Patch testing is a simple and important—but often ignored!—step that could identify an allergy or irritation to an ingredient. 

It is so tempting to slather on a new skincare product. And we totally understand! You waited so long, it finally arrives and you just want to dive right in. But wait! Before you introduce anything different into your routine, it is worthwhile to do a patch test first. Why? Even with products that are made from super pure, natural ingredients, and it has been tested to the highest standard and meets all compliance regulatory check boxes, like NAYA Skincare, there’s a chance of developing an allergic reaction or irritation. For that reason, we recommend a very basic patch-test. It’s not foolproof but a good habit to incorporate into your regimen.

Here’s how to do a patch test, step-by-step:

  • Wash your face and neck and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a small amount of your new skincare product to the area right behind your ear or jar area.
  • Gently rub in the product and keep this area dry.
  • Analyse your skin over the next 24 hours. If you notice any redness, burning, itching or irritation at any time, wash the area right away and don’t use this product.
  • Remember to patch test one new product at a time—not many at the same time—so you can see how your skin responds to this specific product.

In addition, if you have been diagnosed with sensitive or ultra-sensitive skin, we would recommend you conduct an allergy test at your dermatologist to understand if you have an allergy against a specific ingredient.