allergies and how to calm them

Is your skin sensitivity causing hyperpigmentation and wrinkles?

Is your skin sensitive, or do you have a hidden allergy?
Is your skin reacting to a product you used to love?
Is it flaring with weird skin patches appearing?

For many of us skin reactions are a common occurrence, but the relief is only temporary. What can we do to rebuild our skin? Is true, long-term recovery even possible? Over the long term, this inflammation can damage the skin in more ways than you might think.
  
Are you Allergic or Sensitive?

It's a good idea to first figure out what your skin is telling ( or screaming) so you may address the issue accordingly. Allergies appear in different areas of the body and are not limited to a specific area. Sensitivities occur at the specific site of contact with the irritant. Symptoms may develop with repeated contact or exposure (think repeated hand or friction from mask wearing).

Continue reading to find out how to get your skin back to normal

portia-ella helped with my Allergic reaction
portia-ella products work to calm my skin reaction
quick recovery from my allergic reaction

What causes skin reactions?

Our skin has an invisible shield of fatty acids, ceramides, and lipids that protect us from bacteria and irritants, while also maintaining a healthy moisture balance. When irritated, our bodies’ protective defence mechanism is localized inflammation which neutralizes the irritant. Allergies, harsh or stripping ingredients, over-exfoliation, friction, and skin conditions like dermatitis or eczema can all cause inflammation. This weakens the protective shield leading to redness, itching, roughness, stinging, and even more severe skin conditions.

Could skin sensitivity cause hyperpigmentation and wrinkles?

Long-term skin barrier issues also make it difficult for your skin to retain moisture and hydration. The collagen and elastin that keep our skin firm, plump, and supple break down faster, making us more likely to quickly develop fine lines and wrinkles. On top of this, when skin is inflamed and results in sunburns or breakouts, dark and pigmented skin tends to follow in their place. It can take a while for these marks to heal and return to our natural skin tone.

THE DON'T DO'S

Resist the temptation to exfoliate! Your skin appears waxy, uneven, red, and flaky. These are not cues to exfoliate! In fact, it means your skin barrier is damaged and the deeper layers of your skin are exposed.

Shelf your clarifying, acne clearing products for a while. A damaged skin barrier may also result in increased breakouts and bumps. Naturally, you might think of treating the symptoms with acne products that dry the skin and fight breakouts, but a compromised barrier is the underlying culprit here.

YESSS, PLEASE DO!

Use products rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe out and calm down the inflammation. They work by inhibiting the body’s response to factors that lead to inflammation, blocking the effects of certain enzymes that contribute to swelling and inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients are often paired in products with rich and moisturizing ceramides, oils, and butters as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid, perfect for skin recovery.

A must have: Aurum's Calming Birch Serum

Take your treatment a step further with this award-winning, skin-saving booster. Packed with soothing ingredients, this bio-fermented birch water-based serum rebalances the skin pH, a hallmark of a healthy skin barrier. The skin-rebuilding results it produces are incomparable, making it an absolute must have for anyone with reactive skin.

Listen to our talk with Aurum on products for skin sensitivities. 

This Routine Appease the MOST upset Skin!

Appease the most upset skin, jam packed with healing, soothing, and rebuilding ingredients and enjoy a hydrated, plump healthy glow again!

Step 1: Cleanse

Beauté Divine - Cleansing Oil for Dry, Sensitive, Reactive Skin
Beauté Divine - Cleansing Oil for Dry, Sensitive, Reactive Skin
Beauté Divine - Cleansing Oil for Dry, Sensitive, Reactive Skin

Beauté Divine - Cleansing Oil for Dry, Sensitive, Reactive Skin

Camelia and hemp soothe and soften the skin, gently melting away makeup and dirt.

Step 2: Tone

Face Food Mineral Mist - Graydon Skincare
Face Food Mineral Mist - Graydon Skincare
Face Food Mineral Mist
Face Food Mineral Mist - Graydon Skincare 240 ml

Face Food Mineral Mist

This light and hydrating mist includes copper, magnesium, and zinc that cool and regenerate.

$46.00

Step 3: Boost

Calming Birch Serum - Aurum Skincare
Calming Birch Serum - Aurum Skincare
Calming Birch Serum

Calming Birch Serum

Cooling, balancing birch water is paired with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and completely repair the skin.

$84.00

Step 4: Nourish

Soothe: Facial Moisturizer Serum - Skin Essence
Soothe: Facial Moisturizer Serum - Skin Essence
Soothe: Facial Moisturizer Serum

Soothe: Facial Moisturizer Serum

Packed with omega-6s and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this oil helps to rebuild the skin barrier.

$32.00

Step 5: Moisturize

Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream - Graydon Skincare 50 ml
Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream - Graydon Skincare 50 ml
Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream - Graydon Skincare
Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream - Graydon Skincare 240 ml

Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream

Thick and velvety, this probiotic and antioxidant-filled moisturizer firms and reinforces the complexion.

$49.00

Step 6: Protect

Reflector SPF 30 Facial Sun Protection - Cocoon Apothecary
Reflector SPF 30 Facial Sun Protection - Cocoon Apothecary

Reflector SPF 30 Facial Sun Protection

Top everything off with this creamy broad-spectrum sunscreen that adds an extra layer or protection.

$22.50

Ingredients to avoid:

when having an allergic reaction avoid these ingredients

Ingredients to include:

when having an allergic reaction include these ingredients

See what people are saying about our Allergy Safe Products

Calming Birch Serum
I have severe allergies, and when I have a reaction to food, my face swells and get itchy and sore. THIS product has changed my healing. This product is the only thing I use when this happens and it speeds up the healing. If you suffer from redness, or a burning feeling to the skin. I highly recommend this product. It's truly a necessity.

C. Rae

Soothe: Facial Moisturizing Serum
I was diagnosed with rosacea 3 years ago and have tried so many products on my face since then Ive lost count. I figured Id take a chance on this product and was pleasantly surprised. Its amazing on my skin, its soothing and keeps your skin super smooth and hydrated as well it helps over time with diminishing the redness on my cheeks. It is not oily at all, your skin just absorbs the natrual oils immediately. I use it day and night even my kids have commented on my skin and how nice this product smells, its definitely worth the money!

Kerri

Berry Rich Cream
This facial moisturizer is my favourite that I’ve tried. It is thick and creamy and absorbs nicely into the skin. The lotion is so smooth and feels very luxurious. I love that there are so many amazing and nourishing ingredients from nature in this cream and it is vegan. I use this as part of my daily skincare routine. Would recommend.

Brittany

Soothe: Facial Moisturizing Serum
Recommend this product for anyone with sensitive combination skin and eczema. Can use around eyes without any stinging. The price and value are really good considering that I thought that this product wouldnt last long given its small size but Ive been using it for more than 3 months. Im usually very hesitant to apply new products to my face given my history of reactions but Im glad to have found this one. I find it doesnt leave my face oily and doesnt cause breakouts; pretty rare to find in a facial product.

Nei