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Beauty Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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Beauty Tips for Allergy Sufferers

Allergies aren't pretty.

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Seasonal allergies can do a number on your beauty routine. Puffy eyes, dark under eye circles and red, inflamed nostrils are not a pretty sight. Read on for a few beauty tips to help get rid of redness, swollen puffy eyes and reduce inflammation caused by allergies.

The first step, of course, is to follow any regimens and prescription or over the counter medications your doctor has recommended to ease your allergy symptoms. Just be aware that some medications can affect the condition of your skin. Antihistamines often contribute to skin dryness.

Here’s more about home remedies for nose and sinus allergies.

Cut Down On Allergens

Wash your hair at night to remove pollen and dust. Since some women of color might not want to wash their hair every night, be sure to shake out your hair before entering your house to get rid of some of the dust and allergens that might have accumulated during the day.

To avoid tracking in dust and allergens into your home, remove shoes at the door and put on shoes that you’ll only wear indoors.

On days when there will be a high pollen count, keep the windows closed to keep allergens out. Use an air purifier, especially in the bedroom, to help remove and keep pollen and other allergens out of the air.

For more about allergies and tips for how to cope, read this article about seasonal allergies.

Help For Your Nose

Try a nasal moisturizer. Use a nasal spray and a protective moisturizer for the nose, which can become rough and irritated from sneezing and constantly blowing the nose.

Rinse irritants from the nose. Rinse your nose at night with a saline solution to get rid of allergens and other irritants. You can use a squeeze bottle or a neti pot and use a saline solution pack from the drug store or make your own with a solution of non-iodized salt and distilled water (avoid using tap water, which might have impurities).

Sooth your sinuses. To sooth your sinuses and help you to breathe, you might want to treat yourself to a visit to a spa that has a eucalyptus steam room. If that doesn’t work for you, you can give your face a nice steam at home. Add eucalyptus oil to boiled water poured into a large bowl, or use a facial steamer (make sure your face is not too close to the hot steam). Drape a towel over your head (if you’re using the bowl method) and inhale for 5 -10 minutes.

Help For Your Eyes

Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, they can help keep pollen and allergens from getting into your eyes.

Stop rubbing your eyes. When eyes are itchy, you might have the tendency to rub your eyes, which will contribute to dark under eye circles.

What causes dark circles under eye circles?

Drink more water. Sinus congestion can result in under eye puffiness, so drink plenty of water to help detox your system. Try drinking water with lemon first thing in the morning and drink water throughout the day to relieve puffiness and nasal congestion.

Sooth puffy eyes. Use cool compresses like cool milk on cotton pads or cool wet tea bags to sooth eyes and reduce swelling and puffiness.

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Use helpful ingredients. Use products with anti-redness and anti-inflammatory ingredients like vitamin C, aloe vera (moisturizing and soothing), geranium (strengthens capillaries and helps relieve congestion), and tea tree (an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory).

Read more about natural allergy remedies.

Avoid eye makeup. Try to avoid wearing eye makeup when having a bout with allergies. If that is not possible, use waterproof mascaras and eyeliners so that the makeup doesn’t get into watery, already irritated eyes. Also use hypoallergenic makeup and make sure the product you use is bacteria-free.

Do you know when to toss your makeup?

Use a concealer. To counter redness in the under eye area and around the nose, use a yellow-based concealer.

Let them see the whites of your eyes. Use bright colored eyeliner to rim the inside of the eyes or a highlighter eye shadow shade to brighten the whites of the eyes.

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