Ah, springtime. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming ... and you're sneezing up your lungs, unleashing a flood of tears every two seconds and scratching your skin repeatedly. Yes, allergy season is officially upon us and allergists say we're in for a doozy this season, thanks to the atypically long winter.
Fortunately, allergy season doesn't have to mean a puffy red face and flaky, dry skin. Now, you can get through spring without looking like you're perpetually waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Schedule Beauty Sleep
No matter how soft your tissues seem, all the sneezing, running and congestion that come with allergy season mean your nose takes a real beating. To combat painful, peeling skin and redness, Greenberg says it's all about hydrating while you sleep. "Apply an argan oil balm to your nose at night so it seeps in while you sleep," says Greenberg. "By the time you wake up, your nose will be well hydrated, free of flakes and concealer-ready." Use a green concealer to combat redness, then blot a flesh-tone concealer over it to blend.
Plant pollen floating in the air causes your body to release itch-inducing chemicals called histamines. Scratching throughout the day just makes inflammation worse, and your skin redder. Refresh throughout the day with a facial mist loaded with calming ingredients like rosewater.
Stay One Step Ahead
Your favorite products can help mask your allergy symptoms, but some of those products may actually be making your symptoms worse. Try to steer clear of perfumes and heavily fragranced lotions and check your labels for irritating preservatives like propylene glycol and parabens.
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