How to Deal with Skin Flare-Ups During Allergy Season
Along with the anticipation for warmer weather comes the inevitable dread of allergy season. Allergy-sufferers understand the onset of spring also equals the start of puffy eyes, dry, itchy skin, and consistent redness from blowing their noses one too many times.
If you deal with seasonal allergies, it’s recommended that you consult with an allergist to figure out what solutions work best for you. OTC medications—called antihistamines—may be recommended to offset your symptoms. But because allergies often have a major impact on your skin (and FYI: your skincare habits can exacerbate those symptoms), there are at-home actions you can take for some relief. Keep scrolling for 5 tips for keeping your spring allergies at bay.
Keep Things CoolAllergies cause the skin to become inflamed, as the excess of histamines makes tissues swell. As we know from placing an ice pack on a swollen eye, cold compresses relieve inflammation. For instant coolness to calm redness and puffiness (also known as “Allergy Face”), try popping a mask—The Fix Emergency Eye Mask is perfect for this—in the fridge or rolling a cooled jade roller or gua sha over the skin, paying special attention to impacted areas.
Up Your Circulation
Under-eye circles are caused by a myriad of factors—not just a bad night’s sleep—including seasonal allergies. Also known as “allergic shiners”, these dark circles appear when you’re congested (not just nasally), causing blood to pool in the under-eye area. Improving blood circulation and flushing out the liquid that’s stuck can lighten circles. Coffee seed extract—found in Vacation Eyes Brightening Gel—will get your circulation moving while simultaneously brightening the eye area. Tip: Give yourself an eye massage with rapid taps of your fingertips moving from the inner corner of your eye out toward your temples. This helps facilitate that drainage of fluid.
Cleanse (But Gently)Whether you have traditionally sensitive skin or not, allergies cause skin to become irritated much more easily. And if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, you may notice more outbreaks than usual during the warmer months. Scale back on exfoliants or peels if they appear to be too harsh for your skin, but don’t forget to properly cleanse—especially after spending time outdoors and particularly the eye area—as pollen can cling onto your skin. Eye-safe Wash It Out Gel Cleanser is a good everyday cleanser for all skin types.
Avoid Common AllergensAgain, because allergies can cause your skin to become more sensitive than usual, avoiding potentially triggering ingredients is more vital than ever. According to the FDA, fragrance and preservatives (such as parabens) fall under the most common allergens found in cosmetics. Switch to clean, non-toxic skincare when you can and be on the lookout for products that are fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin. This counts for ingredients you eat and drink as well—studies show sugar and alcohol weaken your immune system and can worsen allergy symptoms.
Protect the Skin’s BarrierThe best way to combat seasonal allergies when it comes to your skincare is to get on the defense. Your skin’s barrier is made to protect against environmental elements like pollen, but it can’t do a good job if it’s not properly taken care of. Get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated by drinking enough water and moisturizing—we recommend Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream for warmer months—as allergies can cause dryness as well, and don’t forget your sunscreen! Our SPF, Guards Up, defends against UV rays, environmental pollution, and blue-light damage.