Why Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansers Really Matter

The smell of a skincare product that you use every day is very important. In general, you wouldn’t choose a facial cleanser that smells unpleasant or overpowering.  A pleasant scent helps cover the natural skincare smell and entices consumers to try a new skincare product.  But if you have dry, combination or sensitive skin, a fragrance-free gentle cleanser could be the solution to save your skin from dry, tight feeling that can lead to irritation, blemishes and, even worse, acne breakouts.

While dermatologists largely agree that fragrance-free is better whenever possible, Soul Story made a skin-health decision to remove ‘synthetic fragrance’ from our pH balanced Purifying Cleansing Foam to increase the level of its purity.  This is especially important to those users with dry, combination, and sensitive skin since fragrances in facial cleansers can cause redness, itchiness, and sometimes hives.

Why Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansers Really Matter

Fragrance in Cosmetics

There are more than 5,000 different fragrances currently used in various cosmetic products. In fact, in one product alone, combinations of 200 or more chemicals may be added to attain that perfect scent.  Source: Fragrance Allergies Webmd.com

Natural Derived Fragrances

What about naturally derived fragrances? You may be surprised to hear that they’re not necessarily a safer alternative. “While we often equate natural with better in terms of skin care, natural fragrances can be as irritating and or allergenic as artificial fragrances,” says dermatologist Deanne Robinson, co-founder and president of Modern Dermatology and member of The Women’s Dermatological Society. “Our body cannot sense the source, but rather it reacts to the molecules composing the fragrance, and these can be the same for synthetic and natural fragrances.”

Whether you have sensitive skin or not, the natural reaction almost always causes a sensitizing reaction on skin.

How Skin Reacts to Natural or Synthetic Fragrance?

The most important thing to know is how your skin reacts to fragrance ingredients to understand why there are growing demands for fragrance-free cleansers.  Whether you have sensitive skin or not, the natural reaction to fragrance almost always causes a sensitizing reaction on skin. If what you’re using hasn’t caused an adverse reaction, then you’re likely in the clear (at least for now).


Purifying Cleansing Foam

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Authentic, Healthy and Natural Cleansers

Healthy facial cleansers play an incredibly powerful role in anti-aging skincare and achieving healthy skin complexion and texture. It is important to walk away from cleansers that strip natural oils and make your skin feel tight. Tight and dry feeling skin, after you wash your face, does not equal clean skin and especially for those with combination with oily T-zone and oily skin types.  Removing excess oil is necessary but stripping natural oils from your skin causes production of more oil to compensate for dryness.

These are compelling reasons to use fragrance-free cleansers such as pH balanced Purifying Cleansing Foam – it’s a paraben -, sulfate -, and fragrance-free cleanser that will be gentle on your skin yet effectively remove dirt, excess oil, every day pollutants and make-up.  Those prone to dryness, redness and acne breakouts should also avoid harsh facial cleansers with sulfate including sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). “You’re just drying out the skin surface, irritating the cells, and making more blemishes,” says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D


And to combat aging skin, achieve brighter skin complexion and smoother texture, it is essential to wash your face and neck every day for your skin to breathe and rejuvenate overnight.  pH balanced Purifying Cleansing Foam is formulated with macadamia nut seed oil extract that contains palmitic acid, polyphenol and Vitamin E. These ingredients help stimulate cellular renewal, strengthen the skin firmness and maintain moisture to your skin. Our cleanser is also high in monounsaturated fatty acids providing anti-inflammatory properties to help with those with sensitive skin.

Helpful Tip to Reading Skincare Product Labels

It is key that skincare products are labelled as “fragrance-free” rather than “unscented,” as unscented may still contain fragrances used to mask the smell of other chemical ingredients in the formulation.  Adding extra and, likely, unwanted chemicals to your skincare products.

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Vivian Story

Soul Story is a bespoke Korean skincare brand founded by Korean-Canadian entrepreneur, Vivian Ke Story. She splits her time in Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, and Seoul where she works with Korean dermatologists and skincare specialists to formulate and select ingredients. Each product is formulated to help with sensitive skin, eliminate dullness, dryness, clogged pores and poor skin texture.

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