Earlier in the week I promised a story with a happy ending. This is about sensitive skin, lipstick and never giving up hope!
The bold display of lipstick colours on our stand at last weekend’s Allergy & Free From Show attracted lots of people to come and have a play and find their favourite colour. One lady was hovering with a bit of reticence; “I haven’t been able to wear lipstick in years” she said. We got talking. It turned out she had an allergy to salicylates, benzoates, many fragrance allergens, benzyl alcohol and more. Lipsticks in particular, because of the fragility of the lip’s skin and proximity to the mouth, typically made her lips blister and turn bright red. It seemed her body had become sensitised over a period of many years of exposure to allergens rather than as a result of one particular reaction. Eating had also become a minefield as she was allergic to so many different ingredients.
I reassured her that our skin care and makeup was free from her specific personal care allergens, but it was the lipstick she was particularly interested in. I think the well-known “lipstick effect” (where even in times of financial hardship women are said to buy lipstick as a moral boost) has a parallel in times of illness or in this case with severe allergies. A bit of colour is good for the soul.
So we decided to run an experiment. We applied some of our Fig Fondant lipstick and she went off to have a walk around the show for half an hour to see how it felt. Her lips were sore and cracked and I knew the plant butters and waxes in the lipstick could benefit her greatly, but the open cracks would also make a reaction more likely if it was going to occur. She promised to come back – reaction or no reaction – to let me know how she’d got on. After learning of all this lady’s issues I was incredibly keen for her return. Absolutely not because I wanted to sell her a lipstick. In whatever small way this would contribute to her happiness or quality of life, it gives such a glowing feeling to be able to help.
She did return, and with a glowing smile. Success. She was elated.
Funnily enough, the same thing happened the following day with a different lady. From the point of view of job satisfaction, that made going to the Allergy Show worth it alone.
Essential Care’s makeup, like all our products, is formulated to suit the most sensitive skin. Have a look on our makeup page if you’d like more info.