Putting on makeup can be frustrating and disheartening. It can also result in an itchy, red and uncomfortable skin. This can be very disheartening.
If you are one of them, you might wonder if you should stop wearing makeup altogether. The good news is that there is another solution. Have you ever tried using hypoallergenic makeup?
EpiLynx is dedicated to develop and manufacture a range of cruelty free and gluten free makeup and skin care products. All of them are also hypoallergenic. EpiLynx by Dr. Liia is dedicated to provide a scientifically designed skincare and makeup for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin types.
With the special focus on celiac disease and autoimmune conditions. EpiLynx's products are formulated with the highest science and medically clean ingredients. The aim is to leave the skin moisturized and hydrated and reduce the risk of irritation.
What is a hypoallergenic makeup?
Hypoallergenic is a term that isn't regulated by the FDA but usually refers to makeup that is free of common allergens. That includes fragrances, dyes, and parabens, phthalates, forever chemicals and more.
Many non-hypoallergenic foundations and eye makeup products contain artificial fragrances and perfumes. They can lead to itching, redness, dry skin and even allergic reactions. Always look for products that are gluten free, wheat germ free, rye and barley free.
Look for the term "hypoallergenic" on the packaging that is certified and tested by a reputable laboratory. Cross-contamination can be an issue as well.
Always Study the Ingredients List
The best ways to determine if you are choosing cosmetics that won't irritate your skin is to understand the ingredients. The best rule of thumb is, the fewer the ingredients, the less risk of a reaction.
Of course, keep in mind that what might be irritating for one person could be perfectly fine for another person. However if you have sensitive skin, you should always look for gluten free makeup brands. Preferably, ones that that tested and certified gluten free.
Essential or natural oils can often lead to sensitivity, so if you have weakened skin barrier, you should avoid them. Natural oils do not mean safe and better for you. Ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids and retinol are very potent and often cause irritation. Therefore, you should always perform a patch test (just below the ear) and introduce them to your routine slowly.
Parabens and phtalates, there are other preservatives commonly used in makeup that you should avoid. That includes benzyl alcohol, formaldehyde, diazolidinyl urea, propylparaben, and butylparaben and more.
Chemical sunscreen filters are usually not so great as well when it comes to sensitivity. Therefore, go instead for mineral sunscreen products with zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
How to Choose Hypoallergenic Makeup Brands
Many makeup experts recommend choosing neutral eye palettes. This is because they contain fewer dyes and are less likely to cause reactions. Chamomile, liquorice, and alpha-bisabolol are generally considered gentle and safe. Especially for people with sensitive skin, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune conditions.
How to Make Hypoallergenic Makeup Work For You
EpiLynx always recommends to perform a patch test (just below your ear) before introducing a new product to your routine. Keep track of ingredients that may irritate your skin to help you recognize your triggers and avoid those ingredients and products.
Make sure to clean your makeup brushes regularly as oils and makeup residue can also be sources of irritation and breakouts.
Allergies versus Sensitivities
Firstly, having a skin reaction to a makeup product doesn't mean you are allergic to all the active ingredients. However you maybe allergic to one or more ingredients.
Redness, burning, stinging, flaking, dryness, allergic dermatitis or general irritation are signs that you may have sensitivity. A true cosmetic allergy is less common and its symptoms can include swelling, hives, wheezing, and even anaphylaxis.
If you experience any of these side effects after applying a cosmetic product, discontinue use immediately and seek medical care.
Is Hypoallergenic Makeup Regulated By the FDA?
As it stands now, hypoallergenic makeup is not regulated by the FDA. It seems that it is actually up to brands to develop their own standards for ingredients.
Even if is not officially regulated, it's still advised to look for a hypoallergenic label on the products.
You can also read labels for the term fragrance-free, rather than unscented. "Unscented is a very deceiving term as it actually means the product contains either synthetic fragrances or "natural oils".
These masking scents could still cause an allergic reaction, whereas fragrance-free is truly fragrance free.
Is Clean Beauty Hypoallergenic?
Clean beauty is a very broad term and its meaning has changed over the years. The integration of popular trends like natural cosmetics, health, wellness, social, ethics, and environmental responsibility become what is known clean beauty.
Clean beauty also encompasses the non toxic beauty and free of gluten ingredients.
Consumers are becoming more conscious, and concerned about the safety and efficacy of products that they put on their bodies.
Originally starting in the foods industry, clean beauty has now become a mainstream concept in personal care. However, clean beauty is such a broad term and does not mean hypoallergenic.
Therefore, not all clean beauty is hypoallergenic, however all hypoallergenic beauty is usually considered clean.