Products to be weary of when de-winterizing your skin

Winter is in full swing here in Winnipeg. The -30 weather is nobody’s friend, especially for your skin. To prevent your skin and hair from completely shrivelling up, you may reach for more hydrating products.

For anyone who has a nut allergy, reading a label becomes second nature. However, you might not have thought to read the label on beauty products. Some products, particularly anything made for hydration.

Face oils, creams, hair masks, face masks, hair oils, etc.

Products using nut oils in them are typically for the purposes of hydration or scent. Here is a list of ingredients to look out for, and the names as they might appear on ingredient lists:

  • Peanut – Arachis Hypogaea Oil
  • Cashew –  Anacardium Occidentale Seed Oil
  • Pistachio – Pistacia Vera Seed Oil
  • Hazelnut – Corylus Americana Seed Oil
  • Brazil Nut – Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil
  • Almond – Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil

Typically these oils will have their common name written in parenthesis afterwards so you shouldn’t have to worry about memorizing them. Another common nut oil used in hair products is macadamia.


Facial or body exfoliators are great for removing dead skin cells and keeping your skin smooth. The main exfoliant ingredient depends on each brand. Walnuts are a common scrub agent in many products. Popular skin care brands like Ole Henriksen,

If the product doesn’t use a nut as the exfoliant, it could also use a nut oil as the hydrator in the product. FRANK BODY coffee scrubs might have you thinking it’s a safe alternative, but it’s scrubs contain cold pressed sweet almond oil. Other brands such as AHAVA use macadamia oil in its body exfoliators and FRESH uses macadamia oil in its Sugar Face Polish.

It’s important to keep in mind that these nut oils might not cause a reaction. Everyone’s allergy and the severity of the allergy is different.  Personally, I have not gone to the doctor to test my skin for a reaction. However, my allergy comes from being allergic to the oils in the nuts so I have always made the decision to stay away from all products with them in it.




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