Hypoallergenic Cosmetics: How Effective & Economical

hypoallergenic products

Hypoallergenic was first used in the cosmetics industry sometime in 1953. It means that the product is below allergenic or is less likely to cause an allergy or skin reactions because of the ingredients. In today’s market, the word hypoallergenic is almost always seen as a marketing campaign for cosmetics products. The consumers feel like they are a lot safer to use especially if they have sensitive skin. But there’s more to know about this preference.

Aside from a price that is above the regular products, hypoallergenic cosmetics do not guarantee a 100% solution to those who have very sensitive skin. Since the ingredients might be just the same except for making it fragrance-free, a patch test may still be required to double-check. Well, I find myself more comfortable with hypoallergenic products, and it might work for you too. You can save more in the long run though. Instead of ruining your skin by patronizing products that don’t work for your skin in the first place, just go for hypoallergenic ones.

A Quick Guide for You

  • hypoallergenic guideAlways look for products with the right ingredients. Sometimes even if the product says it’s hypoallergenic, it may still contain substances that you are allergic to. Mostly skin reacts to fragrances and botanical ingredients which can still be an allergen to your skin.
  • Stay away from isopropyl myristate and coconut oil if you are acne prone. Watch out for the name sodium laureth sulfate for it sometimes hide coconut oil in that name.
  • If some products give you sting, avoid lactic acid, azelaic acid or benzyl alcohol and glycolic acid.
  • If you normally have rashes after using certain products, use fragrance-free and without parabens and cetyl alcohol.
  • Fragrance-free is different from unscented. The latter speaks for products with no scent but still has harmful chemicals in it. Fragrance-free on the other hand does not mean entirely hypoallergenic but it’s safer to use than the others.
  • When you choose a product line, go with those that have short list of ingredients so you will have fewer ingredients your skin might react to.
  • Do your patch tests behind your ear so if the skin reactions take place, it will not be visible.
  • Test products one by one (not all at once) and collect all the ingredients so you should be aware on those that make your life harder. Then, do not ever meet them again.

How Effective

  • Hypoallergenic items do not contain allergens that will likely cause you skin infections. Well the definition of allergens would depend on the company that performs patch tests. The level of allergic or skin reactions vary. But a hypoallergenic product can help you avoid infections of acne.
  • effective hypoallergenicIt minimizes the risk of causing you dark spots or blotches.
  • Using hypoallergenic products is preferably helpful even if you do not have an allergy yet. Note that your skin changes over time. The sensitivity and skin problems sometimes arise depending on the weather and state of your skin as you age. So it’s like a shield just in case an irritation attacks.
  • A dry skin can be an alert of skin sensitivity, so a hypoallergenic product can help make sure you are not at risk.


With this condition of our skin, we cannot trust every new product in the market that says they are safer to use. It may be true that a hypoallergenic product is safer, it may also be a marketing ploy. The bottom line is you should know which ingredients harm your skin. Whatever product that eliminates those harmful ingredients can be a perfect alternative for you, but never forget to patch test before buying (and loving) them completely.…

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Good & Bad Makeup on Spotlight

Good and Bad Makeup

Makeup or facial cosmetics are meant to enhance your beauty, make your dull face or skin look lovelier. But since this is considered art by the multi-billion industry, some experimental moves make an epic fail and it even makes a history of its own. While the way makeup is applied to face makes it look good and bad at a first glance, there are horrific effects in the backroom when an allergy makes it even worse. Well gone are the days when heavier substances were mixed to make a good makeup. Nowadays, there are advance makeup mixtures that are after with skincare. Nevertheless, here are the good makeup habits you should be aware of:

  • Good makeupThe ingredients of the makeup always matter. A harmful chemical contained in a makeup can cause clogged pores, acne and discoloration. Check your foundations, lip products, concealer and blusher.
  • Make your tools neat and your face clean before going to bed. Never sleep with your makeup still on.
  • Do not wear thick makeup unless you work in theater. Remember that the oil from your face and the makeup can cause clogged pores and skin problems.
  • Do not use expired makeup. Check the dates!
  • Choose good products for your skin and make a good skincare routine to keep the glow.

I, myself is a confessed makeup fanatic. This automatically makes me always wanting to know the reasons for a bad makeup. The following are the reasons I have known so far, and I always try to avoid these as much as possible especially on clients:

#1 The perfect foundation shade

Your foundation is supposed to give you a smooth complexion to cover up any flaws you may have on your face. This is never made to give you a tan. It will be helpful to ask for a tester when you intend to buy one so you can test it on your jawline and not on your hand. This way you can see if this suits your skin tone. Never make your facial skin tone so distinct from your neck and complexion.

#2 Makeup on dry and flaky skin never works

The secret to a good makeup is a smoother skin and to achieve this, you should try exfoliating at least twice a week before bed. A moisturizer helps as well after exfoliation. Notice that after applying foundation to a flaky and dry skin makes it look chapped and yes it’s horrible! You do not want to spend so much time fixing this case during your makeup sessions, it does take time.

#3 Blue eyeshadowblue shadows

Never wear this unless you are gifted with dark brown hair or black hair and blue eyes. Otherwise you do not want to catch yourself stuck in a color mismatch and be a subject of funny jokes.

#4 Lining just outside your natural lip line

This is known as an old trick to make your lips fuller. But a wrong move in doing so will make you look like a porn star especially when your lipstick starts to fade. Choose a lip liner the same shade as your lipstick to make it work (if you still insist).

#5 Over-tweezing eyebrows

It’s true that a good groomed eyebrow enhances your eyes. But tweezing it too much might result to your brows not coming back when you get older. Just minimize the clean-up and for sure you’ll still achieve the good looks you want.

#6 No more than 3 palettes on your eye lids

bad makeupDo not consume the entire palette you have in your kit. 3 shades will always do and in fact only a shade for a daily makeup is also perfect.

Last Thoughts

These are some tricks to avoid a bad makeup day. Sometimes what we thought was working for us was not actually good on us. These pointers came from experts in the industry. Yeah, it’s surprising to know these things. But keeping them in mind makes us a little pro and aware of what should be properly done on our faces.…

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Golden Tips on Handling Cosmetic Skin Reactions

Tips on handling makeup allergies

Having found out that you are one of the many women who suffer cosmetic allergic reactions, you should also be ready and knowledgeable enough to handle the situation. There are some suggestions here you can use on different scenarios – at the time of the attack, at the time when you’ll need to apply a makeup to cover up the damage, and at the time of knowing preventive measures ahead (like right now).

Home Remedies

allergy1-cucumberIt is always safer to say and to handle if the reactions happen when you are home. You feel you’re in control, and the panicky movement won’t block your thinking when you are just home. There are few simple home-made techniques that can help you in emergency:

First Aid…

  • Remove the applied cosmetic right away using plain water
  • Do not scrub the affected area and never with a toner
  • Apply ice if there is swelling – do not apply hot water or steam
  • Dab your skin with a clean cloth and don’t use cotton
  • Avoid cortisone-based-creams as this can weaken your skin

And you’re lucky to have these in your home…

  • Apply the juice of aloe vera leaves to sooth inflamed skin
  • Use a grated fresh cucumber and apply its juice for quick relief from itching and dryness
  • A frozen rose water can also help when you massage skin rashes with it
  • An olive oil can treat the reactions naturally
  • A 15 minute soak on a tub of bathwater with an uncooked oatmeal can also be a remedy
  • After bathing, you can massage your body using a vitamin E oil
  • Mix a paste of sandalwood powder with a fresh lemon and apply on the affected area

The above enumerated alternatives are meant to cure the skin dryness and itching. It’s got all the elements to sooth the skin area from redness and rashes. Although it can help prevent from further damage, it is always logical to visit your doctor if the problem persists.

The Magic Tricks

allergy1-eyesIf in case you already have it and want to minimize or at least hide the inconveniences, the following pointers should help:

  • Depuff your face using a cold wet washcloth from your freezer. Use it like a face mask to calm your skin and help reduce the puffiness
  • Use a cleanser that contains milk and flavonoids to help prevent the inflammation and exfoliate your face using a product containing oatmeal as this can retain hydration and softness
  • Use a primer that is green-tinted to conceal the blotchiness and redness. Dab onto the affected areas particularly to your nose then top with concealer
  • Avoid matte makeup as this can highlight your allergies, use creamy foundations instead
  • Wear little eye makeup as much as possible. A waterproof mascara will do the trick
  • Make your lips look best to divert the attention of your viewers to them, this way you can perfectly hide your eyes and nose

The above are just some of the makeup tricks you can do to hide the situation. This clearly sounds useful on emergencies (i.e. you’re in a show or an important event). Otherwise, apply nothing on your face if you feel like you are burning already.

Prevention is better than cure

allergy1-preventionIt is always advisable to be aware on your allergies and preventing a makeup allergy from happening will always be one of them. It is always best to avoid the possible causes, so keep in mind the following:

  • Try to stay away from highly scented items and as much as possible try to limit the skin products you use
  • Consult a dermatologist to know your skin type and the type of products you should use
  • Do not mix multiple products i.e. shampoos and avoid highly concentrated substance
  • Check the labels and choose products that are transparent with the ingredients over those that tend to hide some formulation
  • Prefer organic or herbal products or cosmetics
  • Do not share your cosmetic stuff i.e. makeup brushes to avoid transfer of allergens
  • Note that old cosmetics are not good for skin so always check the expiry date
  • If you know the exact substance that causes you allergies, avoid any products having that substance entirely

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Cosmetic Allergies: Treatment Available Today

Makeup treatment

As soon as you have felt the skin reactions after using the product, the first treatment you should do is to avoid that same product or other products with same ingredient or substance. Well, if it’s just mild cosmetic reaction, you just have to wait for a week at least as long as you avoid the product. A little more serious reaction would require a 1% hydrocortisone cream that you can purchase over-the-counter (even without prescription). You should visit a physician right away if all else fails and if the skin reactions continue to bug you.

I still remember the time when I went to Sydney to join my friends for a short vacation. I had an allergic reaction after I tried a mascara (which was new and organic it said). I purchased an OTC cream and it worked a little but then since I did not want to ruin my short stay in the land under, I decided to visit a Sydney skin clinic and from there I survived the attack and learned a lot as to which products I have to set aside and what not. Professional help really makes a difference in times of ignorance. Legitimate information leads you to the right direction on your own research.

If you’re an average woman like me who uses at least 5 cosmetic products in a day, aside from avoiding the product that you thought you were allergic to, you have to avoid the rest of all the cosmtea tree oil cureetics you apply on your skin for one week. A steroid ointment can help remove the symptoms faster. The sooner your skin becomes free from these symptoms, you may start trying out items that you think are safest or just resort to using hypoallergenic cosmetics since these would only contain less allergy-causing substances.
Sometimes a dermatologist would prescribe a stronger ointment or an antibiotic if you get blisters. The following can also aid in the healing process:

  • Vitamin E which heals rashes and improves immune system
  • Folic acid for new cell formation and growth
  • Olbas and it healing wonders
  • Tea tree oil and its anti-inflammatory properties

mineral makeupMakeup Alternative

There is one alternative available in the market today if you are deciding to use a safer makeup – it’s called mineral make up. There is no assurance however for some who have a different intolerance level, they can still be allergic to a mineral make up. But the substance or the ingredients it has are a lot better. With zinc oxide that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and titanium oxide for UV rays protection, your skin will feel a lot safer for these ingredients.


You need to learn to educate yourself and do your own research in order to avoid the worse scenarios of cosmetic skin reactions. Read the label and see the details of the manufacturer, you can also visit their website for more information you need. For instance, some products may contain bismuth oxychloride, which is normally used to cover wrinkles or age lines, which is also causing irritation, red face and itching. Learning these substances or having at least a list of ingredients that harm your skin is really a necessity if you wish to protect your skin from allergic reactions.…

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What are Makeup Allergies

Cosmetic allergies

Most of us women (including my girlfriends) are obsessed on high quality makeups and beauty products or toiletries. The scent, the glow and the joy it gives you the sooner you wear them properly is simply exciting, boosting up some confidence in you. This is psychologically correct . But what if such joyous situations negatively affect your love to yourself especially after seeing how it had ruined your face? Ladies, makeup allergies exist! It happens to some and there’s a rare chance it had happened to you. But I’m guessing you can imagine the worse if it hadn’t.

Skin Reactions

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Is this the price of beauty?

Makeup or cosmetic allergies may occur in two reactions: irritant reactions and allergic reactions. Mild rashes and irritation can be quite common on irritant reactions. It does reflect a damaging effect from using too much soap or shampoo for example and it targets the most sensitive or thinner part of your skin such as the face and eyelids. Other cosmetics that can cause irritation are liquid foundation, face masks, mascara, toners and anti-ageing creams. You may feel itching, burning or stinging sensation right after you apply the product on your skin. There is a usual form of irritation and that is why some products would emphasize its use for sensitive skin.

Allergic reactions however either show up results, of redness for instance, right after the product is applied or 2 to 3 days after the application. It involves the body’s immune system already. The allergy develops on your exposure to the product or ingredient in the product more than once, so you could still be a victim even if you have been using the product for a long time. Allergic contact dermatitis or so-called eczema appears as itchy, swollen, bumpy and red skin and it makes your skin dry and flaky after some time.

Harmful Ingredients?

The most known ingredients in the makeup or cosmetics that can cause allergic reactions are fragrances and preservatives. They are hardly recognized in the ingredients but most of the time if you notice ‘parfum’ it has fragrance components. If you find yourself allergic to fragrance you may want to avoid fragranced plant extracts such as tea tree oil, lavender and citrus extracts. Preservatives on the other hand are normally included as ingredients in cosmetics and toiletries to prevent contamination at a short period. This can be given in long names such as methylisothiazolinone, etc..

hair dye allergySunscreens and acrylate nails can also occasionally cause allergic reactions. If the products are promoted as ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, these can still contain allergens.  Hair dye is another famous culprit in causing allergic reactions. Strong cosmetic skin reactions can cause a lot of swelling and redness of the face, ears, neck and even scalp. Hair dye allergy often affects those who have colored their hair for a long time without any issues. Pure henna and indigo are proven safe though. But black henna, which is used for temporary tattoos, can harm and cause allergic reactions especially in kids.

Patch Testing

So the next time you try to use a famous makeup product, try doing patch testing. This is usually done to identify cosmetics that your skin is allergic too. This process involves applying small amounts of the product on the upper back and observe it for a few days, if redness appears on that portion of the skin. This is normally done in hospitals by skin professionals. A simple method however can be done by applying the product to a pinch size of skin on your elbow area, in the morning and evening for one week. Although it can’t be done with products that you would wash off such as shampoos as this will irritate your skin, patch tests are still important in specifying the substance that cause the skin reaction so you can avoid the products that contain them in the future.

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