How Spring Allergies Affect Your Skin

With the anticipation of warmer weather, it is inevitable that people will worry about allergy season. Allergy sufferers know that springtime brings puffy eyes, dry, itchy skin, and persistent redness from frequent nose blowing.

If you're battling seasonal allergies, it's best to consult an allergist to find out which solutions are best for you. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications called antihistamines may be recommended to relieve your symptoms.

But since allergies can often take a major toll on your skin (and FYI, your skin-care routine can make these symptoms worse), there are steps you can take at home to ease your symptoms. Here are five tips to help keep spring

allergies at bay.

Calm yourself down with a hydrating mask. Allergies can cause skin inflammation because excess histamine can cause tissue to swell. We know that applying cold packs to swollen eyes can reduce inflammation.

Reduce redness and swelling (aka "face irritation") with Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask. Formulated with Rosehip Seed Oil and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice to naturally cool and refresh skin for instant pain relief.

To enhance its soothing benefits, you can store it in the skin care refrigerator until use. Bonus points if you apply with a jade roller, paying special attention to the affected areas.

Brightens dark circles and bags under the eyes. Dark circles and bags under the eyes are caused by a variety of factors, not just lack of sleep, but also seasonal allergies.

Also known as "allergic dark circles," dark circles appear when you have a stuffy nose (not just your nose) and cause blood to pool in the area under your eyes. Fades dark circles by improving blood circulation and draining trapped fluid.

Coffee Seed Extract—found in Holiday Eye Brightening Gel—boosts circulation while brightening the eye area. Tip: Enjoy an eye massage by tapping your fingertips quickly from the inner corner of the eye to the temple. Or use

a facial acupressure device. This will make it easier for the fluid to drain.

Remove pollen with a mild cleanser. Whether your skin is traditionally sensitive or not, allergies can cause your skin to become irritated more quickly.

If you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, you may experience more flare-ups than usual during the warmer months. If the scrub or scrub is too irritating to the skin, use less.

However, don't forget to clean your skin thoroughly, especially after being outdoors, especially around the eyes, as pollen can cling to the skin.

Shop for cleansing skin care products Since allergies can cause your skin to become more sensitive than usual, it's more important than ever to avoid potential trigger ingredients. Fragrances and preservatives, such as parabens,

are the most common allergens in cosmetics, according to the FDA. Switch to clean, paraben-free skincare whenever possible, and look for fragrance-free products that are approved for sensitive skin. This also applies to the

ingredients you eat and drink—studies show sugar and alcohol can weaken your immune system and make allergy symptoms worse.

Reinforced moisture barrier The best way to combat seasonal skincare allergies is to take defensive measures. The skin's barrier is designed to protect against environmental elements like pollen, but it can't do its job well

if it isn't cared for properly. Get a good night's sleep and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing - in the warmer months, we recommend using a dew point moisturizing gel cream - as allergies can also cause

dryness. Of course, don’t forget sunscreen! Our SPF Guards Up protects against UV rays, pollution and blue light damage.

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