How to Look Your Best During Allergy Season
By Alison Abbey, Special Projects Editor |
There’s nothing pretty about allergy season. (Except, of course, those pollen-producing blossoms.) Fortunately, there are a few tricks to keep yourself looking sensational between sneezes.
Beware the Blow Dry
Blowing your nose during allergy season is inevitable. Factor in the steady sneezing, unstoppable running and unavoidable tissue-rubbing, and your nose is bound to dry out. It’s only a matter of time before it turns red and the skin begins to flake. Your best defense is to use tissues that moisturize. But if that’s not enough, there are two easy beauty tricks to solve the problem. For redness, use a hydrating concealer. Not only will this hide the redness, it will moisturize the skin and help combat additional problems. If you need additional hydration, medicated Chapstick provides moisture while healing the broken skin.
Throw On Some Shades
With pollen swirling from all directions, ducking it entirely is out of the question. However, donning a pair of sunglasses will do wonders for your allergies. By shielding your eyes from the pollen, your glasses will cut down on allergic reactions. And they do double duty: If you don’t get your shades on in time and you do suffer a watery, red eye situation, your glasses will cover up the problem area and keep you looking totally chic.
Just Add Water
Showering at night will rinse off the day’s troubles and the pollen you’ve picked up along the way. Make it extra steamy to help clear up any congestion that’s followed you home. And if that’s not enough, try a saline spray, which will ease the stress on your mucus membranes. Finally, apply a cold compress on your eyes when you lie down for bed. It will eliminate swelling and give the irritated skin around your eyes some welcome relief.