Whether you choose to use a fragrance-free face lotion because you have sensitive skin and fear a reaction -- or simply because you don't like strong scents that close to your nose -- you must check the products for both recommended and harmful ingredients before making a purchase. Affordable options are typically available at your local pharmacy.
What to Look for and What to Avoid
When shopping for a face lotion, be sure the product is labeled "fragrance-free." According to the Environmental Working Group, FDA approval is not necessary for ingredients in fragrance and body care products. Therefore, there is no way to know exactly what ingredients are in any lotion that contains a fragrance. Common fragrance ingredients, such as phthalates, may be harmful if used over time. Other common ingredients in fragrances include alcohol, which is drying. The more basic and clear the list of ingredients is, the better.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream was deemed the "Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin" by Consumer Search. With a creamy, non-greasy consistency, it may be used to moisturize from head to toe, alleviating symptoms of mildly to severely dry skin. It also works for symptoms associated with eczema and psoriasis.
Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion
Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion was named a "Best of Beauty" product by Allure. Non-comedogenic and safe for sensitive skin, the non-greasy formula quickly absorbs into skin, moisturizes for 24 hours and protects skin from long-term sun damage when used daily, as it offers a broad spectrum SPF 30 formula.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Real Simple named CeraVe Moisturizing Cream the "Best Budget-Friendly Face Moisturizer" available for dry skin. Non-comedogenic, non-irritating and non-greasy, this lotion contains ceramides, naturally occurring components of skin, and helps to restore skin's protective function. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly.
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