Are you allergic to your make up?
If you notice that you have skin reactions to certain cosmetic prod-ucts, it’s time to act! Keep on reading and find out what to do and which ingredients you should avoid.
Allergies to makeup and skin products are difficult to prevent because in most cases we don’t know exactly which ingredient is causing the aller-gy. Symptoms can start right after you use something new or after years of using a product with no problems. Common signs of skin allergies or irrita-tion due to makeup are rashes, red bumps, itching, dry patches, blisters and pain.
What to do:
#1 Immediately remove whatever has been applied to your skin. Even if you don't see anything but feel burning, itching and stinging, remove the moisturizer, foundation or bb cream immediately and apply cooling com-presses to your skin to relieve the symptoms.
#2 The beauty products most likely to cause skin reactions are moisturizer, makeup, bath soaps, antiperspirants, sunscreen, shampoos, long-wearing lip stains, nail polish and fingernail glue.
#3 If your cosmetics have been sitting on your bathroom shelf for a while, it may be time to toss them. Old makeup can cause irritation and infections.
#4 Check the label. Look for products with the fewest ingredients. This will make a bad reaction less likely.
#5 Do a patch test first. Before you start using a new product, place a small amount on the inside of your neck and wait 1-2 days. If you notice no red-ness, swelling, itching, or burning on that spot, you can apply it on your face.
#6 Use your perfume right! Always put fragrance on your clothes, not your skin. You’ll be less likely to have a skin reaction to it.
#7 The labels “dermatologically tested“ or „hypoallergenic” don’t guarantee that your skin won’t react negatively.
#8 Avoid applying creams that contain cortisone to get relief from irritation. These creams just provide temporary relief and may weaken the skin tis-sues.
Toxic Ingredients to avoid
The skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs what you put onto it. Al-ways read the ingredient labels and know what’s in your products.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN COSMETIC AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS:
A common ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants. It is often linked to brain disorders and is a possible risk factor in breast cancer
Mostly used in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer
Used in hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers and is linked to cancer as well
• ETHOXYLATED SURFACTANTS:
Avoid any ingredients containing the letters „eth“
Found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives and sham-poos
Is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies
Linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity
A heavy metal found in lipstick and hair dye. Heavy metals can build up in the body over time and can lead to various health problems
A heavy metal found in mascara and some eye drops
• MINERAL OIL:
Used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that im-pairs the skin’s ability to release toxins
Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage and low birth weight
Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity
• PARAPHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD):
Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system
Found in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer
• PLACENTAL EXTRACT:
Used in some skin and hair products, linked to endocrine disruption
• POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG):
Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide which can cause cancer.
• SILICONE-DERIVED EMOLLIENTS:
Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumor growth and skin irritation
Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems
Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal de-velopment, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance
Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption Also avoid Sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfates (SLS) in your skin and hair products. It is used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of cosmetic products that foam. Sulfates are harsh and drying and can lead to more inflammation.You will find these chemicals in many common cleansers.