It's a common question: "Are your products hypoallergenic?"
Let's talk about this. Much like "chemical free" and "so safe you can eat it!," hypoallergenic sounds wonderful, but what does it really mean???
Hypoallergenic: It's a popular, official sounding term. The reality is that the term is meaningless -- doing nothing other than providing people with a false sense of safety. "Hypoallergenic" implies that a product is less likely to cause a skin reaction, but science tells us that, in many cases, these claims are many times false. It is a common marketing gimmick in the beauty industry.
“The FDA does not regulate or define the term hypoallergenic,” says Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor and director of Baylor’s Contact Dermatitis Clinic.
There is NO regulation, nor are there any federal definitions or standards when it comes to hypoallergenic. In fact, hypoallergenic can essentially mean whatever a company wants it to mean.
When a company claims that their product is hypoallergenic, they do not have to submit any research or documentation to substantiate that their product is hypoallergenic.
Myth: Here is a quote from a "hypoallergenic" bodycare brand's website: "Hypoallergenic products do not contain allergens."
Fact: This is nonsense.
"People think 'hypoallergenic' means there are no allergens. That is just not the case," says Stacy Malkan, activist, author, and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
If you have ever had an adverse reaction to a product, you know all too well the redness, itching and irritation associated with that experience. Unfortunately, companies use that as an angle to market their products and provide a false sense of trust that their product is safer for you.
Do not fall for this. Anything can cause an allergic response, even the most natural, typically gentle ingredients . There is no regulation of this marketing buzzword and it is just a gimmick leading consumers to spend more money on their products.
We talk quite a bit about transparency and the importance of being informed consumers. Everyone deserves the best products with the best ingredients. They deserve the truth -- to know that the companies they are supporting are being frank and not glossing over the facts. If we could say, "YES, our products are hypoallergenic", we would. Knowing that even aloe or lavender could be a potential allergen for someone, though, it would not be honest. No one can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that a body care product is truly hypoallergenic. We hope that this makes label reading a bit easier for you in the future.
Have sensitive skin, and want to avoid reactions? Select products for sensitive skin, and we recommend products without synthetic fragrance (synthetic fragrance is the #1 skin irritant.) Only buy products that list all ingredients, and then keep track of what products create problems...monitoring what ingredients could be creating issues for you.
It seems that we're right in the middle of cold and flu season. In addition to feeling like you have been run over by a truck, when you are under the weather, your skin can reflect how you feel on the inside. We would like to share some of our best tips for your skin during cold and flu season:
1. Wash your hands.
Washing your hands with soap and warm water is your best line of defense against the germs that are out there floating around. No need for anti-bacterial soap, says the CDC. Unless you are a hospital visitor or in the medical field, regular soap and water will be effective. If there is no soap available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in a pinch.
Last week, we took a look at the differences between body lotion and body cream for moisturizing the body. Continuing our discussion, today we're look at body oils and sharing why (and how) using a body oil will benefit the skin.
Let's talk aboutVitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate). Why do we use this ingredient in our facial moisturizers? You may have heard in the past that Vitamin C is great for the skin, but may have been unsure why it is so beneficial. There are many types of Vitamin C used in skin care and there is an abundance of notable research to validate both the efficacy and stability of Ascorbyl Palmitate. This is important to note because some forms of the vitamin break down much more easily.
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