NO PARABENS by Vickie Kline

paraben freeAre you familiar with parabens? If not, you should be.

Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries to prevent the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life in products. Parabens are the most widely used preservative and appear in personal care products that contain significant amounts of water, such as, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, cleansers, and deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through the skin and have been linked to cancer and other health conditions since they have some toxicity, which is used to kill bacteria in water-based solutions. I, personally, have allergic skin reactions to products that contain parabens.

So, what to do? Well, check product labels and look for those that are paraben free. I have found a nice line of cosmetic products called La Roche Posay. They don’t carry make-up, but they do have every type of skin care product imaginable. The great part is I can use these and have no reaction. I am also confident that the growth of bacteria is not a concern because other natural, plant-derived ingredients are used to prevent this.

If you have reactions to make-up and skin cleansing products, try going paraben-free. You may be surprised at the results.

Strive to be healthy!

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Allergic to cosmetics??

Along with my allergies comes a sensitivity to cosmetics and many brands of makeup. Some make my eyes swell, others make my face itch, and still others cause me to sneeze. Very difficult to look good at my age when I’m unable to use cosmetics. I knew I had to find a solution.

First off, my skin is extremely oily and acne-prone, so I had to find cosmetics suited to my skin type. Thirty years ago before I displayed cosmetic allergies, I used Mary Kay products. These worked well for me until they changed their formula to a mineral-based makeup. At that point I was forced to change brands. I tried many lines, from cheap to expensive, and most would work for a while. But before long I always noticed the problems with my itching eyes and skin.

My next purchase was a hypoallergenic line. I believe hypoallergenic is another way of saying “fragrance free.” There was no fragrance or scent, but I still had an allergic reaction. For most people fragrance free probably works, but I am not most people. There is something in cosmetics, other than fragrance, that my skin cannot tolerate. I have tried to find out what that is, but without much luck. It is difficult to compare product ingredients by the bottle because that requires putting them side-by-side and comparing the contents. So I went online. When I search the ingredients of a specific cosmetic brand online, I find a list of things NOT included. It is difficult to find a listing of what is actually contained in the products.

My next step was to begin trying different brands that had tester samples and a return policy. Sometimes I could tell just by the smell of a product that it wouldn’t work for me. Other times it would take up to a week for the allergic reaction to present itself. I wanted to make sure I had the option to return the product if this happened.

After working through Almay, Arbonne, Clinique, and Laura Mercier, I found Tarte. From checking ingredients, I know that Tarte is formulated without mineral oil, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, paraben, and sodium lauryl sulfate. This must be good because I seem to get along fine with this line. I’m able to use the foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, and blush. Tarte falls in the mid price range and is available online or through Sephora.

I’m still working to determine exactly what ingredient(s) causes my problems… but I look better while doing it with Tarte. So whether you find yourself in the category of those who are allergic to cosmetics, or you just want to be environmentally conscious, do it with Tarte!

Strive to be healthy!