Makeup allergies and sensitive skin? Consider these skin care tips

  • Makeup Allergies causing your face to get puffy, red, blotchy, or itching? Here’s your checklist to safely use makeup so as to not aggravate these allergies.
    Last month we showed you few secret makeup tricks to cover up those blemishes, acne scars and spots, But to deep dive into it, ironically, the very products you rely on to keep your skin looking its best could be doing your pores a big disservice. Using the wrong makeup or cream could actually accentuate the pimples you’re trying so hard to hide.Women who have sensitive skin have a hard time finding products that won’t cause a reaction. That reaction, called contact dermatitis, falls into two categories: allergic and irritant. Allergic indicates that the immune system is displeased, while irritant reactions stop at the surface.

    So, what is the best thing to do?

    Go bare when you can. When applying makeup, use it as sparingly as you can. Choose sheer, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) products. And finally, apply these products using a featherlight touch to minimize irritation.

    What are the best makeup choices for sensitive or acne prone skin?

    Makeup products that are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) formulas are safer to use on sensitive skin.  Mineral makeup is fine as long as it does not cause itchiness, which is a sign of irritation and can lead to scratching.

    How to safely use makeup to avoid skin allergies?

    • Foundation – Apply a sheer or light coverage foundation. Avoid heavy coverages all day long as well as added fragrances.
    • Concealer – Apply a weightless concealer with healing properties using a featherlight touch. Avoid heavy, greasy concealers.
    • Blush – Gently brush on powder blush for only a few seconds using a featherlight touch. We suggest using makeup products with the goodness of jojoba oil for sensitive skin.
    • Bronzer – Gently brush on bronzer quickly and gently. Avoid any bronzer containing bismuth oxychloride as it has been implicated to cause skin irritation. Try this natural and organic bronzer which provides safer and more protective coverage giving life to your skin.
    • Makeup Removal – When you have sensitive and allergic skin, sleeping with makeup on is probably the worst thing to do! So, make sure you remove makeup (including eye makeup) using baby oil or jojoba oil on a cotton pad gently. To avoid irritation, stay away from scrubbers, wipes and washcloths.

    Cosmetics ingredients to avoid for sensitive skin

    Are you allergic to your beauty products? It can probably be traced back to one of these five culprit ingredients.

    PTHALATES:

    A plasticizing ingredient commonly listed as DBP or di-n-butyl phthalate is considered to be a potential carcinogen and cause of rashes and eczema.

    PARABENS:

    They are the darlings of preservatives among mass manufacturers since they’re cheap and stable. It can be downright difficult to find products that don’t contain parabens like methyl, propyl, and benzyl hydroxybenzoate. Those who experience redness or a rash can avoid them entirely by seeking out lines such as Ruby’s Organics, whose formulations are all paraben-free.

    FRAGRANCE:

    Scent is the first thing dermatologists cut out when you’ve got sensitive skin. Currently, there’s no way to tell what ingredients go into what is simply labelled “fragrance” on many product bottles. An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them (like parabens). ‘Fragrance free’ usually means that no extra fragrances were added to the product. This does not necessarily mean that the product does not have a scent, but that the scent occurs naturally due to the ingredients.

    PRESERVATIVES:

    Preservatives like parabens and methylisothiazolinone can cause skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. Formaldehyde-releasing agents (Look for DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA) are used as preservatives in a wide range of cosmetics.

    PEGs:

    PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are commonly used in cosmetic cream bases. Another related ingredient that can potentially cause skin allergy is propylene glycol.

    IMPORTANT TIP

    While this list is a good starting point, the biggest mistake you can make with sensitive skin is to skip the PATCH TEST when you incorporate a new product into your routine. You want to apply a small amount to your neck or wrist first. Then, wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.

    Although these tips are good to act on superficially, what will work better is fixing your skin from within and that is exactly what we are going to bring to you in our next blog. Stay tuned!

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    Words by Kirtika Biyani

    For Ruby’s Organics