After winter is over my allergies start. It starts with hay fever. While everyone is enjoying the first rays of sunshine, I can’t leave my house. My eyes are swollen red and I can’t stop sneezing. Meditation usually works, but not for the full 100 percent.
Usually in July my hay fever is over. But then my next allergy starts: sun allergy. My skin turns red swollen or I get bumps.
During both allergies my skin becomes extremely sensitive, especially my face. It becomes red quickly, it burns and I get bumps (sometimes they become very big!).
So when you suffer from allergies too, it’s important to adapt your skin care routine. So that you burden your skin less.
Allergic reaction of your skin
An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system reacts to allergens in a different way, for example by pollen or sun rays. This disrupts your immune system.
When the allergens end up on your skin, they penetrate your skin. Your skin activates substances that signal to release histamine. Histamine causes irritation, swelling, redness, a burning sensation and itching. This makes you rub and scratch more. This will damage your skin.
Eventually your skin barrier will be damaged, making it easier for allergens to penetrate your skin. This causes more skin irritation.
Histamine is most active at night. So in the morning you’ll suffer the most from reactive skin.
How to treat a reactive skin
It’s important to choose products that are adapted to a reactive skin. Hypoallergenic products are the best.
What are hypoallergenic products?
Hypoallergenic is a term that comes from the cosmetics world. It means: substance with a low potential allergic reaction. So you have a low chance to get an allergic reaction to it.
But actually there are no rules for using the word hypoallergenic. So everyone can just put the word on the packaging without consequences.
That’s why it is important to discover for yourself which substances irritate your skin the most.
Here is a list of irritating ingredients, but that doesn’t mean your skin will react to it:
- Balm of Peru
- Cinnamic acid
- Mint-like substances
- Citric-like substances
- Tea tree oil
- Witch hazel
- Ylang ylang
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Methyl nicotinate
- Synthetic dyes
Hypoallergenic skin care routine
Before you try a new skin care product, always do a patch test first.