Before many studies had been done about makeup’s effect on the skin, it was created with whatever chemicals were on hand. Research into makeup was more about the best coloring and coverage materials than how those materials would affect the skin. Because of this focus, many of today’s makeup lines contain harsh and even harmful ingredients, which can irritate skin, even if it is not sensitive. Ingredients like artificial colors, preservatives (parabens), fragrances, and even chemicals that create free radicals, abound in many makeup lines.
For the woman who prefers natural makeup solutions or who has skin sensitive to the harsh ingredients in traditional makeup, there is an alternative. Hypoallergenic cosmetics are designed with the skin in mind. Instead of pumping nasty chemicals and artificial colorants and fragrances into the makeup, natural, skin-friendly ingredients are selected to create makeup that feels fresh, is long-lasting, won’t clog pores, and won’t exacerbate existing skin concerns.
For example, many women with chronically dry skin, thin skin, or rosacea have preferred to go without makeup, rather than introduce the irritants that only worsen their conditions. Hypoallergenic cosmetics do the opposite. They soothe the skin, helping to heal and restore the skin’s natural beauty.
How to Test a Cosmetic
One of the problems first faced by companies when formulating hypoallergenic lines was the issue of the skin itself. Every woman is different, so all skin is different, and it was difficult to come up with products that would react the same way on every woman’s skin. Because the process still has not been perfected, it is important to test your hypoallergenic cosmetic before applying it to your entire face or body.
To test your new cosmetic, put a small part on the inside of your elbow. This skin has the same density and sensitivity as the skin on your face. If there is an immediate negative reaction, that cosmetic is probably not the one for you. If after twenty-four hours, your skin has not reacted to the makeup or lotion, it is safe to use.
Where to Find Hypoallergenic Cosmetics
Most stores now carry a hypoallergenic cosmetic line, though not all are created equally. You can also find many online stores that provide these lines, but before buying, you must be sure that the makeup is actually hypoallergenic, and not simply labeled as such. Whether you purchase online or in the store, read the list of ingredients and be sure that it does contain anything known to be harmful to skin.
Big name stores will often try to pass their normal makeup line off as hypoallergenic in order to increase their sales. Online stores are more likely to offer you something that truly is good for your skin.
Available Hypoallergenic Cosmetics
Hypoallergenic makeup now comes in every variation, from lipstick, to blush, to eye shadow. Almost any cosmetic available in stores is also available in a hypoallergenic variety, though the skin-friendly version may have more muted colors and tones, as they are made from natural ingredients.