Hypoallergenic is a term used to describe any product which has been specifically designed to reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction. It typically refers to cosmetics, detergents and other skin care products that are free from substances which may cause irritation or provoke an allergic response in those with sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic products are formulated using ingredients such as plant extracts, essential oils and natural fragrances, which have been carefully selected for their benign effects on people with allergies. These products can benefit those who suffer from various forms of eczema, contact dermatitis and other skin conditions. As well as reducing the risk of irritant reactions, hypoallergenic cosmetics often contain beneficial vitamins and minerals which can help to enhance skin health and maintain its natural protective barriers.