People often do not realise they’re allergic to certain ingredients in makeup and skincare until it’s too late. Several products on the market are, however made specifically for those with sensitive skin. Shania OBrien brings you the ultimate guide to understanding why hypoallergenic products are the best choice.
It isn’t unusual to brush off an itchy cheek after applying blush; ignore the eye-twitch when using new eyeliner; and chalk a slightly swollen lip up to a bit of cinnamon in lipstick. But this occurs because makeup and skincare can contain certain substances that cause allergic reactions.
For the most part, an itchy patch of skin will not exacerbate dramatically — but it is much safer to switch to products designed to battle skin sensitivity and give your clients the best treatment possible.
What are hypoallergenic products?
Hypoallergenic products contain fewer ingredients that are likely to cause allergic contact dermatitis — which is a red, itchy rash commonly caused by cosmetics. Such products are gentler on the skin and often fragrance-free. Hence, hypoallergenic products are mostly derived from minerals which do not harbour bacteria or easily expire.
The most common allergens in makeup include: fragrance, essential oils, alpha hydroxy acids, mica, formaldehyde, and several parabens. And while it might be tempting to cover up a light rash with even more makeup — that usually only makes matters worse by irritating the skin further and opening up possibilities for infection.
However, it is important to remember that hypoallergenic products are just less likely to cause an allergic reaction; they’re not certified to be allergy-free. Every person has unique skin, which is why professionals recommend patch tests when trying new products.
Here’s our shortlist of salon-stocked hypoallergenic products to use on clients with sensitive skin:
Ultraceuticals Ultra Calming Moisture Cream
To learn more about the Ultra Calming Moisture Cream, contact Ultraceuticals on 1800 355 638.
INIKA Organic Lip and Cheek Cream
To learn more about the INIKA Organic Lip and Cheek Cream, contact Total Beauty Network on 03 8544 8000.
Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation
To learn more about the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation, contact Margifox Distributors on 1300 850 008.
Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum
To learn more about the Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum, contact Dermalogica on 02 8437 9600.
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