Hay fever season is upon us, and there are a handful of tried and tested techniques and savvy products that can help the itchy eyes and running nose.
Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, constant sneezing – hay fever season is officially upon us and the symptoms are as strong as ever.
If you’re suffering this season, don’t worry. You’re not alone. According to the NHS, around a fifth of the population is thought to suffer from those dreaded hay fever symptoms, and the number is estimated to double, yes, you read that correctly, by 2030 – not cool.
With summer on the horizon, those sniffles are only set to get worse, but it might be worth kicking the doze-inducing antihistamines to the curb in favour of these savvy tricks…
1) Invest in a pollen filter
Pollen is microscopic, so even if you’re shutting yourself away indoors, it can still find a way to invade your living space. Your best bet? To invest in an air purifier. Not only will it obliterate those pesky pollen particles, but it also works to eliminate things like smoke and indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, often found in manufactured woods, glues and household cleaning products.
Bye bye, itchy eyes.
Try: Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower Purifier Fan
This air purifying fan may be pricey, but it has been proven to automatically remove an enormous 99.95% of allergens from the air, making streaming eyes a thing of the past.
2) Switch up your eye cream
It isn’t just a lack of sleep that can cause puffy eyes - increased pollen exposure has an inflammatory-like effect on this ultra-thin and super-sensitive area of skin, immediately inflating eye bags.
If your current eye cream isn’t cutting it, shelve it in favour of a product filled to bursting with antioxidants, which will pollen-proof the delicate skin, as well as a doe-foot applicator to cool and smooth.
Try: Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
Caffeine and antioxidant green tea make this the ultimate eye cream for banishing baggy eyes, while the clever cooling massage tip works wonders to sooth irritation.
3) Dab a balm around your nostrils
According to the NHS, dabbing a thick balm around your nostrils will trap pollen particles and keep them out, so you can forget about any sneezing fits – clever, no?
Try: Glossier Balm Dot Com
This multipurpose balm is silky, not sticky. Daub it around sore, red nostrils to moisturise skin and shut pollen out.
4) Waterproof your eye make-up
If your eyes always start streaming mid mascara application, make it waterproof.
Thanks to innovations in mascara technology, 2018’s new waterproof mascaras condition as they coat lashes, preventing that dreaded dry, crispy feeling.
Try: benefit BADgal BANG! Volumising Mascara
Compatible with sensitive eyes, the newest addition to benefit’s mascara family lengthens, thickens and curls lashes all without flaking onto cheeks. It boasts a hit of vitamin B5 to reinforce flimsy lashes and dries in seconds, so you don’t have to worry about panda eyes.
5) Take a probiotic supplement
A recent study found that probiotics consisting of both lactobacilli and bifidobacteria helped to alleviate hay fever in some sufferers.
So, as well as fending off things like bloating and stomach cramps, they can also keep symptoms such as sneezing and a bunged-up nose from rearing their heads.
Try: Ultra Maxiumum Acidophilus 60 Capsules
With 20billion active cultures including lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, these capsules contribute to optimum gut health and can help keep hay fever symptoms at arm’s length. Simply take one capsule daily, before meals.
6) Use essential oils to clear your airwaves
You might already incorporate essential oils into your nightly soak, but they are also brilliant at blasting blocked airways. Opt for eucalyptus and citrus essential oils over rose or lavender, as they’ll invigorate and revive the senses much more effectively.
Try: Eucalyptus Ethically Harvested Pure Essential Oil
Decant Tisserand Aromatherapy’s essential oil either onto a tissue or your sleeve to decongest your airwaves. Two or three drops is ample.
7) Use a colour corrector
If your foundation just isn’t doing the job this spring, enlist a green-toned colour corrector to neutralise the redness that tends to peek through, especially around your nose.
Try: Vichy Dermablend Colour Corrector Green
Vichy’s new colour corrector is non-comedogenic, making it perfect for skin vulnerable to acne, hypoallergenic for those prone to sensitivity and delivers 24-hour wear – something we can vouch for. Daub it onto skin with a damp make-up sponge before layering on your concealer and foundation.
8) Combat itchy eyes with eye drops
After sneezing fits, itchy, bloodshot, watery eyes is definitely the most miserable hay fever symptom. If you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve had to reassure people that you aren’t crying this season, invest in eye drops. And no, they aren’t just water.
With clever ingredients to stop the production of histamines, you can expect a whole lot less irritation and redness.
Try: Murine Hayfever Eye Drops
These easy-to-apply eye drops harness Sodium Cromoglicate to reduce the body’s response to hay fever allergens, and we can confirm they work a treat to eradicate soreness. Simply tip your head back and place one or two drops into eyes four times a day.
9) Safeguard your skin, too
WGSN recently reported that data presented by Estée Lauder Companies at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology showed that pollen comprises a notable quantity of particulate pollution, and has been shown to harm the skin, mainly causing a damaged skin barrier.
When the skin’s barrier is compromised, dryness, redness, itchiness and inflammation can hit. The solution? Antioxidants.
Try: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
Antioxidant vitamins C and E and Ferulic Acid in this fast-absorbing serum work like a suit of armour against pollen pollution so you can brave the day without the fear of a flaky face. We swear by it.
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