentially irritating skincare ingredients is very long,” says Susanna DiSotto, director of marketing at Satin Smooth. “Most of the best loved acids, botanicals, essential oils, fragrances, emulsifiers, and preservatives are the worst offenders.” In addition to artificial fragrances and scrubbing beads, be sure to watch for and avoid the following ingredients.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Alpha-hydroxy acids
  3. Benzoyl peroxide
  4. Butylene glycol
  5. Camphor
  6. Citrus
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Evergreen
  9. Glycolic acid
  10. Menthol
  11. Mint
  12. Peppermint
  13. Propylene glycol
  14. Retinols
  15. Salicylic acid
  16. Sulfates
  17. Witch hazel

Don’t worry; there are plenty of lovely gentle ingredients that work well on sensitive skin. Learn more about how to treat sensitive skin in our April issue and how to avoid the sensitivities caused by waxing.