Have you ever applied makeup and later on – after you’d washed off your make-up, you found that your skin was dry and patchy maybe even a bit red? Your eyes itch and get watery when you put on more makeup than usual for a night out?  Well everyone’s skin reacts differently to products for instance fragrance might not bother a friend but cause you to break out in a rash. In order to use the correct products you need to listen to what your skin is telling you.Listen to your skin

Common ingredients that can be irritants to your skin:

  • Fragrance – Both natural and artificial fragrances can cause reactions, some people just have very sensitive skin so it’s better to find products that are fragrance-free wherever possible.
  • Parabens – Parabens such as methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben, are preservatives in cosmetics, these are likely to irritate existing skin problems such as eczema and rashes.
  • Alcohols – SD alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth 20, and denatured alcohol can be drying and cause irritation of the skin.
  • Herbal extracts – Yes, they are natural however people with allergies to certain plants will react to oils of those plants. For example, people who are allergic to ragweed should avoid anything made from chamomile.
  • Butters and oils – Cocoa butter is a common ingredient in many cosmetics and can cause a reaction to people who are allergic to chocolate. Important hint: some oils and butters such as almond oil are derived from nuts and should be avoided by anyone allergic to them.

What are my options if I am allergic to certain makeup products?


If you struggle with makeup side effects then there are many products on today’s market that are hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic makeup contains less of or none of the allergens that are most commonly found in make-up. You can find them at any makeup stores, and you can just ask the shop attendants.

You will find that the cheaper makeup brands are not hypoallergenic and are brands to definitely stay away from if you suffer from any allergies or side effects, your skin is important and needs to be listened to and looked after. If your skin disagrees with a product you should stop using it immediately.

Are hypoallergenic products expensive?

Yes and no, initially products that were hypoallergenic were expensive and brands such as Physicians Formula will lead you to buy eyeliner that is almost R200.00, it is a brilliant brand of makeup that is hypoallergenic but now there are many more options that are less expensive.

Michelle Ori is a make-up brand that has released a range of hypoallergenic makeup products; there is a hypoallergenic eyeliner, lip liner and eyebrow pencils. Not only is Michelle Ori offering hypoallergenic make-up but it is also animal testing free. An eyeliner will only set you back R85.00 and an eyebrow pencil R95.00. Michelle Ori hypoallergenic

Many women are now switching to hypoallergenic makeup, not because they are allergic to anything in it, but rather because hypoallergenic makeup is healthier for your skin. Many women find hypoallergenic makeup to not dry their skin out and find it makes their skin feel better than other makeup.

Listening to your skin is so important; if you look after your skin you will reap the rewards of long lasting good skin that looks and feels healthy.

What skin problems are you experiencing and what products do you prefer to use?


Danielle Combrink