Stress Relief Treatment Oil is marketed as aromatic body oil—the operative word being "aromatic", and that right there should likely be the warning your skin needs to steer clear. Despite the presence of one or two ingredients that are beneficial to dry skin, like safflower seed oil, this contains several (as in, more than a dozen) volatile essential oils with research demonstrating their irritating effects on skin. Fragrant oils, such as sandalwood, multiple types of citrus oils and even the considerably problematic lavender oil, all make an appearance.
There is something to be said about the effect of pleasant scents on stress and improve your surroundings. However, the effect of these fragrances can be decidedly stressful to skin when they cross over into your skin-care products. See More Info for the details on why this amount of fragrant ingredients is a problem for your skin.
It's also important to note that most essential oils (particularly those used here) do not contain the same beneficial moisturizing elements as non-fragrant varieties, like olive or jojoba oil. So, despite the marketing of the Stress Relief Treatment Oil, it almost entirely lacks any real benefit for skin and contains several ingredients that can create or worsen skin sensitivity.
Rather than use the ironically titled Stress Relief Treatment Oil for massage or general skin care, try a non-fragrant oil, like olive, almond, jojoba, or grapeseed. Your skin will thank you (and you'll have enough money left over to splurge on a nice scented candle).
Irritation from Fragrance and Fragrant Oils: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
An aromatic body treatment oil, ideal for massage, bath therapy and deluxe skin conditioning. Essential oils of Sandalwood, Lavendar and Orange combine with Tea Tree, Lemon and Ylang-Ylang extracts to soothe the psyche.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol Isoceteth-3 Acetate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Limonene, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Linalool, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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