IS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
MAKING YOUR ALLERGIES WORSE?

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Doctors increasingly report that their patients complain of allergic-like skin reactions: Itching, burning, scaling, and rashes. Only targeted testing can pinpoint the exact culprits, but if your skin is the main focus of your allergies, or if cosmetics trigger your symptoms, it may be wise to revise your beauty habits. Take time to check if your products contain allergens, and don't be lazy about cleansing your face, hands, and beauty tools ­– but don't fall into the trap of banning skincare altogether.

5 BAD BEAUTY HABITS
TO DROP

1. Stop using allergy-unfriendly cosmetics

Many cosmetics contain allergens and irritants. A good rule of thumb is to look for products that contain 0% fragrance, 0% alcohol and 0% unnecessary ingredients. Other potentially irritant or allergenic ingredients to avoid include AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), urea, and essential oils. If you choose make-up for allergic skin, and hypoallergenic moisturisers and skincare products, you're unlikely to go wrong.

2a. Don't under-cleanse

If you don’t cleanse at the end of the day, you are leaving allergens and irritants such as pollen and pollution in contact with your skin all night long. They can interfere with skin's barrier function1and cause irritation.

Did you know? Skin’s barrier function relies on the friendly bacteria that live on it. 

2b. Don't over-cleanse!

You want to “take the day off your skin,” but if you also take away your skin’s precious surface lipids, you are leaving it vulnerable to reactions. Opt for gentle cleansers such as micellar waters that know what to remove and what to leave behind. Soap, even hypoallergenic soap, is too harsh for sensitive-to-allergic skin.

3a. Don't skip washing your hands before applying products

You could be transferring allergens and irritants from anything you have touched onto your skin (just think for a moment how many harsh household products there are). Also remember that many allergens in products make their way into the jar or bottle from the environment. Always opt for a tube over a jar. If you have highly reactive or allergic-type skin, look for airtight packaging that uses a one-way valve to prevent allergens from entering the formula once the tube has been opened.

3b. Don't skip washing your make-up brushes, puffs, and sponges

Every one of these handy tools is a dust and allergen trap. Wash them with hypoallergenic soap, at least once a week.

4. Ditch the DIY masks

Fun though it may be, raiding your kitchen cupboards and concocting your very own skin treatments is a recipe for reactions if you have allergic-type skin. Common offenders?
Lemon juice: Its acidic pH can irritate skin and promote reactions.
Baking soda: its extreme alkaline pH is totally incompatible with skin’s natural physiology!.
Cinnamon is a recognized irritant, as one beauty vlogger found out the hard way .
Oats: Though soothing for some people, they are full of allergens if you are predisposed.
Milk: Cleopatra used to bathe in it, but it’s also one of the commonest food allergens.

5. Don't ban skincare outright

Some people are tempted to go full-on purist and reject all skincare. It's a short-sighted measure. The most sensitive or allergic-type skin needs proper care to keep it happy. A cooling thermal water mist followed by a well-tolerated formula created specifically for allergy-prone skin is a great start.

Check these everyday bad habits too.

1The Skin as a Route of Allergen Exposure: Part II. Allergens and Role of the Microbiome and Environmental Exposures. Knaysi, G., Smith, A.R., Wilson, J.M. et al. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep (2017) 17: 7. doi:10.1007/s11882-017-0675-4

TRUE
OR FALSE

YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSH
CAN GIVE YOU ALLERGIES.

TRUE

Make-up brushes and applicators can be real dust and allergy traps, so need to be washed regularly. Clean your brushes with hypoallergenic soap, or make-up brush cleanser to get a clean bill of health.
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NO SHOWER IS THE BEST
POLICY FOR ALLERGIC SKINS.

FALSE

If you don’t cleanse at the end of the day, you are leaving allergens and irritants such as pollen and pollution in contact with your skin all night long. They can interfere with skin's barrier function and cause irritation.
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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
ARE NEVER ALLERGENIC.

FALSE

Certain fruits and vegetables contain high levels of compounds called salicylates(related to aspirin). In salicylate-sensitive individuals, foods rich in these compounds can actually make allergic symptoms such as hay fever, asthma, eczema and skin reactions worse.
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