Spring is here, and with that means allergy season is in full bloom. Here, we ask local beauty pros to recommend must-have products for the season that won’t irritate your skin or morning routine.
Be Wary of Labels
“Many of the ‘hypoallergenic’ products on the market actually have chemicals that the EU bans or restricts in cosmetics,” says registered dietician Ashley Koff. “It’s not enough to eat organic food. You want to make sure that what you apply each day is not interfering with the health benefits of your diet—even in the name of beauty.”
“With the Zika virus scare on the rise, I'm choosing to protect myself from mosquitos with non-toxic, but seriously effective Combat-Ready Bug Repellant,” says Skincando’s Sara Damelio. “It can be used on adults, kids, and pets. If I do get a bite, burn, or other skin irritation, the organic Combat-Ready Balm is my go-to solution.”
Combat-Ready Bug Repellant and Lip Balm, Skincando ($17 and $10). skincando.com
Get Polished Digits Without the Chemicals
Mani pedis are de rigueur this time of the year, but many traditional polishes are chock-full of harsh chemicals. Kitiya Mischo King’s DC-born line of nail lacquers includes “Voila,” a perfect blush pink shade. “Voila is long-lasting and delivers high shine,” says King. “I love that the formulation is 8 FREE, which means that it does not contain toxins. It's also vegan and cruelty-free.”
Finding the perfect foundation can take years—especially if you have extra-sensitive skin. Board-certified plastic surgeon at the Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Christopher D. Knotts recommends Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. “[It] is a flawless full-coverage finish that still allows skin to breathe,” says Knotts. “The aloe gel base, with no heavy oils or alcohols, has made it a favorite of our patients with sensitive skin and of our aestheticians to use on patients after a procedure. This enriched foundation can be used for all skin conditions—including rosacea and acne—and will minimize scarring, cover bruises, and leave skin fresh and radiant.”
“I would recommend one with a with a physical sunblock like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, rather than a chemical sunblock which can cause irritation,” says Judith Koritsas, owner and founder of Celadon Spa and Salon. For those days when allergies get the best of you, Koritsas recommends an herbal eye makeup remover. “It’s great to use as an eye compress for puffy eyes,” she says.
Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50, Skinceuticals ($34). Celadon Spa and Salon, 1180 F St. NW, 202-347-3333
Herbal Eye Makeup Remover, Éminence ($28). Celadon Spa and Salon, 1180 F St. NW, 202-347-3333