It’s been a great first half of 2017 for me, allergy-wise. I haven’t had a flare-up, thankfully, but that is down to a lot of hard work and being very aware of what I am putting on my skin, what I am eating, and other products I am using around the flat. Living in London, and travelling on public transport every day will expose anyone to unseen toxins, which I believe have some impact on skin, lung, and general health… I sneeze a lot. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about it expect to move house, jobs, and life… not yet 🙂
What I have noticed, however, is more of my friends reporting sensitive skin issues, with bouts of eczema, rashes and sensitivities, which they’ve never experienced before. They are having to use medication to get eczema under control, and then more medication to manage the condition, which ends up in a cycle of dependency, never actually managing to clear up the eczema for good, or get to the root cause of why it keeps coming back.
Skin sensitivities can be caused by stress, product use, what you eat, or exposure to a chemical you have become sensitive to, despite having used it before. It is a complex subject, which I am not going to claim to have in-depth scientific knowledge of – my knowledge comes from having sensitive skin which can flare up without rhyme or reason. What I know for certain is that sensitive skin friendly products are not easily found, that you know to be effective and safe reliable. It is through trial and error that you work out what your skin and scalp can cope with. It shouldn’t be this way.
I attended the Allergy Certified awards earlier this year, where a plethora of products were showcased, and winners chosen. What was exciting for me was finding out the rigorous testing these products go through to get Allergy Certified; the product itself isn’t just tested, but the ingredients within the ingredients, which can contain allergens. More can be found on their website.
For now, here are the brands and winners. Allergy Certification should be the norm and not the exception.
Best skin friendly product for:
- Women – Ecooking Multi Oil Perfumefree
- Men – oMoi Skincare Double Whipped Cream
- Children – Änglamark Panthenol Balm
- Household – Neutral Colour Wash
- Professional – Zenz Organic Products Shampoo 01
- Chosen by Consumers – Mascha Vang Selvtanner Mousse
I discovered o.Moi and have been using their anti-ageing eye oil, baobab (lip) balm, bamboo scrub & mask, plump it up face cream, all-in-one balm, and crème de camélia (note, not all of these are Allergy Certified so look out for the logo). Watch out for a blog post on these, coming soon.