My Daily Cleanse Routine

Double Cleanse. Simple Moisturizer.

For my daily cleanse routine, it’s a double cleanse and simple moisturizer. This is all it takes for a reaction free, healthy glow. In addition to having a great cleanser routine, I have tried many “safe for me” anti-aging serums in the last few years and with many sensitivities, I can’t find any that leave me reaction free. If I find one, I’ll update you! For now, here’s my best daily face cleansing routine. Try it – you might love it!

I’m in my 40’s and have used high-end, anti-aging skincare for YEARS, you might be shocked to know that this group of products from CeraVe are all I am currently using and make my skin ☀️GLOW☀️ like never before! I encourage you to look these items up in the SkinSafe database. The majority of them are 100% allergen-free, and all are marked Safe for Me! If you don’t have an allergy code from SkinSafe yet and have been patch tested, email your allergens to for a custom code. The PAC helps filter your allergens out and lets you know which products are safe for you vs. not safe for you. On their website, it will highlight in RED ingredients that are unsafe to help you learn to read ingredient lists – super helpful skill.

The First Cleanse

1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 🧼 I use this as a lotion – I rub a quarter size amount around my dry face and eyelids and then use a warm moist cloth (my fav is the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt) to gently remove it. This cleanser feels like a creamy lotion and magically removes all mascara and eyeliner gently! 👏🏻

If you’re not used to removing your makeup like this, it can take some getting used to, but promise PROMISE you will love it and be amazed at how easy it is to remove your makeup now.

Some may enjoy using the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, but due to my sensitivity to Niacinamide, I cannot use it. My husband and teens use it though and really like it. It might be a great option to keep in your gym bag if you shower after exercising as it’s more of a one-stop-shop instead of a double cleanse routine!

Honorable Mentions

There are two other really awesome lotion-balm-type cleansers I have used and really love. The first is Clinique’s Take The Day Off makeup remover balm. I love love LOVE this. It literally melts the makeup right off, including waterproof mascara. It reminds me of cold cream, but oh so much better. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

The second is Avene Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion. I love this as well. It is definitely a lotion, but on a dry face it also cleanses quite well and for skin that is irritated, it would be extremely gentle. I used this for almost six months and really enjoyed it.

The Double Cleanse

2. Vanicream Body Wash 🧼 I use a nickel-sized amount of this on my Jane Iredale Magic Mitt to wash away any remaining residue from my makeup and the hydrating cleanser (or Take the Day off balm / Avene Cleansing Lotion). I can’t believe how effective this is and my face does not feel dry, just clean.

Moisturizer Options

3. CeraVe Daily Moisturizer 🧴 In the summer months, I follow my daily cleanser routine with this moisturizer after washing my face. This is the perfect daily moisturizer and can be used for the entire body!

4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 🧴 Think of this as the most luxurious night cream you’ve ever bought. With hyaluronic acid and ceramides, it just about is!! I use it at night after my daily cleanse routine and daily morning moisture in the dry winter months. You can also use this as an eye cream with its excellent hydration qualities. I have other great moisturizers I suggest on my safe list and my favorite product list!

That’s it! This is my favorite skincare routine I’ve had. Let me know if you try it and how effective it is for you!


The Allergy Life Safe List | Allergy Free Body Care

Allergy Free Body Care

With Sensitive Skin, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, and Allergic Contact Dermatitis, finding allergy-free body care products safe to use can be a real challenge – if not a near impossibility!! I wanted to put together a go-to list of SAFE products for this community. This list you can quickly access when you’ve just been diagnosed or to keep your environment clear of sensitizing ingredients like fragrance.

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P.E.A.S. Please and SkinSafe

Give me the P.E.A.S. please!

One of the goals in creating The Allergy Life blog was to spread awareness about a life-changing condition, Allergic Contact Dermatitis. A condition I have. A condition I will always have. A condition I’m hoping to avoid for my children. There is a lot of research I want to share with you in the days, weeks and months ahead. I’m just getting started. But in addition to research, I want to share day-to-day living guidance and advice. Guidance and advice I wish I had access to back in the early 2000’s. Back when my condition was just beginning to change my life. By understanding the research that is out there, I hope you will better understand my mission.

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Low Allergen Products

Guide to Low Allergen Home, Personal Care, and Beauty Products

Low Allergen Products are your best defense in preventing sensitization of the skin. Clearing out your home and personal care products can be a challenge. I’ve pulled together a list of what I’m currently using and found it safe. (note, I am not allergic to Methylisothiazolinone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, or Nickel which are common allergens).

I keep all fragrances, botanical oils, formaldehyde (and its releases), and Gold out of my products. I do link as many of these products as I can to Amazon for your convenience. Some low allergen products you can find in Target and Walgreens – places I frequent. These are the products I personally use daily.

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Laundry! Lots and Lots of Laundry!

I get questions all the time about my laundry. What’s best? What cleans best? You really don’t use fabric softener??? I get it. Most have been doing their laundry with the same detergents their parents used! Changing this seems daunting and confusing. When I was first diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis in 2006, I swore off laundry and had my husband do it for about 6 months. We only had two children at the time so it was a lot easier to keep up with then for him. Folding laundry had always caused my hands to itch, but I really didn’t understand why. We switched to a sensitive-skin fabric softener and an allergy-friendly (or so we thought) liquid detergent. Fast forward to my big reaction of 2018 and subsequently I learned a lot more about my allergies and how to live a reaction-free life. These discoveries have been life-changing for me and for my family. It’s what inspired me to write this blog to help others on their path to living reaction-free.

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Allergen-Free Body Wash… that actually suds!

Initial diagnosis

Finding an few allergen-free body wash has been a real journey. My initial allergic contact dermatitis diagnosis was in January of 2006. It was a stunning discovery, actually. I’m allergic to products; what? Since I was a little girl, I have always loved products using perfumed powder at my grandmother’s house. There was something special about it. The way it felt, the way it smelled. My mom was selling skin care products in an MLM and I was hooked on taking care of my skin (this was the 80s, guys! MLM had been around forever!!). I can’t be sure how I was originally sensitized to fragrance and formaldehyde, but maybe those products had something to do with it? We’ll never know. Please, please, if you learn anything from this blog and my ailments! Use fragrance-free products on yourself and your kids!

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