7 Gentle Cosmetic Buys for Allergy-Prone Skin

Many of us have allergies to skin products, which can make shopping for cosmetics a drag. Latinas in particular are prone to skin allergies, but that doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of the beauty aisle. Here are the best products for those with sensitive skin or skin allergies.

1. Sensitive Skin: Body Lotion

Body Lotion

Applying daily lotion is vital for keeping your skin moist and healthy, especially if you are prone to eczema. Even though you may be drawn to lotion with fragrance, sticking to a fragrance-free lotion is best for skin allergies.

Quick Tip: If you are wearing fragrance free lotion and want to add some scent, spray a little perfume on your clothe – just make sure it doesn’t touch your skin.


Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, $8, drugstore.com

Aveno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $10, drugstore.com 

2. Sensitive Skin: Shampoo


There is nothing worse than an irritated scalp, and for those with allergies, this can be a big problem with the wrong shampoo. While many mainstream shampoo brands are loaded with harsh chemicals, it’s best to go back to basics and try switching to baby shampoo – they have less harmful ingredients and smell great!


Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo, $7.00, buy.com 

3. Sensitive Skin: Foundation


Finding the right foundation is always challenging, especially is you have sensitive skin. Clinque and Neutrogena tend to be the best for skin allergies and both brands offer foundations for acne prone skin as well. 


Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15, $27.00, Sephora.com 

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup,  $13, ulta.com 

4. Sensitive Skin: Facial Moisturizer

Facial Moisturizer

Daily moisturizing is very important, especially for wrinkle prevention. Since there are so many different types of moisturizers on the market, it’s hard picking the right one for sensitive skin. Luckily, more mainstream brands are offering hypoallergenic varieties that are very affordable.


Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer, $10, amazon.com 

Yes To Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer SPF 30, $15, drugstore.com 


5. Sensitive Skin: Eye Makeup

Eye Makeup

Your eyes are more prone to irritation than other areas of the body, so if you suffer form allergies, eye makeup can be a problem. Many popular eye makeup brands are loaded with chemicals, which tend to make allergies flare up (and let’s get real: puffy, watery eyes are not attractive!). Fortunately, a few brands on the market are offering paraben-free and hypoallergenic options that are easier on the gentle eye area.


Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, $10, drugstore.com 

Mineral Fusion Trio Eye Shadow Palette, $22, drugstore.com 


6. Sensitive Skin: Lips


Bumps and blisters after applying lipstick? You may be allergic! Your lips can be just as sensitive or more than your skin, so allergies to lipsticks and lip balm tend to be very common. The good news? You don’t have to skip out on your favorites shades, because a couple brands on the market are offering hypoallergenic varieties that will keep those lips kissable!


NYX Round Lipstick in multiple shades, $4, ulta.com 

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, $7, burtsbees.com 

7. Sensitive Skin: Sunless Tanner

Sunless Tanner

Since excessive tanning increases your risk for skin cancer and premature aging, many opt for sunless tanner to get a “safer” glow. The problem is, many self tanners contain skin irritating chemicals which can be a nightmare for those with eczema-prone skin. While there are some self tanners on the market that are less likely to cause irritation, it’s best to still do a patch test before applying to your entire body to see how your skin reacts.


Bare Escentuals Faux Glow, $22, bareescentuals.com

Aveno Self Tanner, $22, drugstore.com