Some "Natural" Is Better than Others
From brightening coffeeberry serums to soothing green-tea moisturizers, natural is marketable. Believing anything natural has got to be good for you, Americans spent $62 billion on the stuff last year. But the fact is, flora-based scrubs made from abrasive fruit pits can be irritating, too. If sensitivity is your major concern, these are the ingredients you should be looking for:
- Rose and lavender work wonders in calming inflammation, according to Michele VanLandingham, ingredient information specialist for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.
- New York dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross suggests seeking out soothing chamomile derivatives, natural toners like witch hazel, and gentle exfoliators like blueberry seeds.
- Dr. Kay Baxter, a U.K. dermatologist who tends to recommend "bland, unfragranced, nonbotanical products" to patients, uses organic aloe vera on sensitive skin.
For extreme inflammation cases, Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Diane Berson recommends a compress of milk, water, and ice to combat itching and burning.
Originally published on September 16, 2008