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How I Navigate the World of Beauty With A Nut Allergy

Imagine this: You go to the store to pick up some new beauty items, and you find a display for a new product. It claims to moisturize dry skin, brighten the complexion and help with acne! It is basically a miracle for your skin, and it has everything that you are looking for and could possibly dream about. But then suddenly, tragedy strikes. You read the ingredients only to find it has a nut product in it! Soul crushing. Heart wrenching. Makeup products Photo by Raphael Lovaski on Unsplash When I was probably about 3 years old, I found out that I had peanut and tree nut allergies. These allergies would not cause just a simple rash or an itchy and swollen tongue either. For me, they were detrimental, carry-an-EpiPen-at-all-times allergies. My whole life I have avoided peanuts and tree nuts like the plague. I keep them away from my general vicinity because even smelling them causes a reaction. This means that not only do I not consume them, but I also stay away from any sort of makeup, skincare and haircare products with nuts too. 

I love trying out new beauty products, but that always means that my eyes are glued to ingredient lists, just like they would be if I was picking up a new snack at the grocery store. Most commonly, I find that a lot of brands like to include coconut, macadamia nuts and almonds into their products. Each of them has moisturizing properties that nourish the skin, so I see why they are often used. However, I have found that other ingredients are also useful for moisturization, and they make my skin and hair feel soft and smooth.

No matter the skin or hair type, everyone needs to hydrate and nourish themselves with products that moisturize. These are some nut-less ingredients and products that help me with my beauty routine: 

  1. 1. Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate – Trader Joe’s Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum

    According to Everyday Health, hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws water into the skin and helps it stay moisturized. The skin naturally makes it, so adding more creates a plump, hydrated skin barrier. The Trader Joe’s product is not only effective, but it is affordable as well!

  2. Oils, especially rose hip seed oil and olive oil are especially nourishing for the skin and hair. Rose hip seed oil has quite literally saved my skin, and I cannot thank it enough. The Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream has been great for combatting dryness around my eyes, and it contains the all-nourishing olive oil! Olive oil is fantastic for the hair as well. Many people use cococut oil (a no-no for me), but olive oil is just as hydrating and softening.

  3. According to Allure, vitamin E is an antioxidant can help restore and repair the skin barrier, especially if you have a sunburn, scar or burn. It helps with skin conditions as well. I have eczema, and I really like that the florence by mills face scrub utilizes this ingredient to treat my skin.

  4. 4. Aloe Vera – Avatāra Chill Out Face Mask

    According to Healthline, aloe vera easily absorbs into the skin, which is great for those with oily skin. However, it can also be a savior for dry skin as well because it is so moisturizing and soothing, especially on rashes. Whenever my eczema freaks out, the Avatāra Chill Out Face Mask is my go-to.

  5. According to Well and Good, ceramides are naturally occurring in the skin, and they help with locking in hydration. Moisturizers with ceramides are great to use after applying hyaluronic acid because it creates a barrier that locks it in. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion is full of ceramides and has been my go-to for years. I use it head to toe!

Whenever I see these ingredients, my heart soars! Keeping away from nuts is part of my lifestyle, but it does not mean that my beauty routine is inhibited. I am still able to find products that work incredibly well on my dry and sensitive skin, thanks to knowing about these alternative ingredients.