Beauty products you could be allergic to
Since beauty products contain ingredients which may not always be of natural origin, it is expected that certain people develop allergies to these ingredients. Allergic reactions are widely spread and a growing concern, and it’s currently estimated that one third of all tested subjects were allergic to at least one ingredient.
One of the main reasons for developing allergies is the type of skin you have. Sensitive skin is more prone to allergies and should be treated with care. In addition to your skin’s type, a big role in allergies is played by the immune system. Any time your skin is in contact with a specific product, ingredient or irritant, the immune system reacts strongly and this may lead to rashes, redness, unpleasant itching, etc.
For those of you who have sensitive and irritable skin, the most common products causing allergies are all sorts of perfumed (scented) items, like soaps, deodorants, shampoos, hair conditioners, etc. Other products can often be fingernail glue, nail polish, hair dye, eye makeup, etc.
If you want to avoid the most commonly recognized allergens, keep an eye for these ingredients: alpha-hydroxy acids, p-phenylenediamine and ammonium persulfate. Anti-wrinkle face creams (Retin-A) almost always cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. It’s also included in almost all sunscreen lotions.
Another heavily criticized ingredient is the so-called methylisothiazolinone (MI), which is a preservative used in a wide range of cosmetics by brands like Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Nivea, Clarins etc. This preservative is also heavily used in sunscreen lotions, because it protects the cream from microorganisms which can spoil the product and render it even more dangerous, as most cosmetics companies have commented.
Outdoor tanning lotions are getting more attention within the last few years. They may also cause rashes, irritable skin, redness and itching. Before you commit to a purchase, you can do a patch test on part of your skin and see if it reacts to the lotion.
Among the best outdoor tanning lotions are Maui Babe Browning lotion. It can quickly accelerate the tanning process but it also brings out your skin’s natural color. This particular product is marketed for sensitive and irritable skin.
Australian Gold Tanning Lotion Bronze, Accelerator plus is enriched with Vitamins E and A, and Aloe Vera, to help the skin stay hydrated and protected longer. Its ingredients are mostly of natural origin and herbs, so no allergies were reported.
Australian Gold SPF 15 Spray Gel with bronze is again boosted with natural ingredients, vitamins C and E, Aloe Vera, olive and tea tree oil, Kakadu plum, leaving your skin moisturized and, at the same time, you naturally get a bronze healthy-looking tan.
Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning sun care moisturizing oil offers an exotic blend of organic herbs, vitamins and anti-oxidants. It’s enriched with Aloe Vera, mineral oils, botanical extracts and cocoa butter.
To avoid allergies, always look at the product’s label and do not buy the product if you have a proven track record of allergies for any of the ingredients. Also, even if you don’t exhibit allergic reaction to some of the above-listed ingredients, we still recommend that you avoid them.