Allergies are no fun. They make us feel tired, stuffy and overall worse. So when the warmer season comes and allergies strike, a lot of people struggle with many different symptoms. For some, it goes beyond that, if they suffer from something they are surrounded by all year round, like dust.
And besides the medical symptoms, allergies really don’t make us look that great. But, if we can’t make the allergies go away completely, there are some things we can do to make them more bearable, and definitely things we can do to cover up the symptoms.
One sure sign of allergies are big, red, puffy eyes that keep calling you to scratch them. Firstly, let’s talk about soothing the skin and making it less puffy. Take some hick paper towels, rip them into smaller shreds and soak them for a minute in some green tea. Then place them on a tray in the freezer and let them freeze overnight. Once they are frozen, they are extremely soothing, and they can still be bent so that the shape lies perfectly on your face.
In the morning, or whenever you feel your eyes are getting red and puffy, place them on your eyes for several minutes. Now that the puffy eyes are gone, you want to cover up the redness. Firstly, if your skin is very red, layering a green concealer will help neutralise the skin tone. Then apply your concealer or foundation as usual and you are good to go.
If your allergies manifest by creating red, itchy patches on your skin, it’s important to recognise that and know what the cause is. Of course the best thing you can do is make sure that there are as few allergens in your surroundings as possible, meaning avoiding going out when it’s windy, getting in contact with allergens and equipping your living and working space with the finest air purifier for allergies.
When you see redness on your skin that comes from allergies (and you will be able to tell because it usually comes in patches and it’s not redness caused by break-outs), you mustn’t try to clean or scrub it off with harsh exfoliators. This redness comes from deep within the skin, and being harsh to it will only make it worse. Instead, wash your face with some gentle, soothing cleanser to calm it. If your face feels uncomfortable, going over it with some ice wrapped in a towel might calm it down, or you can repeat the same green tea trick from before. To cover up the redness, apply a thin layer of foundation, and then contour and highlight, because that will make your face look more evenly toned and take away the redness.
Let’s first address not being able to breathe, because that’s the bigger problem here. When you can’t breathe properly because of allergies (or any other reason), you rely more on breathing through your mouth, which has its own set of medical problems, but it also severely dries out your lips. So to make it easier to breathe, you can brew a big batch of – you guessed it – green tea (perhaps before you dip the cloths into it) and steam your face over it for a few minutes, or until you feel your nasal canals loosening up.
You’ll probably be blowing your nose quite a bit, so the skin around your nose will be red raw. Make sure you moisturise it a couple of times per day and when applying foundation or concealer, make it one that is quite heavy and full moisture. As for your dry, chapped lips, a lip balm should be on-hand at all times, and you should reapply it every time you feel like our lips are getting dry. You can also gently exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush or with a natural sugar scrub.
Dealing with allergies can be quite a hassle, but if you approach it with care and try to minimise the symptoms, you should be able to survive the season. if you are struggling to get through it, you should always ask your doctor for help, as they will be able to give you the best advice and any needed medicine.
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