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Southern Californias R.R. Magazine

Makeup Allergy and Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics

Yes,
they help us feel more beautiful and confident, but you should know
that certain ingredients, such as preservatives or fragrances can cause allergic reactions because they can act like antigens.

Eye
Makeup Allergy Symptoms

Eye
makeup allergy can be associated with other allergic conditions such
as atopic eczema, or dermatitis or hay fever (allergic rhinitis). But
how can you spot that you’re in fact dealing with makeup allergy
Here are some typical symptoms!

Among
these symptoms we may include the inflammation of the conjunctiva,
caused mainly by the allergens’ reaction. This inflammation causes
the enlargement of blood vessels in the conjunctiva. What’s the
result The unpleasing red aspect of your eyes (it can range from
mild redness to severe swelling).

Makeup
Allergy Ingredients

If
you found out what the main symptoms of makeup allergy are, you
should also know what are the cosmetic ingredients that cause these
reactions, so that you can prevent allergies from now on.

Makeup Allergy Ingredients

Shea
Butter

Shea
butter seems completely harmless but if you happen to have a nut
allergy, you can turn out to be very sensitive to it. The author of
Simple Skin Beauty, Dr. Ellen Marmur, claims that those
allergic to nuts can experience sensitivity towards cocoa and shea
butter, even to natural ingredients.

Triclosan

Because
this is also flu season, we have the tendency to wash our hands more
frequently and in some cases, soap can cause some itchy rashes to our
hands. If they’re inflamed, we recommend staying away from any type
of sanitizer that has triclosan among its ingredients.

Parabens

You
should stay away from these preservatives because they can cause
makeup allergy rash. Manufacturers use parabens (e.g. benzyl, propyl,
methyl, etc.) because they’re cheap and, if you experience redness,
you should start searching for products that are paraben-free, such
as Aubrey Organics or Dr. Hauschka.

Phthalates Free Nail Polishes

Phthalates

Also
called dinbututyl phthlate, it is frequently used by cosmetic
companies to extend the life of nail polishes. Listed as DBP, it is
considered to be a potential cause of birth defects and allergic
rashes and has been banned in Europe. So, if you want to buy a new
nail polish, find one that is phthlate free.

We
suggest trying out Spa Ritual or Zoya because they have a wide range
of great products. Just go on Zoya’s website and choose your favorite
nail polish ($8 each).

See also:
Beauty Products You Don’t Need
Swollen Eyelid Causes and Treatment

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