A few weeks ago while playing around on Facebook and Twitter, I happened to mention I was blogging about makeup tips for sensitive skin and my feed was going crazy!
It seems that so many of you, sensitive or not sensitive, have had a reaction to a mainstream makeup product.
Strange that there are so few makeup brands that make sensitive skin, no?
To be honest, navigating in sensitive, skin-friendly make-up is a small minefield, because there are few fixed rules and what you can tolerate another, you can react to.
That being said, here are my top products to watch out for:
1st under-eye concealer
3 of your 5 worst offenders were eye make-up products.
This is because the skin around the eyes is thinnest and most sensitive on the face and therefore most susceptible to reactions.
Although only a few specific ingredients have to be observed, metal oxide dyes or TEA (triethanolamine) can cause reactions.
If you react to an eye make-up product, remove it as soon as possible with a gentle detergent and rinse the eye with cold water.
2. Mineral foundations
One should be careful – since mineral make-up is often touted as a make-up solution for sensitive skin (I myself recommend it as a natural sun protection factor).
If you choose a mineral primer, look for one that is bismuth oxychloride free.
Bismuth oxychloride is the ingredient that makes mineral makeup iridescent, but it can be very irritating and itchy sensitive skin, especially when it's warm.
3. Gradual tan
Although I wasn't technically makeup, so many people had reactions to Gradual Tan products that I had to involve them.
In addition to artificial fragrances and preservatives, some people can also react to dihydroxyacetone (DHA) – the active component of tanning.
DHA can irritate sensitive areas and should be kept away from the eyes and lips.
4. Hypoallergenic make-up
Many people with sensitive skin are immediately attracted to products that are labeled as "hypoallergenic".
It is important to note, however, that hypoallergenic products cannot cause a reaction, but are only less likely than their more irritating counterparts.
There is no industry standard for "hypoallergenic", it really is more of a marketing term – so shop carefully!