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Did you know that fragrances in skincare and cosmetic products can sometimes cause photo damage through a process known as phototoxicity? Let’s break down how this can happen:

When you apply your favorite perfume or use skincare with added fragrance, and your skin is then exposed to sunlight—specifically UVA and UVB rays—the absorbed UV energy can cause these substances to react.

These phototoxic reactions are likely to cause immediate skin redness (erythema), similar to a sunburn. The affected area may become inflamed, painful, and tender. But it doesn’t end there!

In addition to redness and irritation, phototoxic reactions can lead to increased melanin production, causing dark spots or hyperpigmentation. The longer-term effects of phototoxic reactions include wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and rough texture, often referred to as “photoaging.”

How can we counteract this? SPF! Applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest (or anywhere you spray perfume or use scented products) is the most effective way to reduce your chances of photodamage and hyperpigmentation..

-Collette xx