Hypoallergenic is a term which is used to refer to those products that provoke less of an allergenic reaction in a person’s skin as compared to other skincare products. These products are mostly used by those who suffer from allergies and need products which do not worsen the existing condition.
Hypoallergenic skincare is different from normal or everyday skincare and needs more considerations and things to keep in mind. Hypoallergenic basically means to have a decreased tendency to cause inflammation or any other kinds of skin allergies or problems. The following is the ideal hypoallergenic skincare regime that one with allergies can follow:
- In order to choose hypoallergenic products, you will need to pay close attention to the label and the ingredients. Often, even normal products are labeled as hypoallergenic but one must not be confused and should take a look at the exact ingredients.
- One must avoid buying any products which contain those components which he/she is not allowed to use or is allergic to. For example, some hypoallergenic shampoos contain a chemical foaming agent known as sodium lauryl sulfate which can cause irritation to the skin and those with sensitive skin must avoid using such shampoos.
- Often, it is the fragrances, the botanicals and the preservatives which can cause allergies or lead to a skin reaction. Thus before choosing a hypoallergenic product, one must make sure that it doesn’t contain any such ingredients.
- A lot of people think that natural products and herbs are well suited for even sensitive skin and can be used on allergic skin. But this is not always true because even some of the herbs and pure items can cause irritation or inflammation on the skin.
- It is best to buy those products which are free from chemicals and are free of non-toxic ingredients.
- One who is allergic to skincare products or has tendency to get skin inflamed must aim to buy those products which have a short and safe list of ingredients. This means that such a product will have fewer ingredients that the skin can potentially react to.
- Once you are done buying, make sure you don’t use a large quantity of the product at once. Go slow and apply a little amount first to see if it causes any irritation or rashes on the skin. If there is redness or itching, then you must stop as that hypoallergenic product may not be ideal for you.
- When trying out a new skincare product, always ask for a tester or a small packaging. If the product works fine for you, you can buy a bigger pack the next time.
- If you have sensitive skin, you can contact a skin doctor and use products recommended by him/her. Many medicinal skincare products are comparatively safer to use than those that are present in the market.
- Try creating your own skincare masks and products at home and add only those ingredients to them to which you are not allergic.