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Allergies and Your Skin

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Allergy alert! In Texas, we get hit with all sorts of different allergens: mold, cedar, elm, dust, peregrine… the list goes on and on! You know that allergies can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but did you know that some air-borne allergens can also affect your skin?

Maybe you’ve been noticing that your eyes are swollen and itchy, or your nose looks a little red. Maybe you’ve been noticing some unusual skin irritation along your forehead, or you’ve even come down with a case of hives! Our skin is so vulnerable to irritating allergens because it is constantly exposed to the elements.

While living with allergies is just part of life in Central Texas, you don’t have to go through every day looking red  and puffy. Here are some ways to avoid irritation and to keep yourself looking beautiful during allergy season:

Avoiding Allergens

What’s that they say about football…”The best defense is a good offense”? Well, this applies to allergy season too. As anyone who suffers from allergies can tell you, sometimes the best way to defend yourself is to fight!

  • Wash Up. If you’ve just spent a lovely afternoon in your garden or are coming home from an invigorating jog at the lake, it is a wise idea to jump into the shower and wash that pollen off your skin and body before you go about your day.  If you don’t have the time to take a full shower, at least wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution is a great choice – this rich, creamy, non-foaming cleanser gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels. Antioxidant vitamins C and E improve your skin’s smoothness and help control free radical damage.
  • Sweet Dreams. Remember, it is likely that you’re carrying pollen around on your hair and skin. That means when you go bed, it will rub off on your pillows and sheet, and end up right up against your face – a recipe for allergy disaster! Regularly washing pillows and other bed linens is a good way to avoid allergy build up.
  • Check Your Paws. If you’ve been staying on top of allergy-avoidance but are still suffering from allergy symptoms, it’s possible that your cats or dogs are bringing in pollen from outside. Wipe down your pets’ fur and paws when they come in from the outside, and be sure to wash dogs regularly.

Makeup For Allergy Symptoms

Even if you are diligent about avoiding allergens, chances are at some point you’ll be exposed. If this happens, don’t worry! Try these simple makeup tricks and you’ll be looking as fresh as usual:

  • Get the Red Out. When it comes to your face, red is the enemy! Redness in the eyes or around your nose can be a dead giveaway that you’re having an allergic reaction. To counter all that red, choose golden or yellow-based concealer instead of a beige color, or use a green correcting product. The green cancels out the red, so you’re left looking balanced and beautiful. It’s best to avoid blush if you’re already looking red, but a brown-toned bronzer can be a great way to create contours on a puffy face. Jane Iredale offers some great tools to help in this area, such as the Circle Delete concealers or Moonglow, a client favorite bronzer.
  • Get Hyped About Hypoallergenic. The last thing you need when you are suffering from allergy symptoms is more irritation. Allergy season is a great time to think about what you’re putting on your face and hair. Be sure to choose makeup, shampoo, and other products that are hypoallergenic to avoid aggravating your symptoms. We love the Jane Iredale because it only the finest quality ingredients, giving this mineral make-up strong hypoallergenic properties.
  • Prime Time. A silicon-based primer can really be a woman’s best friend. Not only do these products smooth out pores and fill in fine-lines, using a primer can help makeup go on much better when your skin is dry.

If you need some allergy relief, we recommend coming by for a relaxing massage treatment followed by a eucalyptus steam shower. The steam and energizing eucalyptus will gently clear out your sinuses and let you breathe again. We have some clients that swear by it!