Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.

Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and reset!

Skin

Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities, toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.

Start with an at-home facial

Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home! Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end to get the blood circulating effectively!

Cleanse twice a day

A skin detox requires cleansing morning and night, but you don’t necessarily have to use the same product for both. If you have dryer skin try using an oil based cleanser in the morning like Gatineau Transforming Cleansing Cream and then a mousse cleanser in the evening like Decleor Neroli Bigarade Cleansing Mousse. If you have oily skin try using a foaming cleanser to remove any surface sebum like the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  

Multi masking!

Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.

Take makeup breaks

I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it can do and glow!

Hair

So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing! We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.

Wash Less

If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.

Have a break from heat styling

Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage. Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it after a few weeks…

Give it some love

Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

Get to Know the Brand: Philosophy

Philosophy is a brand us here at Fragrance Direct have got very excited about. One of the new skincare brands to welcome to the site, it has lots of AMAZING skincare products for you to get your hands on.

If you’ve never tried any of the Philosophy products or heard much about them before then we’re going to take you through a bit about the brand and some of our favourite products, so keep reading!

The background

Philosophy’s moto is to inspire beauty beyond skincare, with products that transform, deliver very real results that instil confidence and wisdom for wellbeing. Their philosophy on skincare is simple: cleanse daily, peel weekly and treat the skin with expert formulas, returning the skin to its ideal state.

Where did Philosophy come from?

The founder of Philosophy was deeply inspired by the beauty of Arizona, the land or surprises and extremes. A place where nature creates true beauty. The Philosophy scientists took this inspiration and used nature to create the best beauty and expert skincare products, combining gold-standard ingredients with natural scents and memorable textures.

Philosophy’s mission

They are a mindful beauty brand that believes beauty is more than skin deep. Their products help you look and feel your best, whilst also having the confidence to seize the day! Philosophy aim to inspire beautiful skin as well as beautiful days with products that consistently deliver visible results.

Skincare, fragrance, bath & body?

Philosophy offer a whole range of different products that cover everything you could need to create a solid beauty regime.

Skincare – their skincare harnesses the power of science and nature with dermatological science for clinical, visible and instant results.

Fragrance – scent your life and live with grace, wearing fragrances that scent the skin from head to toe.

Bath & Body – soak up the joy with playful and joyous bath & body formulas that treat the skin and delight the senses.

Our favourite products

Now after reading that I’m sure you’re excited as we are to try all the amazing products available from Philosophy. Here we have a quick round up of our favourite products and some bestsellers…

Purity Pore Mask

Transform dull and tired skin with this pore-refining mask. In just 60 seconds it gives your skin a luminous, spa-like glow. Including mineral-rich and deep-cleansing sea salts it helps to naturally purify and detoxify the skin while marine extracts and vitamin E help to calm and smooth. The result is visible, clearer and smoother skin after just one use!

Renewed Hope Water Cream

The lightweight, fast absorbing texture of this innovative water cream replenishes parched skin by increasing skin’s hydration levels by 86% and delivers a cooling burst for up to 72 hours. This moisturiser leaves your skin perfectly primed for makeup, with a fresh and natural glow that lasts all day. Formulated with exclusive hydra-glow complex containing Norwegian glacial water, hyaluronic acid and pineapple extract. It leaves the skin feeling infused with moisture with a baby soft feel.  

Nature in a Jar Warming Exfoliator

This gorgeous exfoliator reveals a mousse like texture that gives you a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home! It works to eliminate dulling impurities from the skin and promote a healthy-looking glow. The instant glow facial uses a combination of physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex to gently roll away dry, flaky skin revealing a soft, smooth and illuminated complexion.

Pure Grace Nude Rose EDT Spray

This is beautiful and delicate fragrance that is perfect for the first days of Spring. Effortless simplicity in a composition of delicate blush rose balanced with dewy greens, neroli and bright orange flower cocooned in the warmth and sensuality of cedarwood and sun-kissed musk.

Nature in a Jar Cica Complex Recovery Moisturiser

This restoring and nourishing moisturiser soothes dryness, restores skin’s moisture barrier and reinforces its natural resilience for improved texture and tone. It leaves the skin feeling recovered and revived.

Senorita, Margarita Shampoo and Shower Gel

Bring happy hour home with the Senorita, Margarita Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel, a multi-tasking formula for the hair and body. It transforms into a rich lather when it comes into contact with water, the luxurious wash gentle cleanses and conditions while releasing a energising scent to shake up your shower routine. Added bonus, this product can be poured into your bath to create a tub full of energising and revitalising bubbles.  

A Guide To Understanding Acne

A Guide To Understanding Acne

Whether you’re involved in a long-term relationship with acne, or you suffer from occasional breakouts, understanding the cause can be the key to successful treatment.

From hormonal imbalances to stress, environment, or even diet, there are plenty of possible causes. And, good news, dermatologists are often able to tell the reason for your breakout based on its appearance and location.

Read on for everything you need to know about acne face mapping and spot treatment and trial a couple of solutions at home before shelling out for a dermatologist appointment. If you still can’t crack it, consider booking yourself in for a professional check. It might just be the best thing you ever do for your skin.

What is face mapping for acne?

Face mapping has been around for years, evolving from ancient techniques with not much evidence to support them. The idea is that internal issues show themselves on different parts of your face. For example, face mapping believes that acne on your forehead could mean a problem with your liver.

While internal issues can cause acne and breakouts, it’s not realistic to jump to these kinds of conclusions every time a new spot appears. We can, however, suggest some possible reasons for your skin troubles based on where the problem sits.

Different types of spots

Before we get into the where of your acne or breakouts, let’s look at the what. There are six main types of spots which can be caused by different things and need treating in different ways.

Blackheads

You know the ones. Blackheads are small black or yellowish spots, sometimes raised, which develop inside pores. Blackheads aren’t necessarily filled with dirt but can be coloured because the inside of the hair follicle produces colour. Blackheads will sometimes empty when squeezed.

Whiteheads

Whiteheads are similar in size and appearance to blackheads, although the centre of the spot will be white instead of black or yellow. Whiteheads might be firmer than blackheads.

Papules

A papule is a small red bump which can feel tender when touched.

Pustules

Pustules are small red bumps, like papules, but have a white head in the centre. Pustules are filled with puss and are the kind of spots that will pop when squeezed.

Nodules

A nodule is a large, hard spot which sits beneath the surface of the skin. Nodules can be painful, and no amount of squeezing will pop them.

Cysts

The most difficult type of spot to treat, cysts are large, puss-filled lumps that are hard to remove and should be treated professionally. Cysts are the most likely type of acne spot to scar.

Face mapping – what do spots mean?

You might be able to tell a little about the cause of your acne or breakout depending on where it is on your face. Whether it’s your chin, forehead, cheeks, or back, read on for help understanding the cause of your blemishes.

Acne or spots on the chin

Spots or acne on your chin? If you’re wondering what it means, you’re in luck! The chin is affected quite significantly by hormones.

Dermatologists and specialists have found plenty of research linking spots on the chin, jaw, and lower cheeks to hormonal changes. This part of the face is known as the U-zone. It’s often a problem area for teenagers who’re going through puberty.

While it’s not always the case, hormonal wobbles can cause acne on your chin. If hormones are the cause of your skin problems, the type of acne you see on your chin will most likely be cystic. That means large, sore red bumps which won’t squeeze and small whiteheads that don’t break through the surface.

Of course, there are other possible causes for acne on your chin, like touching or leaning on the area regularly or a reaction to something in your diet.

Some possible causes for hormonal imbalances that can cause chin breakouts are:

  • Your period
  • A messy sleep routine
  • You’ve stopped taking your contraceptive pill
  • Stress

The best way to deal with chin acne is to try and identify the cause. If you’re suffering from regular or constant acne on your chin, think about the above hormonal influencers and try to figure out if one of them is affecting you.

Acne or spots on the cheeks

Spots on the cheeks can be a real pain. They’re super-visible, hard to conceal, and are often sore and red. There are several possible reasons for cheek acne or breakouts, most of which you can control if you understand them properly.

Some dermatologists connect the cheeks to the respiratory system, which includes the lungs and other organs involved in converting oxygen to carbon dioxide. When something bothers your respiratory system, like smoking, allergies, or pollution, you might find you breakout on your cheeks.

The most common cause of cheek acne or breakouts, however, is the transferring of grime and bacteria from other surfaces like your hands, your phone, or an unwashed pillowcase. To combat this, try to be aware of what touches your face. Keep your phone and pillowcases clean and most importantly – hands off!

Acne or spots on the forehead

Another common area for acne or spot breakouts is the forehead. There are several reasons for spots on your forehead; whatever it is that’s getting you, we’re sure you’ll want to do something about it if you can.

Forehead spots can be the result of bladder or digestive problems. These kinds of problems come from the things you eat or don’t eat and the amount of water you’re drinking.

If you’re fighting a constant battle with forehead acne, try increasing the amount of water you consume to at least two litres a day, or cutting processed foods out of your diet. Alternatively, try cutting back on things like dairy, caffeine, and alcohol, all of which can cause spots on your forehead.

Forehead acne or breakouts can also come from puberty or stress. While you can’t necessarily control these things, understanding the cause can be a good way to come to terms with your temporary skin problems.

Acne or spots on the hairline

Hairline acne or spots are – sigh – pretty common. If you have red bumps or whiteheads along your hairline or on your scalp, you’re probably suffering from this type of acne or breakout.

There are several possible causes of hairline spots. Some are controllable, while others are a little more difficult to manage. Take a look below and think about whether any of these factors might be affecting your skin’s condition:

  • Hair hygiene
  • Makeup in the hairline
  • Hair products
  • Helmets, hats, or headbands
  • Hormones
  • Genetics

The good news is, if your hairline acne is coming from an external influencer like grease, makeup, or sweat and dirt trapped by helmets, hats, or headbands, you should be able to deal with it easily. Whether you start washing your hair more frequently or switch your foundation to a lighter coverage that won’t clog pores, adjusting one of these factors should help clear up your acne or breakout quickly.

If, however, you have more severe hairline acne caused by hormonal changes or genetics, you’ll need to be more patient when it comes to treatment. Try picking up an anti-acne medication, wash, or lotion to clear away the spots, and always treat the area with care.

Treating the different types of spots

Now you know a little more about the different types of acne and breakout, you’re better placed to start treatment.

If you think your problem is grease or grime, or that your skin is touching something dirty, you can remove that influencer from the picture. Whether you stop touching your face, wash your pillows once a week, or take a break from your favourite headgear, you might find that the problem clears up within a couple of weeks.

If you’re worried that your acne or breakouts are coming from hormonal wobbles or genetics, for example, if you frequently breakout on your chin or forehead, it might be time to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can recommend changes to your diet and daily routine that might help clear up your blemishes or provide medications to see them off.

For more help understanding skincare, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From a guide to SPF to hypoallergenic beauty, there’s plenty of information to help you uncover your best-ever skin.

Why Wearing SPF All Year Round Is Your Anti-Ageing Secret Weapon

Why Wearing SPF All Year Round Is Your Anti-Ageing Secret Weapon

First things first – what does it stand for and what does it actually mean? SPF, aka, sun protection factor, refers to the amount of protection a product offers against the sun’s damaging UV rays. The number on the label, in fact, refers to a theoretical amount of extra time you can spend in the sun until your skin is truly exposed. For example, if just after 5 minutes you feel a slightly tight, burning sensation, SPF30 would increase that time by 30 until you felt that way. Got it? Let’s continue.

UV rays are pretty lethal. Considering the fact that they have the power to cause skin cancer and premature ageing while remaining naked to the human eye is pretty scary, right? In addition to this, they’re present all year round, no matter the weather. Did you know that approximately 80% of UV rays still make their way through clouds? What’s more, if that water, sand and even snow reflect them. It’s a problem we can’t avoid.

Even in the colder months and the dark, wet winter we all adore (not), while our bodies tend to be pretty covered up, our faces are still very much exposed. In a day and age where we’re finally lucky enough to have moved away from all the old-fashioned pore-blocking formulas that were utterly terrible, we should be making the most of newer skin technology. We’re in an era where SPF has met luxury skincare.

SPF + Luxury Skincare = Soulmates

Today we’re showcasing three standout SPF products that you just need to try! In order of affordable to high end, each one is 100% worth investing in to truly save your skin…

Guinot Age Sun Anti-Ageing Sun Eye Cream SPF50, £21.50, RRP £38.00

Featuring a very high protection formula specifically designed to fully care for the eye area, this cream from Guinot protects the skin against the harmful of effects UVA and UVB rays. It also shields against blue light rays and their harmful effect on skin ageing.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF30, £49.99, RRP £82.00

This daily moisturiser with SPF 30 protection gently resurfaces the skin by stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. This skin-smoothing day cream is perfect for treating yourself to a touch of luxury in the skincare department.   

Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, £62.99, RRP 66.50

Achieve absolute hydration with this incredible product from Dermalogica that helps defend against the internal and external causes of skin ageing. This medium-weight, emollient daily moisturiser with Broad Spectrum SPF50 contains their classic AGE Smart ingredients that are just to die for.

How do you look after your skin all year round? Are you guilty of only topping up the SPF in the summer month when you go on holiday? Trust us, you’ll thank yourselves later when you’ve invested in quality sun protectants for not only your body but your face too. Come on now, who doesn’t want younger looking skin?

Dry January for Your Skin

Dry January for Your Skin

New year, new you? If like us you’ve overdone it a little this Christmas, you might be jumping firmly onto the Dry January wagon. Dry Jan is the UK’s monthlong no-alcohol challenge, which helps millions of people get back in control of their health after the heavy festive period.

Taking a break from alcohol, partying, and unhealthy eating is a great way to get your physical and mental health back to its best for the new year ahead. If you’re joining in with Dry Jan this month, good for you!

What does Dry January involve?

For most people, Dry January means giving up alcohol for 31 days, from New Years Day until the end of the month. However, there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to taking on the challenge.

You might choose to quit alcohol, smoking, unhealthy eating or other bad habits to kick start the year. Anything is better than nothing, and whether you’ll be saying no to a drink or skipping parties altogether, Dry January can be a great way to get in control of your habits for the new year.

How can Dry January help?

The results can vary from person to person, depending on how much alcohol you usually consume and how healthy you are. Many people enjoy benefits like better sleep quality, weight loss, and even better skin when they cut out the alcohol and focus on healthy habits.

  • Improved health overall

Excessive or binge drinking can cause serious health problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol. When you cut out alcohol, you do plenty of good for your body, including improving your overall health and reducing the likelihood of complications in the future.

  • Improved sleep quality

Though alcohol can make falling asleep easier, having a drink can harm the quality of your sleep. Whether you’ve had a little or a lot, alcohol can interfere with your sleep regulation and reduce the amount of REM sleep you get. This means you’re more likely to wake up feeling groggy and unrested even after a full night’s sleep.

As well as improving the quality of your sleep, removing alcohol from your routine can mean more cosy nights relaxing on the sofa. When you skip the nights out and go to bed on time, you’re more likely to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling energised in the morning.

  • Strengthened immune system

Giving up alcohol for January can give your immune system a much-needed boost, helping you fight off any new year colds that might be going around.

  • Weight loss

If you’re in good shape and usually lead a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t expect to lose any more weight throughout your Dry Jan, though you’ll be healthier inside.

However, if you’ve been drinking excessively for some time and you have a little weight to lose, cutting out alcohol for a month can be a great way to shake off a few pounds.

While spirits are mostly low in calories, sugary mixers, wine, and beer are packed with them. If these are your drinks of choice, cutting them out will also mean cutting down calories. Alcohol can cause bloating, too, which means you might find yourself feeling a little slimmer after just a couple of weeks sober.

Of course, if you’re looking to lose serious weight, you’ll need to ensure you’re eating a good diet as well as cutting out alcohol.

  • Save money

Easy! Whether you’re staying home or opting for soft drinks, Dry January is a great way to save a little money in the new year. Non-alcoholic options are always cheaper than their boozy counterparts, while drinks like lime or blackcurrant and soda are sometimes free.

Save the money you’d usually spend in bars or on supermarket booze or find somewhere more productive to spend it. Why not count the amount you’re saving? Putting aside just £50 each weekend throughout Dry January means you’ll have £200 saved by the end of the month. That’s enough to cover a gym membership with plenty to spare.

  • More radiant skin

This is the benefit that’s really enticing to us. Anything for more radiant skin, right? Cutting out alcohol can help improve your skin’s hydration, tone, and elasticity.

What does alcohol do to the skin?

When you drink alcohol of any kind, the drug metabolises into a compound which makes blood vessels relax. This is what causes that tell-tale red flush and puffiness that often comes along after a few drinks – no thank you.

As well as affecting your skin’s tone, alcohol is super-dehydrating. When you drink, you’ll find yourself visiting the toilet more often than usual, which means losing water quickly. When you’re dehydrated your skin suffers, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more visible too.

Need more? Alcohol also reduces your vitamin A levels. Less of the collagen-producing antioxidant can be a nightmare when it comes to your skin’s appearance. Collagen is one of our skin’s most important proteins, and when it lacks, skin can appear weak and dull.

Finally, sugar. If your drinks of choice include fruity cocktails and sweet white wine, you’re sure to be consuming an excess of sugar every time you indulge. It’s no secret that sugar is bad for our health, but did you know that the sweet stuff can also lead to breakouts?

Can Dry January make a difference to the skin?

Yes! Your skin takes around 28 days to renew itself. That’s just less than the 31 days of Dry January, which means taking the pledge will give your skin enough time to reap the benefits.

Taking a month off from alcohol allows you to experience your skin at its best, which might encourage you to say no to a drink a little more often in the future. After a month alcohol-free, your skin should feel more hydrated, plumper, and more even in tone.

How to have fun in Dry January

Saying no to the alcohol doesn’t mean saying no to the fun. Many people even find that their mood is improved after a break from the booze. Whether you’re regularly stressing about money or you suffer from the dreaded hangover anxiety, there are plenty of ways Dry January can help improve your mood.

Save the money you might have spent on drinks and plan a day out with some friends or family. You can still join in on dinners and drinking events throughout your Dry Jan, just opt for a freshly squeezed lime and soda or lemon water to replace your G&T perfectly.

Enhancing your skincare routine

If you’re diving into Dry Jan and expecting to see results on your skin, why not give yourself a boost by switching up your skincare routine?

Introducing a new moisturiser or night cream into your daily rotation can perk up your skin after the heavy Christmas period. Combined with a Dry January, adding a new product to your skincare routine is a great way to see results.

Our favourite post-festive tradition involves taking a little of the money saved in Dry Jan and splashing out on a new luxury skincare product. This year? We’re going for Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream and Dermalogica’s nourishing Special Cleansing Gel.

Searching for more inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for plenty of tips and tricks that’ll have you feeling like your best self in 2020.

Hypoallergenic Beauty – The Best Makeup & Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Hypoallergenic Beauty – The Best Makeup & Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Choosing the best skincare products can be tough. With so many tried-and-tested options available and brilliant brands emerging year after year, knowing which ingredients and formulas will work for you can be tricky. If you have sensitive skin or an allergy, the problem becomes even more difficult to avoid.

Well, we’re here for you, no matter what your skincare needs. In this guide, we’ll run through some of the biggest sensitive skin and skincare allergy questions, help you search for solutions, and recommend some of our favourite products to keep allergy-prone skin healthy.

Identifying sensitive or allergy-prone skin

One of the most important elements of skincare is being able to understand your unique needs. Every face is different, and whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you might suffer from allergies and sensitivities to some ingredients.

If you break out in an itchy or red rash after using a cosmetic, it’s a clear sign of an allergic reaction or irritation.

Unfortunately, symptoms aren’t always quite so easy to spot. Some allergies can lead to dryness, flakiness, bumps, and an uneven skin tone. Reactions like these are often dismissed because, for some people, they seem like an unavoidable problem. Before you start searching for more products to combat your skin issues, consider allergies. If you’re allergic to some skincare, the key will be removing or replacing steps from your routine.

The types of skin reaction

There are a few different ways to talk about skin allergies and reactions. For example, dermatitis is the term used to describe red, itchy, patchy rashes or skin irritations.

Contact dermatitis is the type of dermatitis caused by something that touches the skin. If you’re allergic to your haircare, deodorant, skincare, or makeup, you might break out in contact dermatitis of some kind.


Most cases of contact dermatitis are irritant contact dermatitis, which means that they’re caused by something you’ve touched but don’t involve the immune system. These reactions are only present on the skin.

Finally, allergic contact dermatitis is a true allergy to something. If you have allergic contact dermatitis and your skin comes into contact with a trigger, your reaction will usually be more severe and last for up to a couple of days.

What does a skincare allergy look like?

If you’re suffering from contact dermatitis, your symptoms might include:

  • Raised bumps
  • Itchy skin
  • Redness
  • Small blisters
  • Dryness
  • Dehydration

None of these symptoms sound like things you want to deal with on your face, or anywhere else on your body for that matter. That’s why recognising the signs of a skincare allergy or intolerance can be so helpful. The sooner you spot the symptoms, the sooner you can get to the bottom of what’s causing them.

Why am I allergic to skincare and beauty products?

Contact dermatitis is more likely to affect your face than on another part of your body because the skin there, particularly around your eyes, is thinner and more sensitive.

If you’re allergic or intolerant to some skincare, there isn’t a lot you can do. Thankfully, there are plenty more fish in the sea (in our case, products on the shelves), which means switching up your routine shouldn’t be too tricky.

Can I become allergic to products I’ve always used?

Yes. Irritant contact dermatitis, the type that doesn’t affect the immune system, can develop over time. This is because, if you’re using a skincare or makeup product every day, your skin can become overexposed to it. Applying a substance to your skin every day can wear down its ideal state and cause a reaction over time.

That’s why it can be a good idea to change your skincare and makeup routine occasionally. If you use harsh products on your face, like a cleanser or exfoliator that leaves your skin feeling clean and tight, it can be a good idea to switch these products for gentler alternatives for a while. You can always go back to them, but giving your skin a break might just help you avoid a reaction.

Which beauty products might I be allergic to?

Everyone’s skin is different, which means it’s impossible for us to tell you which ingredients and products you’re allergic to. However, some ingredients are more likely to cause a reaction than others.

A lot of people are allergic to fragrances, which can be found in skincare and haircare products. There are plenty of fragrance-free options available to combat this problem, so give them a go if you think you have an intolerance. Fragrance-free products are usually best for sensitive skin, whether an allergy is present or not.

Some preservatives can also cause contact dermatitis, though unfortunately they’re needed in most skincare and beauty products.

Finally, colourants. People who are allergic to colourants in food are also likely to be allergic to them in cosmetics.

Can I be allergic to natural beauty products?

Yes. Natural ingredients can cause contact dermatitis just like artificial ones. Just like we can be allergic to natural things like pollen, nuts, and fruits, we can be allergic to natural ingredients in skincare and cosmetics.

Essential oils are frequent offenders, with many people experiencing skin reactions to products which contain them, especially in high concentrations.

So, if you’re having a reaction to a cosmetic product, don’t dismiss your natural or organic products straight away!

Figuring out which products you’re allergic to

This can be tricky. If you’ve noticed an immediate reaction to a new product, you’ll be able to remove it from your routine without any difficulty. However, if you’ve started experiencing mild symptoms and you aren’t using any new products, you’ll need to put in some work to figure out what’s causing dermatitis.

Try removing products one at a time to see if symptoms improve. It can take a couple of weeks to see a difference, so you’ll need to be patient to get to the bottom of it.

If your symptoms are severe or won’t go away, it can be a good idea to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can perform a patch test to tell you which ingredients you’re allergic to.

Caring for skin after a reaction

If you do have a reaction, you’ll need to care for your skin properly to help it heal as quickly as possible. Most contact dermatitis will go away on its own, as long as you stop using the product that’s caused it, but there are some things you can do to help the process along.

  • Treat the affected area gently
  • Don’t scrub or scratch
  • No perfumed soaps or lotions
  • Apply a thin layer of Vaseline or soothing ointment

With the right treatment and time to recover, your skin should go back to its normal healthy state in no time.

The best hypoallergenic makeup and skincare

If you’re looking for new products to avoid contact dermatitis, these gentle and hypoallergenic options are a good place to start.

Gentle soaps and cleansers

Gentle moisturisers

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