The 8 Skincare Ingredients Doing More Harm Than Good

Ever feel like your skincare routine is more of a ‘scare’ routine? For those of us with sensitive skin, the quest for the right product can feel like dodging potholes on a rugged road. If irritation has become your unwanted sidekick, it’s not just you. Your products might be playing the villain in your skincare saga.

Let’s dive into the usual suspects likely lurking in your skincare and makeup.

The Infamous Eight – Skincare Ingredients to Avoid:


These foaming agents make your cleansers and shampoos bubbly but can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Imagine them as the party crashers of skincare, leaving chaos in their wake.


Yep. You won’t just find it at the servo – this ingredient sneaks into a lot of common skincare products. While it’s great for locking in moisture, it can also trap dirt and bacteria against your skin, a big no-no for those of us who are more sensitive.


It might smell like a dream, but artificial fragrances are a common cause of allergic reactions and irritation. They’re the wolves in sheep’s clothing of the skincare world.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Glycolic Acid, and Lactic Acid: 

These exfoliants reveal fresh skin but can be too harsh, leading to redness and sensitivity. They’re like overzealous gardeners, cutting back more than necessary.

Benzoyl Peroxide: 

Acne’s nemesis, yet it can leave skin dry, red, and peeling. It’s the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Alcohol (or Ethanol): 

Found in many toners and cleansers, it can dehydrate your skin faster than a hot Summer day.

Navigating the Skincare Landscape:

Now that we know the culprits, what’s the alternative? Enter SAOR: skincare designed with us sensitive souls in mind.

The Best Moisturiser For Sensitive Skin

Our Everyday Moisturiser is crafted without any of those harsh irritants and instead filled with ingredients that nourish and protect. 

It contains a harmonious blend of Lactobacillus Ferment Filtrates (from Papaya & Persimmon), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, and Niacinamide, each playing a pivotal role in soothing, hydrating, and improving the skin’s resilience. The moisturiser’s olive-derived emollients, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, alongside Squalane, mirror the skin’s natural moisture, providing deep, breathable nourishment. 

Not to be overlooked, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract and Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract offer a cocktail of anti-aging and brightening benefits, enveloping your skin in a protective veil that’s both rejuvenating and gentle.

Your Cleanser For Sensitive Skin Needs

The Cleanser is the hero you’ve been waiting for. It’s as effective as it is gentle, ensuring your skin is clean without feeling stripped bare. This is all thanks to its hero ingredients like Papaya & Persimmon Extract, offering gentle exfoliation and a bounty of antioxidants to brighten and smooth without irritation. 

The cleanser’s backbone, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, a gentle coconut-derived surfactant, ensures a creamy lather that respects your skin’s natural barriers, cleansing without stripping. Additions like Cetearyl Alcohol and Decyl Glucoside support the cleanser’s mission to soften and condition, making it a sanctuary for skin that’s easily aggrieved. 

A Serum Made to Nurture, Not Aggravate:

Our Serum is the cherry on top of your skincare routine. Free from the infamous eight, it’s designed to nurture your skin, providing all the benefits without any of the backlash. 

It boasts a blend of Filtrates from persimmon and papaya for antioxidant-rich skin brightening and soft exfoliation. Ingredients like Aloe Vera, Niacinamide, Rosehip Oil, and Grape Seed Oil work together to soothe, hydrate, and protect, offering a formula that calms without compromise. With every drop, this serum proves powerful skincare can be gentle, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin seeking to enhance their complexion gently.

The Best Products For Sensitive Skin

With SAOR, we believe that skincare should be a sanctuary, not a battlefield. Our products are a testament to the power of gentle care, proving that you don’t need harsh ingredients to see remarkable results. It’s time to turn your back on those irritants and embrace a skincare routine that understands the true meaning of sensitivity.

Sensitive skin requires a careful touch and a thoughtful approach. By avoiding these key irritants and choosing products designed with your skin in mind, you can enjoy a calm, happy complexion. Welcome to the era of skincare that’s as kind to your skin as it is effective. Welcome to SAOR.