We all know the symptoms to some degree (or if you don’t, consider yourself very, very lucky)—red, itchy eyes, a puffy visage, a dry, chafed nose—the list goes on. With spring’s gorgeous weather unfortunately comes a handful of allergy woes that can throw a wrench in your beautifying routine. Fret not. Just employ the help of a few hero products and kiss allergy face good-bye.
No More Puffy Eyes
Since the complexion (particularly the nose area) tends to get dry and flaky during allergy season, use a cleanser with gentle exfoliating properties to buff away dead skin. Soothing formulas ensure skin is left refreshed and clean, not irritated.
To restore and lock in moisture, nourishing balms are your best friends. When your skin needs a surge of hydration, apply a thick all-purpose cream (such as Egyptian Magic's formula) as an overnight "mask." For dryness-prone regions like the nose and lips, use a repair cream such as Osmia Organics' Honey-Myrrh treatment—the lanolin, manuka honey and myrrh work wonders. In fact, the cream can even be placed inside the nose to treat damaged skin (from all the sneezing, nose-blowing, etc.).
Puffy eyes are never fun and are definitely a surefire way to slow down your morning grin. Quickly combat the effects with a massaging roll-on gel that cools, depuffs and brightens tired, distressed eyes in one fell swoop.
Use a creamy concealer on the under-eye area to hide shadows and darkness that can be common during allergy season. Then use a brightening powder to set the concealer and add a lightening effect to the area. Laura Mercier's formula is super lightweight, so it won't build up or settle into creases throughout the day.
To brighten the whites of your eyes and rid them of redness or itchiness, keep soothing drops in your purse at all times.
To keep allergy symptoms at bay around the clock, make sure you've got soothing indoor air that is neither too damp or too dry. A portable, point-of-use humidifier by your bed helps keep skin (and nasal passages) moisturized as you sleep.