Genus Skincare range is designed to be Hypoallergenic and Safe
Every formula in the Genus skin care range has been meticulously formulated to avoid common allergens. Each formula also contains ingredients that have a soothing action to reduce the skin’s potential for irritation.
We will provide a 100% Money back Guarantee within 30 days of purchase if any product/s are unsuitable for your skin.
Our product range has been Australia Allergy Certified by Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) which excludes 100% of chemicals and ingredients known to be key allergens and / or SCA verifies restricted use. Click on link below to see list of what is not included in the Genus products.
Genus products do not contain any fragrances or essential oils. While there is an added enjoyment factor to using a product that smells nice, it is completely unnecessary from the perspective of improving the health of the skin. Fragrances are the #1 cause of skin reactions, and essential oils can contain irritating compounds, many of which can also cause photosensitivity.
If you have a highly sensitive skin or eczema prone skin it is advisable to perform a patch test prior to applying product to the entire face. Never apply products to broken skin. It is also advised that products are introduced one at a time after each product is cleared during a patch test.
Performing a patch test
Clean skin as you would normally do
Apply a small amount of cosmetic on the clean area and let it dry.
Leave the test area unwashed for at least 24 hours (wash off with usual cleanser) Apply again so it has been tested for two consecutive days if you have skin that is highly allergy prone.
Discontinue use if the test area is red, scaly, itchy, hot or blistered
In the event that a reaction occurs discontinue immediately and wash off with cool water; keep details of ingredient list for future reference.
How can I reduce the risk of reactions to cosmetics?
Always have clean hands when using your skincare products, particularly when dispensing from jars.
Do not use products on broken or infected skin.
Keep your skincare products away from heat and sunlight.
Don’t share your cosmetics, because everyone has different skin microorganisms and cross-contamination can occur.
Do not add any other ingredients to skincare products like oils or dilute them by adding water.
Always keep your make-up brushes clean. Ideally cleaning with soap and water once per week.
Use a clean facial washcloth every day.
Change pillow cases weekly
What is the difference between sensitive / reactive skin verses true allergy?
Let’s start with those of you that have a sensitive or overly reactive skin. This can be caused by hypersensitivity of nerves and neurotransmitters within the skin and can seemingly have no outwardly logical reason. This type of skin can be characterised by excessive stinging and heat, and sometimes be itchy as well. This hypersensitivity reaction can be aggravated during times of stress, both physical or emotional as this can prime the stress response within the skin. This type of skin can also be predisposed to visible capillaries, flushing, and Rosacea.
Next, there is the barrier compromised skin. This can occur on a microscopic level at first and not be that visible to the naked eye. Initially barrier disruption can occur with incorrect cleansers that strip the skin of vital lipids or products such as alpha-hydroxy acids skin that are too harsh or acidic. Barrier impairment can initially cause redness, stinging when products are applied, as well as excessive oiliness (due to skin overcompensating) or dryness and dehydration as skin becomes imbalanced. Fortunately, barrier disruption can be resolved with the correct skincare approach.
Long term barrier disruption can set the skin up to be prone to dermatitis and allergies as the skin’s immune system becomes primed and microbial imbalances take effect.
True allergies can occur to anything, although there are common substances that have been shown to be problematic. The first time the skin is exposed to an allergen it can be fairly uneventful, but reactions will show up within 24-72 hours, and be relatively mild. The skin will then make antigens (immune cell markers) after the initial exposure that will recognize the substance when exposed next, where the reaction can then become quite severe. If it is an allergen that is being constantly exposed to the skin as an ingredient in a product the reaction will continue to get worse with prolonged use and will become very itchy, dry, and vesicles (small blisters or pustules) may appear.
Allergens that are applied topically can become systemic allergens, and if a similar substance is consumed it can cause a whole body reaction or anaphylaxis, so it is important to take note and try to find out what has caused a true allergic reaction so you can avoid future exposure.
**While all the ingredients in the Genus skin care range are considered to be hypoallergenic, there can never be a 100% guarantee that they will not cause irritation or allergic reactions, as there is always individual susceptibility that has to be considered. If you have a high susceptibility to allergies or skin irritation it is advised to perform a patch test first.