If your like me and suffer from seasonal allergies then this time of year can be pretty rough as spring allergies are the most common. But let’s face it, weather your a spring or year-round allergy sufferer, allergies in general can be a nightmare!
As a life long allergy sufferer I know all the challenges they present. As if excessive sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose and sinus headaches weren’t bad enough, we have to factor in dry skin, redness, and dark circles, conditions that can complicate and or alter our skin and makeup routines.
So does this mean we have to avoid wearing makeup and swap out all of our current skincare products? After reading this guide you will have all the answers you need.
Beware Of These Common Allergy Triggers
- Dust Mites
- Pet (Dander)
- High Potency Fragrances
- House Plants
- Ceiling Fans
- Rising Humidity
- Beauty Products
Keywords To Look For In Allergy Products
◊ Dermatologist – Approved
◊ Ophthalmologist – Approved
◊ No Animal Testing
Important Qualities Allergy-safe Products Should Declare
Allery-safe products should include these important qualities as they can prevent allergic reaction and prevent allergy triggers.
◊ Safe for sensitive skin –
◊ Fragrance – Free
Products That Help Disguise + Treat Symptoms
◊ Organic, Green, All-Natural Brands
Organic, natural brands can reduce the risk of allergic reactions since they are free of harsh, toxic chemicals. They may also reduce your skin’s sensitivity to makeup and other beauty products.
Under eye concealers can reduce and disguise the appearance of dark circles and under eye bags.
◊ Full Cover Concealers
Full coverage concealers can mask redness and blotchy skin for a more even complexion.
◊ Soft Shimmers
Opt for softer shimmers during allergy season as high pigment eye color shades are more likely to flake into the eye causing eye irritations.
◊ Soothing + Calming Beauty Products
Use products that are soothing and calming as they help combat flare-ups, reduce swelling, inflammation and redness. Opt for products rich in chamomile, calendula, aloe, lavender, st. johns wort and rose oil (rose water).
◊ Nourishing + Repairing + Ultra Moisturizing Beauty Products
Allergy symptoms can cause rough, dry, itchy, stiff, red, blotchy skin and sometimes using regular moisturizers just won’t cut it. Using products that are nourishing, repairing and moisturizing focused, can instantly repair damage skin caused by allergy symptoms.
Allergy Safe Brands
Here are a few of my top recommended skincare brands that will help protect and treat seasonal allergy elements. (in no particular order)
Important Allergy Trigger Prevention Tips
Whether it’s work, school or a long vacation traveling with allergies can be a difficult task. Here are a few tips to help you cope with the symptoms while your away from home.
1. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a great way to disguise puffy, irritated eyes. It also helps block pollen, dust and any additional airborne irritants that can travel directly to your eye while outdoors.
2. Avoid Using Hair Gel
Avoid using excessive hair gel during allergy season, as it can become a magnet for pollen, mold and spores that can in turn trigger allergic reactions, causing irritation throughout the day.
3. Leave Your Shoes At The Door
Leave your shoes right at the door upon arriving home, as your shoes can also collect pollen and dust. Not to mention the excess amount of germs and bacteria your shoes can carry on any given day.
4. Shower + Wash Hair Before Bed
Showering and washing your hair before bed ensures that your body is free of all allergens. It also prevents allergens from entering your home and more importantly, your pillow. A warm shower during allergy season can also free up nasal passage ways and help you decompress for the night.
5. Wash your Linens Often
Wash your household linens often, as it is one of the most efficient ways to rid your home of allergens, germs, dust and pollen traces. Investing in hypo-allergenic mattress and pillow protectors are also another great way to prevent allergens from invading your personal space.
6. Check the pollen count daily and plan your day accordingly.
All or most weather apps have a daily pollen outlook section including pollen, grass and ragweed counts. You can also check the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s National Allergy Bureau.
Homeopathic Allergy Aides
A few of my top-rated homeopathic brands and help aides. (listed in order of highest rating)
- Dr. Kings Natural Medicine Allergy and Hay Fever Reliever (purchase here)
- Bioallers Allergy Pollen Hayfever (purchase here)
- Hyland’s Natural Seasonal Allergy Relief Tablets (purchase here)
More Helpful Allergy Tips
◊ Drink lots of water
Allergies can hinder the body’s ability to stay hydrated thus, increasing your water intake is essential. Increasing your water intake during allergy season can also flush out your system, eliminating irritants, excess mucus and sinus drainage.
◊ Test it Out
No matter what the product, natural or organic, testing a product out before applying it to your hair or skin is a great way to prevent allergic reactions and allergy flare-ups.
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