Millions of people throughout the world are impacted by allergies and the symptoms they produce. Simple instances of allergic reactions include the possibility that an allergen in the air is to blame if you sneeze or sniffle in the spring or summer.

Many people never bother to get a formal medical diagnosis for their allergies because it is possible that they are not severe enough to warrant medical attention and may not necessitate it. Given how many allergic reactions might be fatal, it is surprising that most people don't worry about what they might be allergic too. Most of us who sneeze and snuff all our lives find that our symptoms don't bother us all that much.

However, for many millions of people worldwide, these similar symptoms, chemical reactions, and allergies can significantly limit their ability to enjoy life and, in some cases, prove fatal, leaving them to deal with a number of difficulties throughout their lives. These people frequently seek treatment, perhaps in the form of an over-the-counter drug that could help them lead a normal life.

A tiny minority of people also have severe allergies, which are very dangerous and call for continual monitoring in addition to competent medical care to prevent possibly fatal allergic reactions to allergens. Even while allergies seem to affect a lot of individuals and are pretty common, identifying them has proven to be very challenging. Since allergies are commonly mistaken for other chronic, debilitating conditions such as stomach and intestinal disorders, a comprehensive diagnosis must first focus on correctly identifying the cause.

The majority of symptoms resemble those of a head cold or allergic reactions like hay fever and appear to be respiratory or nasal in origin. Watery eyes, a runny nose, and excessive sneezing may be among the symptoms, as well as sinus problems and headaches that feel like pressure in the forehead.

Possible symptoms include chest tightness, difficulty breathing adequately, and wheezing, especially after exhaling. Despite the fact that they could potentially be brought on by a number of other conditions, these are the typical symptoms of asthma. However, there isn't always a connection between allergies and asthma.

Additional allergy symptoms include hives or rashes that are extremely irritating, coupled with various skin irritations. One of the first things the individual would assume is a food allergy or a skin reaction to a chemical, perhaps something as commonplace as suntan lotion. Other internal symptoms could be sudden nausea, persistent indigestion, or diarrhoea. The patient's initial suspicion is typical that they have some sort of food allergy.

Possible symptoms include physical fatigue, irritability, and headaches. The affected person could start to wonder if the symptoms are caused by something in the food or the air.

Many patients who suffer allergy symptoms might not always make the link because the bulk of the symptoms that are associated with allergies are those that are at the top of the list in the list above. It seems logical that most people would not seek therapy from an allergy specialist for symptoms like tiredness, frequent headaches, or a jittery feeling in the body because there are numerous reasons and disorders that might result in these.

However, it is now commonly acknowledged in medicine that some of these symptoms may actually be caused by an allergic reaction or an allergy-like illness, which results in the body's internal and exterior resistance to specific chemicals.

Fortunately, the majority of allergy sufferers seem to exhibit similar symptoms and a similar course for their allergies. By asking the correct questions at the right time, a doctor can therefore swiftly and precisely determine the reasons of the majority of allergies. The allergen that is the cause of the allergy can also be swiftly determined using this method.

Time and effort are not wasted in the diagnosis and therapy provided by the doctor overseeing the case because of the significant number of patients complaining about allergies and what can be gathered from their case histories.

Since allergies have a genetic and inherited component, your likelihood of having those allergies is increased if both of your parents experienced allergies of any sort or had negative reactions to certain allergens.

For instance, symptoms and certain external signs, such as enlarged, darkened, nearly black eyes, are typically present with respiratory allergic reactions. An allergic person might identify patterns in these events when they experience the same symptoms again during their allergic reaction.

This is frequently the initial indication that someone is sensitive to a certain stimulant or substance. In particular, when the allergy may have a seasonal component, may hit while in a specific setting, or may happen when they eat a particular item.

Antihistamines and other comparable substances prevent allergic reactions and aid in decreasing the reactions and symptoms that are associated with allergies, making it more likely than not that an allergen is responsible for the development of a certain symptom when it is discovered. Doctors often prescribe antihistamines as a result, which suggests that the patient may have experienced an allergic reaction to a foreign chemical.

Our knowledge of allergens and allergies has mainly improved as a result of the facts learned from the trials and errors experienced by people who have developed allergies.

The part of the body that triggers an allergic reaction in a person is the immune system, a very complicated mechanism that is the first to recognise the presence of allergens inside the body. The immune system's role is to identify and combat both the allergen and the outside element contributing to the reaction.

Therefore, the body reacts swiftly and aggressively, sometimes to things that seem to be extremely harmless, even though the body's defences may be considered to have made a mistake in their recognition and management of the allergen.

A family cat is a nice illustration. While the bulk of the family may not react to cats, one daughter may begin to sneeze and wheeze if the cat is present after a few weeks or months. In this case, the woman's immune system mistakenly classified a molecule that appears to be safe to everyone else as an irritant since she had an allergic reaction to the cat dander.

She consequently reacts negatively to cat dander. The harmless cat hair makes her body react as if it were pneumonia bacteria or perhaps some other extremely damaging toxin, which is how allergies develop. Her immune system is out of control.

As a result, the immune system made a mistake, which led to allergic reactions. These immune system responses seem to be the result of the body's defence mechanism against parasites. The immune system uses comparable strategies to fight against parasites and allergies. In essence, a large number of antibodies termed immunoglobulins E are produced by the body (IgE). Further immune responses result in the production of several chemical groupings.

At Elma Skin Care, we believe in the power of nature to heal and beautify the skin. Our values are rooted in the use of natural ingredients, cruelty-free practices, and a commitment to high quality. We are dedicated to incorporating the latest innovative techniques, while also drawing upon the traditional wisdom of herbs and plants to create simple and effective skincare products. We strive to provide our customers with a holistic and nurturing experience, enhancing both the health and appearance of their skin.

ESC Ethics

Are ESC products vegan?

At Elma Skin Care, we believe in using natural ingredients to enhance the beauty and health of the skin. Although our products contain lanolin, a substance derived from sheep wool, we ensure that it is obtained from sheep without causing any harm. We are committed to cruelty-free practices and only source lanolin from lanolin glands that have been removed from the animals in a humane manner. We strive to provide our customers with high-quality and innovative skincare products, incorporating the best of both traditional and contemporary techniques. Our values center around the use of herbs and plants, combined with a commitment to simplicity, to create a holistic and nurturing skincare experience.

Are ESC products cruelty-free?

At Elma Skin Care, we are confident in the quality and ethical standards of our products. We are proud to be a cruelty-free brand and firmly believe in never conducting animal testing. Our use of lanolin, derived from the wool of healthy and well-cared for sheep, reflects our commitment to animal welfare. We are dedicated to creating high-quality skincare products that not only benefit our customers, but also promote ethical and responsible practices. Our values center around the use of natural ingredients and a commitment to innovation, combined with a focus on simplicity and effectiveness.

Are ESC packagings recyclable?

At Elma Skin Care, we are committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. We use recycled paper and glass in our products and prioritize the use of environmentally-friendly materials.

As an eco-tip, we encourage our customers to recycle and reuse our jars and bottles instead of discarding them.

For those looking for an eco-friendly solution to travel, we suggest reusing your empty Elma cosmetic containers by filling them with your favorite beauty products for a hassle-free and environmentally conscious trip.

Products FAQ's

Where are ESC products made?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to crafting products with passion and quality in mind. Our products are made in a small laboratory and factory located in Canada, where we prioritize the personal touch of a "homemade" experience. We believe that even the simplest things, like a cup of tea, have a special taste when made at home, and this philosophy extends to our skincare products. By combining a focus on quality over quantity, we aim to provide our customers with the best possible experience.

Are ESC products made with natural ingredients?

At Elma Skin Care, we are committed to providing our customers with natural and safe skincare products. Our line of skincare products is made with the best ingredients, free of artificial preservatives, steroids, antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals. We believe in using only natural ingredients to ensure that our customers have peace of mind when it comes to the products they use on their skin. Join us in our mission to revolutionize skincare and make a commitment to natural and safe products with Elma Skin Care.

What do locally sourced ingredients mean?

Ingredients sourced locally are obtained from nearby farmers or producers of fresh produce. These ingredients come from farms or growers that are located in close proximity to your location. By sourcing ingredients locally, we ensure that they are fresh, of high quality, and produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

Are ESC products fragrance free?

At Elma Skin Care, we avoid the use of artificial fragrances and instead, allow the natural scent of the herbs and ingredients used in our products to shine through. This means that when you use our products, you'll experience the true, natural fragrance of the ingredients we've carefully selected to enhance your skin's health and beauty.

Are ESC products organic?

At Elma Skin Care, we prioritize the use of natural and locally sourced ingredients in our products. Our ingredients are sourced from sources that are healthy, ethical, and minimize human interference. While not certified organic, our commitment to using only natural ingredients ensures the safety and quality of our products for our customers.

Do ESC products contain preservatives?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to using only the safest and purest natural ingredients in our products. Our commitment to natural ingredients means that our products are free from synthetic preservatives, steroids, and parabens, ensuring that what you put on your skin is not only effective, but also safe for your health. We believe in the power of nature and are proud to offer products that are free from harmful chemicals.

Can ESC products be used during pregnancy?

At Elma Skin Care, we understand that the safety of expectant and nursing mothers is of the utmost importance. That's why we always recommend consulting with a midwife or physician before using any cosmetic products. As a natural skin care line, we take pride in using only the highest quality ingredients and avoiding any harmful chemicals or artificial preservatives. Our products are made with care and love, and we are confident that they are safe for use during pregnancy.

Why does my product look different?

At Elma Skin Care, we are dedicated to using only the highest quality, 100% natural ingredients in our products. We source these ingredients directly from nature, ensuring their purity and potency. As a result, each of our products may vary slightly due to the unique properties of the natural ingredients used. However, this variation only adds to the authenticity and effectiveness of our products, as each ingredient works in harmony with the others to provide the best possible results for your skin.

Is it recommended to perform a patch test before using a product?

It is recommended to perform a patch test before using any new cosmetic product, including Elma Skin Care products, to ensure that you do not have any adverse reactions to the ingredients. This involves applying a small amount of the product to a discreet area of skin, such as the inside of your wrist or behind your ear, and monitoring for any redness, itching, or other signs of irritation for 24-48 hours. If there is any reaction, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist if necessary.

How should I store my ESC products?

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your product, store it in a cool and dry location and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.

What should I do if I experience a reaction to an ESC cosmetic product?

At Elma, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our customers. Our skin care line is crafted with only natural ingredients and free from harmful chemicals like synthetic preservatives, steroids, or parabens. Our goal is to offer not only effective but also safe solutions for all your skin care needs. In case of any adverse reaction such as a rash or irritation, kindly discontinue using the product promptly.

What is lanolin?

The use of lanolin in beauty care dates back many years, and is especially favored for its skin benefits. Derived from the sebaceous glands of sheep, lanolin is a natural wax that protects the animals from the elements. The extraction of lanolin from raw wool is done through a soap solution or hot water kneading process, followed by isolation through centrifuging, bleaching, deodorizing, and drying.

Lanolin is highly valued for its moisturizing properties and ability to hydrate not only the skin, but also nails and hair. It helps to retain moisture and serves as a lubricant, making the skin smoother and softer.

At Elma Skin Care, we use lanolin as the foundation of all of our products. We ensure that the lanolin used is ethically sourced from sheep wool that has been shorn without causing harm to the animal.