Some ingredients are incompatible with the sun and can lead to serious skin conditions
As explained by Dr. Candy Hernández, aesthetic doctor at the Candhé Clinic, the following ingredients, present in many common cosmetics, can be particularly harmful:
1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
AHAs are a type of organic acid most commonly found in exfoliators and are popular for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It might be best to leave it out of the suitcase if you’re going on vacation in the sun: “By continually exfoliating, your skin becomes more sensitive to UV rays and can burn from sun exposure even on days when you do not use them. “, explained Dr. Hernández.
2. Essential oils
Essential oils are present in all natural creams and can cause phototoxic reactions and cause injuries such as burning, stinging, eczema or hives.
It is a depigmenting cosmetic ingredient that “may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, as it alters excess melanin that causes skin pigmentation.”
4. Mineral oils
If you have already managed to tan a little, you may be tempted to turn to a body oil, guaranteed to have a nice healthy glow. However, you might get more than you expected because mineral oils attract and absorb UV rays. So it’s best to avoid them in the sun unless you really want to scald yourself.
Products containing retinol should only be used if you are in the shade or if you wear high factor sunscreen: “They can be used as long as the skin is already used to them and you accompany it with a sun protection +50”, explains the expert. .
6. Other products
A recent article written by Dr. Javier Romero Gómez, head of the Dermatology and Venereology Service at Quirónsalud Málaga Hospital, highlights several more generic products that could cause spots and other skin problems to appear. they are used in the sun:
- citrus fruits (like orange or lemon)
- exfoliating or abrasive products, which can make the dermis sensitive and unprotected.
Problems caused by these products
As Dr. Gómez explains, “we observe the same injuries that can occur with sunlight, but more exaggerated or intense and in less time, such as redness, inflammation and even blisters on the exposed skin, with residual hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) after the lesions disappear”.