Allergen Free Makeup
Take a minute to think about your daily skincare routine and consider all of the products you use on your face, body and hair. Most of us use a combination of soap, facial cleanser, toner, moisturiser, serum, body cream, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, perfume and makeup! Only when we say this list out loud do we realise how many products our skin comes into contact with every day. Allergies are complicated and vary widely from person to person. If you know which ingredients you may have problems with you can easily avoid them. As with food allergies, people with skin allergies and sensitivities often have to rely on trial and error to find the cosmetics that suit and don’t irritate their skin.
Some Background Science & Understanding
According to research, the average women uses around 16 personal beauty products daily. Each of these products contain different ingredients and different chemicals. And for individuals with allergies or sensitive skin, using the wrong products can cause more harm than good resulting in rashes, hives, breakouts and itching. Because of this, it is important for individuals to be informed about product labelling and be able to identify the ingredients to which they are allergic to.
If you have allergies and sensitive skin, you may think that purchasing products labelled as hypoallergenic is the answer, however it’s much better to try to understand the brand and the ingredients. The term hypoallergenic was first used in a cosmetics campaign in the 1950’s. Manufacturers claimed these products cause fewer allergic reactions than other cosmetic products. Individuals with hypersensitive skin may believe these products will be gentler on their skin than non-hypoallergenic products. However, this might not necessary be true.
According to the FDA (American Food and Drug Administration), ‘’there are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term ‘’hypoallergenic’’. The term means whatever a company wants it to mean. Manufacturers of cosmetics labelled as hypoallergenic are not required to submit substantiation of their hyperallergenic claims to FDA. The EU does not regulate hypoallergenic claims either.
The word hypo meaning ‘’under’’, refers to products which are thought to cause fewer reactions than non-hypoallergenic products. Today, hypoallergenic labelling is used on products that don’t contain common allergens. For example, some fragrances cause allergies so a products labelled hypoallergenic may (or may not) be fragrance-free. Individuals must also be aware that it is possible to have a reaction to a hypoallergenic product as unfortunately there is no regulation, testing or certification for labelling products as hypoallergenic.
The Products I use & Trust
As I’ve also done a skincare post, I’ve decided to share some of the makeup brands that work well for my sensitive skin. Some of these products may not be for everyone, but I’ll give my honest opinion on each and the reason I chose them and it may turn out that a few might suit your skin too.
I’m a big fan of the Bare Minerals Brand and have been using their products since I started wearing makeup. I was introduced to their brand by a beautician who carried out a skin analysis on my face when I was 16 because of my problematic and extremely sensitive skin.
Bare Minerals cosmetics are composed of natural minerals and because of this they are less likely to irritate the skin. Due to the lack of Parabens, binders and fillers, mineral makeup is a good choice for sensitive skin and individuals with acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. The formulas are also Non-comedogenic which indicates they have been formulated to avoid causing clogged pores. However, mineral makeup works for all skin types and provides natural looking coverage with a built-in sunscreen, it’s lightweight and decreases aging and is an overall healthier makeup option.
Their motto is Clean Without Compromise as they are Paraben Free, Phthalate Free, Formaldehyde Free, Chemical Sunscreen Free, Triclosan Free, Triclocarban Free, Propylene-glycol Free, Mineral Oil Free, Coal Tar Free, Microbead Free, Cruelty Free and the products I use are also Tree Nut Free.
Bare Minerals Foundation also serves as a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 15 and is easy to reapply throughout the day.
I use the Prime Time Foundation Primer which is Free of all mentioned above plus Gluten Free and Fragrance Free. This primer is silky and glides on to smooth your complexion to provide an excellent base for foundation. It contains natural ingredients including vitamin C and E, soothing plant extracts and antioxidants and for me it helps reduce excess oil on my face.
I have very pale sensitive skin, so I always like a natural looking glow along with good coverage to hide my blemishes. I’ve been using Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 for years and still love it! This foundation feels lightweight on your skin and has a buildable coverage, so you just buff more onto your skin if you want a full coverage look. I feel this foundation doesn’t dry my skin out and usually lasts the full day. For day time I wear the shade Fairly Light 03 and for Nights out or events I use Golden Medium 14 to match my tan.
For concealer I use Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20 which provides light coverage which is buildable for under-eye and acne. It is light weight but provides good coverage for me while allowing my skin to breathe. As this brand is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, artificial oils and is nut free it is perfect for my sensitive skin and doesn’t cause irritation. I feel it also works well with Bare Mineral Foundation. I use the shade Light 1.
Eyes & Brows
For my eyebrows I use the Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow shaping kit in shade 02-Light or the Revolution Brown Pomade in shade Medium Brown. As I have pale skin I always try to go with a natural look and this colour suits me perfectly, however these brow kits also comes in darker shades. If I’m honest I haven’t actually found a mascara I love yet and I rarely wear mascara unless I’m going on a night out or to an event. Some mascaras irritate my eyes and smudge under my eyes so I’m still on the search for my perfect one and will be sure to let you all know when I find it! If you have a recommendation on mascaras for sensitive skin and eyes, I’d really appreciate you leaving the name and brand in the comments below so I can try them!
Bronzer & Blush
My go-to Lipsticks have been Wet n Wild shade Bare It All and Sand Storm. A make up artist recommended these products to me as a Dupe for Mac Lipsticks and I’ve loved them since!
For a finishing powder to set my makeup I use BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder. It’s light, soft and creates a perfect finish for your makeup.
That’s a quick overview of the products I use for my sensitive skin. Hopefully you might find a few recommendations that you might like to try and please do let me know in the comments what products work well for you or other products I should try for sensitive skin.