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We Just Assume Everyone Has Hypersensitive Allergy Prone Skin.

So we formulate all of our products with organic, non toxic and non synthetic ingredients. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Good. And so if you’re a new customer wondering if our product line is allergy-friendly the answer is: Yes! And so naturally, we’re gluten, wheat, dairy and soy free as well.

So What If You Don’t Have Allergies Or Sensitive Skin?

It’s ok don’t worry.  You will absolutely benefit from the removal of histamine triggering, synthetic and toxic ingredients from your skincare products. If you’ve already made the transition to unconditionally clean products you know and have experienced the many benefits of skincare without toxins, synthetics and allergens. In fact we are beginning to see evidence indicating exposure to synthetic and toxic skincare ingredients can trigger the development of a wide spectrum of allergies.

Allergies & Sensitive Skincare

In recent years, for a myriad of reasons, skin sensitivities have become more and more common. In fact, there’s plenty of solid research that shows most adults have at least one cosmetic allergy. We keep in close contact both with our customers and the scientific community, so we often hear about new comers’ trials and tribulations while they seek out products without histamine triggering ingredients. Whether they’ve always been allergic or have developed a sensitivity as an adult, they experience mild to severe discomfort, rashes, irritation, acne and discoloration and stress, which exacerbates the condition even more. Using natural, organic skincare free of irritants is a great way to fight this problem, but it’s not as always as straightforward as you might think. You first need to understand dermatitis, its connection to allergy sensitivities and how to determine what will work best for your unique skin type.

What is Allergic Dermatitis?

Glad you asked. Dermatitis is a generalized blanket term to describe all skin irritation, including that which stems from an allergic reaction. It can cause severe dryness, flaky skin, bumps, rashes and uneven skin tone. There are two main types of dermatitis, allergic contact and irritant contact. Allergic contact dermatitis is what we’re talking about here today, as it’s caused by exposure to a foreign substance, often those found in personal care products. It causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals that can cause your skin to be red, itchy and irritated. No fun at all.

Allergies Happen Over Time

Unfortunately, just because you weren’t born with skin sensitivities doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods as an adult. Your skin changes all the time and requires different care measures at different stages of your life. There’s no clear answer as to why adult-onset skin allergies occur, but they certainly can. Most studies say that there is at least a partial genetic component, so if you know of a family member who has skin sensitivities or allergies for instance to soy and gluten, you might be a candidate as well.

How to Identify Your Allergies

Have you ever suddenly been betrayed by one of your tried-and-true skincare products? What once was soothing to your sensitive skin might now cause redness and irritation, but the formula hasn’t changed, so what’s the deal? Unfortunately, as you age, you can become more sensitive to just about anything. So, the products that previously served you well will begin to cause a low-grade irritation and eventually, if your allergy is severe enough, will become unusable. If you’re starting to see that a particular product is giving you different and undesirable results, it’s time to cut it from your regimen, but if said irritation persists, talk to your doctor. While it may be a fluke, it’s more likely that your body has developed an allergy to an ingredient and with continued exposure, may continue to irritate your skin. The good news is that allergic dermatitis is fairly easy to identify and treat. Once you’ve determined what is is that you’re allergic to, you can nix that ingredient from all of your products and you should see an almost immediate improvement.

Key Players

If you know that you’ve got an allergy, you need to take special precautions to to avoid those ingredients and strive to give your skin what it needs without stressing it out. The most common culprits of allergy offense are carrier oils, fragrance, synthetic preservatives, unnatural dyes and colors and improperly used essential oils. Many commercial facial products indiscriminately use allergens, so make sure you carefully read your product labels, being extra cautious if you don’t immediately recognize an ingredient. You might not even realize that ingredients from other personal products — hand soaps, lotions, lip balms etcetera, contain allergens and can cause a reaction. It’s common for lip and hand products in particular to find their way into your mouth while you’re snacking or if you happen to lick your lips or touch your face mindlessly. During the course of a day, you touch your face and lips more than you think. Remember, anything that touches your skin, you’ve essentially eaten, you just skipped the chewing part.

How to Treat & Heal

It’s awfully time consuming to read the labels on your personal care products to make sure they meet your allergen criteria, but it’s so important. Eliminating irritating ingredients will make a major difference in the look and feel of your skin — not only will it clear up rashes and acne, but it will make your face so much more comfortable. Remember, while an ingredient label may not explicitly say “gluten” or “soy”, you need to be on the lookout for what, rye, barley and soy isoflavones. To take it a step further, look at the factory where each product is made. Many large companies use labs that produce other products with gluten and soy, and trace particles can end up in your bottles and jars by mistake.

A Few Words If You Are Gluten And Soy Sensitive

When you’re shopping for gluten and soy free skincare, keep a keen eye on the ingredient list. You’ll need to look for more than just the big names, like wheat, barley, rye and oat.Look out for the following sneaky codenames for soy and gluten ingredients:

-Hydrolyzed wheat protein or HWP

-Hydrolyzed wheat gluten

-Triticum lipids

-Wheat bran extract

-Wheat germ extract

-Wheat germ glyceride

-Glycine max

-Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)

-Mono-diglyceride

-Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

-Stearic acid

-Glycerin

What We Suggest

If you have any sensitivities or allergies, good news: you can use absolutely anything from our shelves! We never use anything that contains gluten or soy of any kind, so you don’t have to worry about traces of them showing up in your Luminance Products. Our studio is absolutely pristine and you can trust that no “iffy” ingredients have come across our production tables. Again, our philosophy is to treat all skin as hyper-sensitive skin, because it’s delicate no matter what your skin type or concerns might be, allergies or otherwise. We treat every face with the gentlest, most natural ingredients in the world. We think that all skincare should be for everyone, so we make it completely clean and super simple.

Good Things Coming

By the way, for those with nut allergies, we’re planning on rolling out a nut-free cleanser and moisturizer this fall! If know someone with allergies or sensitive skin, feel free to give a sample kit away to try out a test patch. Stay tuned.

And just in case you are wondering about the almonds in the picture above … almonds are seeds and not nuts.