Natural Skin Care and Hypoallergenic

Natural Skin Care - Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic, meaning “below normal” or “slightly” allergenic, was a term first used in a cosmetics campaign in 1953. It is used to describe items (especially cosmetics and textiles) that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions. Hypoallergenic pets still produce allergens, but because of their coat type, absence of fur, or absence of a gene that produces a certain protein, they typically produce fewer allergens than others of the same species. People with severe allergies and asthma may still be affected by a hypoallergenic pet.

The term lacks a medical definition, but it is in common usage and found in most standard English dictionaries. In some countries, there are allergy interest groups that provide manufacturers with a certification procedure including tests that ensure a product is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, but such products are usually described and labeled using other but similar terms. So far, public authorities in no country provide an official certification that an item must undergo before being described as hypoallergenic.

The cosmetic industry has been trying for years to block an industry standard for use of the term; in 1975; the USFDA tried to regulate the term ‘hypoallergenic”, but the proposal was challenged by cosmetic companies Clinique and Almay in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which ruled that the regulation was invalid. Thus, cosmetic companies are not required to meet any regulations or do any testing to validate their claims.

Skin Care and Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic today

Cosmetic companies still use the term “hypoallergenic” to imply their products produce fewer allergens than that of their competitors, therefore are safe for use by those with sensitive skin.

Even today according to the FDA, there is no such thing as “hypoallergenic”. There is no product that is guaranteed “never” to produce an allergic reaction. For example, if a product using the claim “hypoallergenic” contains the ingredient peanut oil, anyone allergic to peanuts should avoid this product as it is very likely to produce an allergic reaction in that person – therefore, nullifying the term “hypoallergenic”. With that, consumers should take the necessary steps to protect themselves against allergens in products by reading the ingredient label.

My skin is acne prone what can I do?

A good skincare regimen combined with a healthy diet is your best defense against acne. Here are a few tips to assist you in preventing and managing acne breakouts:

1. drink plenty of water daily

2. wash your face twice daily

3. always remove makeup daily

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4. exfoliate your skin to gently remove layers of dead skin cells using a gentle exfoliator such as Lucky Duck’s Sea Kelp Face Scrub (for dry skin) or lemon peel face scrub (for normal to oily skin)

5. do not squeeze pimples as this can lead to infections and/or scarring

6. do not attempt to over-dry your skin with the use of extremely drying cleansing products; this may cause your skin to produce additional oils in an attempt to rebalance itself. Honey Face Cleanser is formulated to cleanse skin without leaving it feeling dry and dull.

7. use a face tonic or toner such as Rose Face Tonic after cleansing to help remove any traces of dirt left behind and help the skin return to its normal pH level

8. always rehydrate your skin with a non-oily moisturizer

9. finally, if your condition persists consult a dermatologist

Natural Skin Care and Hypoallergenic

I use plain soap and water on my face and that seems to work fine for me. Why should I spend money on face care products?

Detergents in commercially available soaps can be harsh and drying. Soap can rob your skin of its natural moisture and strip your skin of essential nutrients; leaving it exposed to bacteria and environmental elements which can irritate skin, aggravate acne and accelerate the aging process.

Good skin care products containing botanical extracts, essential oils and nourishing natural butters are generally a bit more expensive than their synthetic counterparts; and certainly are worth their weight in gold. However, these products don’t have to deplete your bank account. Fortunately, Lucky Duck Body Care has developed a skin care line with the budget conscious consumer in mind. The line was formulated utilizing the most effective naturally derived ingredients, thus allowing consumers to purchase products that actually deliver results.

I suffer from eczema, what is this caused by and what should I avoid to prevent flare-ups?
It is estimated that 15 million people in the United States suffer with some form of eczema. Eczema is not contagious. No one knows exactly what causes eczema, but often it affects people with a family history of allergies; and currently there is no known cure for this condition.

While eczema is not an allergic reaction to something, in people who suffer from eczema, it can be triggered by diet and environmental factors. Stress, heat, rapid changes in temperature, pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, detergents, fragrance, scratchy materials and certain foods can trigger or aggravate eczema.

Skin care and eczema

Treating and managing eczema may vary from person to person, but can usually be accomplished with a few simple suggestions:

1. reduce stress

2. be ware of foods that may cause an outbreak

3. avoid scratchy materials

4. avoid sudden changes in temperature

5. avoid scratching

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6. avoid sweating and/or overheating

7. avoid harsh detergents and fragrances

8. take lukewarm showers or baths (not hot)

9. apply shower Oil within three minutes of bath or shower to lock-in moisture

10. keep skin moisturized throughout the day with body lotion. In the case of a stubborn cycle of eczema , where you don’t find relief from the above suggestions…seek the help of a dermatologist, a topical steroid may be necessary.

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I’m content with my current skin and body care products, but I’m hearing a lot of hype around natural products. Are natural products really better?

The use of botanical extracts and essential oils for cosmetic purposes is not a new practice. Before cosmetic companies, our ancestors used things found in nature to maintain, enhance and restore healthy skin. They used black willow bark (for its balancing and toning properties), glycerin (for its moisturizing qualities) and lavender (for its healing, restorative and antibacterial properties). Today, more people are becoming acquainted with the powerful and beneficial effects of nature’s elements through responsible cosmetic companies.

Nature has done a wonderful job of providing us with all the necessities for good well being. Natural ayurvedic cream contain ingredients that have vitamins, minerals and proteins essential to obtain and maintain healthy skin.

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