The DIY 4 Step Skin Patch Test (How to Perform One and Why You Should)
There's no doubt that natural body care products are safer to use. But, before you jump right in and start slathering on a new one, it's important to remember that it's possible to have a sensitivity or allergy to ANY ingredient.
Here's a simple 4 step skin patch test that you can do at home. By testing a new product on a small patch of skin, you can avoid a big problem later on.
While everyone should do this home test before using a new product, it's especially important for people with sensitive skin.
OK. Ready? Grab your new product & here we go!
Step 1 - Choose a sensitive area of skin that you can keep dry for 24 to 48 hours. The inside of your arm, just below your elbow or on your neck, just behind your ear are two areas that work well. Be sure the area is clean and dry - but don't rub the skin.
Step 2 - Take a good-sized dab of your new product and rub it gently but thoroughly into the test patch area. A patch about 1 inch square should do the job. (Note: if you're testing a rinse-off product, leave it on for the recommended length of time, then rinse with cool water and pat dry).
Step 3 - Cover the area with an adhesive bandage and keep it dry for the next day or two. Keep checking under the bandage periodically to see if there is any redness, bumps or swelling. Also, take note of any tingling or itchy sensations. If you notice any of these signs, rinse the test area off with cool water and pat dry. Any of these reactions mean that the product you were testing is not right for you. In the case of a Superhuman product, simply contact us here and we'll help you return or exchange your product for free.
Step 4 - If you check under the bandage after 24 to 48 hours and the skin looks normal, you should be good to go!
Please keep in mind.
Not all sensitivities can be detected with this simple at-home test. So please, listen to your body whenever a new product is introduced so that any reactions taking place within can be monitored too.