A Fresh Start With Spring In Japan!

Sakura, or the cherry blossom, is Japan’s national flower. Celebrated by Japanese people of all ages, sakura are found in everything from textile patterns to a curious dessert flavor. Sakura blooms in March or April, and is even part of the daily weather forecast as the reporter announces where the “Cherry Blossom Front” has started. The …

Trash & Re-Stash: Hypoallergenic Alternatives For Your Entire Medicine Cabinet!

Start from scratch — with hypoallergenic alternatives — to end the scratching! You Just Got A Patch Test? Great! Now you know exactly what you need to avoid and are on the road to skin health, clarity, and comfort. But…what’s that? Your patch test shows you’re allergic to ingredients in pretty much everything you use …

Can I Use Jewelry If I Have Sensitive Skin?

The simple answer? Maybe. Gold is an allergen but it’s nickel that’s the real danger for those with contact dermatitis. Nickel isn’t just an allergen or a top allergen…nickel is frequently the number one most common allergen on published allergen lists. It is difficult to find metals without nickel in them — even if you …

Refrigerate Your Skin Care?

Fan Tip: Chill Your Skin Care!  Razor burn? Puffy eyes? Got a reaction that needs calming? Or a pimple that needs flattening? Want to tighten your pores…or just a fabulously cool feel when applying your skincare? “Throw some of your favorite VMV Hypoallergenics products in the fridge, especially in the summer!” – skinthusiast Earl Chad Palacios Estenor‎ Fellow “skintellectual?” …

Sunscreen Isn't Just For Summer (And Your Laptop Could Be Causing Your Dark Spots)

Sunscreen isn’t a summer thing. It’s as daily a must as brushing your teeth: both help you look great and prevent serious damage! You’re not out frolicking in the sun? It’s important to remember that sun damage is cumulative — every bit of exposure adds up. Your skin doesn’t “reset” when you’re back in the …

COFFEE (FRESH): Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

COFFEE (FRESH): Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Not An Allergen. Coffee: Coffee is not on published allergen lists. But avoid instant coffees (“just add water”), as some do contain allergens.  Fresh, and as an ingredient in skin care, coffee is a great source of antioxidants and is not on common allergen lists. If you think you might have contact dermatitis, ask your …

RUBBER FLIP-FLOPS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

RUBBER FLIP-FLOPS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

 Allergen. Rubber flip-flops, slippers, shoes…rubber is one of the top allergens and can also cause problems in rubberized plastic. If you think you might have contact dermatitis, ask your dermatologist for a patch test. References:  Regularly published reports on the most common allergens by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (based on over 28,000 …

BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Blue Jeans: Blue jeans are a surprisingly common cause of contact dermatitis…and worse! The allergens are the indigo dye used to make the jeans blue as well as the “mordants” used to help the colorant bind to the fabric. The jeans’ cotton fabric isn’t necessarily a culprit, although, with all the chemicals, bleaches, and preservatives used to process fabrics, it’s likely …