Remember That Natural Isn't Necessarily Better
A walk down the beauty aisle at the grocery store can feel like a trip to the produce section. There are dozens of different products advertising "all-natural" (and delicious) ingredients like grape seed oil, avocado, cucumber, milk, honey, beer, vanilla and more.
For people with sensitive skin, it's important to realize that natural ingredients can be just as irritating as their synthetic cousins. People are allergic to all sorts of natural foods like peanuts, shellfish and gluten. And don't forget about that "all-natural" poison ivy plant growing in your background.
For example, a pediatric dermatology study in France found that more than one-third of children under the age of 15 had skin sensitivity to products containing oat oil, a popular ingredient in skin care products [source: Reuters].
If you already know you have highly sensitive skin, steer clear of natural ingredients that are used as a fragrance. Like all fragrances, even "natural" perfumes are some of the biggest skin irritation culprits on the market [source: Bolton].