Labels emblazoned with claims like dermatologically tested or hypoallergenic instil a certain level of confidence that a product won’t harm or irritate our skin. If you have sensitive skin, or have had a skin reaction to cosmetics in the past, you might be particularly attuned to these sorts of terms, but what do they mean and how do you know you can trust them?
In Australia, cosmetic ingredients are regulated by NICNAS, part of the Department of Health, who assess the safety of all new ingredients. However, this shouldn’t be taken to mean that all cosmetic ingredients are completely harmless. There are many ingredients capable of causing skin irritation or allergic reactions. To help ensure a product is suitable for sensitive skin, that product must be tested in its final form.