What you put ON your body goes IN your body
No matter how “clean” your nutrition is and how much you exercise – if you still use regular beauty products with parabens, chemicals, sulfates – you are still overloading your system with toxins.
Because believe it or not – whatever you out on your body gets absorbed by our skin. Paraben, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Silicons can get into our blood system and cause serious damage to our cells.
Irritated skin is often the first indicator that our body recognized these chemicals as enemies. Eczema, hives and general allergic reactions should be seen as a red flag.
Thus, it does make sense to try to stick to natural ingredients and beauty products as much as possible. As someone who has dealt with allergic reactions from early childhood on, I would like to share my favorite products with you today. I will share my hypoallergenic watch, oils and jewelry with you and hope you will find this helpful!
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All about Skin Allergies
Skin Allergy Types
One of the most common types of skin allergy are Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis. This condition is caused by leaks in our skin barrier, which results in dry skin that is prone to irritation and inflammation by environmental factors. Many people with eczema also have food sensitivities which can worsen the skin allergy symptoms. Eczema is often linked with asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergies in general.
The next type is Allergic Contact Dermatitis. It occurs when your skin comes in direct contact with an allergen. An example for this would be nickel allergy. Your skin comes in contact with jewelry made out of nickel and you develop red, scaly, itchy or swollen skin at the point of contact.
Urticaria (Hives): Hives are the results of histamine, a molecule our immune cells release when triggered. This molecule causes small blood vessels to leak, which leads to swelling in the skin. If the swelling occurs in the deep layer of our skin, it is also called angioedema. The acute form of hives can be triggered by food, heat or exercise, medications or insect bites. Chronic forms of urticaria can last for months and even years. They often don’t have a specific trigger and the cause cannot be detected by allergy tests.
Skin Allergy Causes
Allergic reactions on the skin are mostly caused by immune system disorders, medications and infections. Our immune system has cells in our skin that have the task to detect possibly harmful substances. Those are seen as allergens and have to be removed to protect our body. When these cells, also called Merkel cells, detect an allergen, they release specific molecules to set an alarm in our body. Multiple immune cells are called to destroy that antigen. Blood flow to that area increases and immune cells flood in to protect our body. This is the reason your skin gets red, hot and even hurts when you have an allergic reaction.
Hypoallergenic Skin and Hair Care
Wash your face with Honey
This is the first step. Honey has amazing benefits not only for your skin but also for your general health. It is anti-inflammatory and is used to treat rheumatic diseases, asthma, acne, wounds and burns. It moisturizes and cleans your pores and is full of antioxidants, thus it rejuvenates your skin. Wash your face with this superfood and you will get shiny, smooth skin and recognize a reduction in red spots and eczema as well.
Best Oils for Skin and Hair Care:
- Almond Oil: Filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, this oil is perfect for allergic skin. It is soothing and eases the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis too.
- Olive Oil: Massage this into your scalp once or twice a week before washing your hair. This oil is antifungal and antibacterial and helps especially if you have a very dry and itchy scalp.
- Jojoba Oil: Softens skin and smooths frizz, conditions and keeps your hair strong.
- Grapeseed Oil: All you need for anti-aging purposes. This oil helps restore collagen, the main protein our skin is made of (and makes it look soft and vital). It helps skin stay firm and calms inflammation, as it is full of polyphenols, strong antioxidants.
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and E and Vitamin A – which is perfect to fight effects of aging. It protects your skin from chemicals and toxins as well.
- Sesame Seed Oil: Increases skin circulation and nourishes your skin with its high content of healthy fats, such as linoleic acid, palmitic and oleic fatty acids.
- Pomegranate seed oil: Full of antioxidants (you should eat them too!), restores collagen and reduces its breakdown, makes your skin look youthful and firm.
- Carrot Seed Oil: This is one of the main ingredients I use to make my own sun protection. It is very high in Vitamin A, antioxidants and reduces inflammation in your skin. It is perfect to prevent and treat eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Rose Oil: Very soothing, especially for sensitive skin. It seems to have a therapeutic effects as well (the scent is stress-relieving).
- Avocado Oil: Helps reduce age spots, heals scars, moisturizes upper layers of skin. It is very high in essential fatty acids, contains vitamins A, C, D, E, proteins, beta-carotine, lecithin, and potassium. Lastly, it significantly increases collagen fibers in your skin and offers mild UV protection.
- Evening Primrose Oil: This oil is exceptionally high in linoleic acid and GLA. It can treat eczema, psoriasis. It is moisturizing and softening, rejuvenates skin cells, thus it is a perfect anti-aging skin care product.
- Coconut Oil: Nourishing fatty acids keep the skin cells moist and strong by minimizing water loss. Also great for cooking!
- Argan Oil: Loaded with vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins. Ultra-hydrating for skin and strengthens hair, also a great nail treatment on its own.
How I use Oils
Instead of buying products that contain maybe as little as 2-5% of this super-oils, I use the 100% pure version. No cremes, no anti-aging products required. I wash my face every morning with Honey and after that I massage a few drops of an oil into my skin. Which one I choose depends on the time of the year (summer vs. winter), whether my skin is dry or not. It is good to switch it up and not always use the same products on your skin.
In the summer, I favor oils that contain more antioxidants, such as Carrot seed oil or Pomegranate seed oil. In the winter, almond, coconut or jojoba oil are great to moisturize the skin and protect it from the cold.
For my hair, I use a natural shampoo that has 4 ingredients. Make sure to choose a shampoo that does not contain any chemicals and alcohols and sulfates, especially sodium laureth sulfate.
Hypoallergenic Watch and Jewelry
Many people react allergic to specific metals. This can cause the skin to itch and turn red, sometimes even leave a rash. Any part of your body can be affected by this – your neck, ear lobes, red marks where jewelry has touched, swelling and blisters. As I explained above, this type of allergy is called Allergic Contact Dermatitis. Whenever your skin touches the allergenic material, you will experience these symptoms.
Common jewelry allergies
The most common jewelry allergy is to nickel. In fact, almost 15% of the population is allergic to nickel. Nickel can be found in many products that touch skin, ranging from earring posts, body jewelry, eyeglass frames, watchbands, button, zippers, and costume jewelry, to basic hair pins.
For your hypoallergenic jewelry, choose pure metals such as platinum, 18k gold, titanium, copper, and stainless steel, fine silver and sterling silver.
For your watch, it is best to choose wooden watches. Most people wear their watches all the time, thus it is best to go with the most hypoallergenic material as possible, which would be wood. However, the wood has to be 100% natural and free of toxins, of course.
Regarding stainless steel, research has shown that low-sulfur stainless steel grades elicit no reactions in patients already sensitized to nickel. When you are buying something made out of stainless steel, you should ask for the steel grades and the release of nickel of it.
What I use
As I suffer from allergic contact dermatitis, I have to choose hypoallergenic jewelry.
For my necklaces and earrings, I stick with pure gold, fine or sterling silver and stainless steel that has a low amount of sulfur in it.
When it comes to watches, I am particularly fond of my new wooden watch I recently good from JORD Watches. JORD wood watches are handcrafted from natural woods — Maple, Bamboo, Koa, Zebrawood, and Sandalwood among them, and the glass in this watch is a scratch-proof “blue film” glass.
These watches are not only beautiful and unique, they are also made out of sustainable resources from around the world.
The strap is made out of stainless steel with a steel grade of 304. According to Wood Watch, this steel grade is low in sulfur, thus suited for Nickel allergy patients as well. I have been wearing it non-stop for 2 weeks now and have never had any reaction to it.
These watches have their price, of course but if you think about it, healthy living is pricey anyways, think of organic meat and produce. In my opinion, health is more worth than anything because if you are sick, a new handbag will be worthless and not come to your rescue. Invest your money into the right things and you will benefit from it your entire life.
I chose this watch because I can combine health with style – win win, if you ask me.
I hope this little guide to hypoallergenic beauty products helped you. It may be a little bit different from the other articles you can find on my website, however, I have spent hours of research in the past 7 years to find products that fit my sensitive skin and hair the best.
Health does not only come from the inside, what you out on your skin matters just as much as how many grams of sugar you ate.
What about you? Do you use natural product for your skin? Which oils are your favorite? Have you ever possessed a wooden watch?
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