Surviving Allergy Season
Hands up if you are being personally victimized by seasonal allergies. When our nose starts running and eyes water up more than when we watch Leo drown in Titanic for the millionth time (spoiler alert) then we know that SPRING IS HERE.
In our last post, we welcomed the newest cosmetics collections to the season. “Okay, that’s nice but what if I can’t wear any of them because my face holes are dripping more than Niagara Falls?” We got you! We’ve compiled some master tips, tricks, and tech for you to be able to survive allergy season and the wreckage it leaves behind.
The Air Purifier
One of the worst ways to wake up during allergy season is with the dreaded “crust face”. It’s gross, we get it, but we have to talk about it. We produce an increased amount of fluids to flush out the irritants from our noses and eyes during allergy season. This means that when pollen tries to roundhouse kick you in the face, you become snotty and teary to fight it off. Basically, pollen is the villain in a Rush Hour movie and our mucus is the Chris Tucker - not always neat but gets the job done.
As we sleep, we’re not wiping away our fluids and they dry up. That’s why, in the morning, we wake up with crusty residue in our eye cracks and nostrils. One of the greatest ways to help lessen these effects are by getting an air purifier. This means that the pollen in your bedroom is already being filtered out by a tool before it hits your face. This helps your immune system have to fight off less aggressors.
TBH, everyone should have one of these in their bedroom year round because springtime isn’t the only time that we are getting assaulted by microscopic enemies that can cause allergies, asthma, or other issues. That’s why we love the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower ($499). Sure it’s pricey but it’s an investment that will payoff time and time again, just like that Louis bag.
Pro tip: every morning wash your face with cool water or keep a cucumber water soaked towel in the fridge to use as a compress. This will help with any facial swelling that allergies can cause you to wake up with.
One of the biggest issues with our faces during allergy season, in addition to all the others we’ve listed above, is that all the rubbing and irritation will cause our face to look red. Maybe you’re constantly blowing your nose and your nostrils look flaming and angry. Perhaps you are having a strong reaction to the blooms overall and your whole face is splotchy and angry. We got you, babe.
Grab a lightweight moisturizer that will have soothing properties to quell your redness. We love DR. JART+ Cicapair ™ Color Correcting Treatment ($52) for its ability to neutralize redness while giving a light tinted coverage. It also provides a layer to protect against UV rays and pollution. The treatment will softness and firm skin while helping calm redness and have you looking fresh faced all spring and beyond.
Another favorite that we keep coming back to is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Skin Relief ($48) due to its ability to also color correct some of that redness you might be experiencing overall. The founder of It Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima, created the line when there was nothing on the market to help with her rosacea. Double whammy with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage ($35) for more coverage in those areas where you need it without the flaking and creasing you might be experiencing from always wiping your nose.
BONUS: Grab some super soft tissues to help with nostril dryness or use some Neutrogena Naturals Cleansing Toilettes ($8) to blow your nose instead.
The Eye Makeup
Well, here you go. We bet this was the part of the post you’ve been most eager to read. We’ve all been there before: allergens slap us in the face and, before we know it, our eyes are watering and every sneeze gives us panda eyes. Mascara is all over the place, eyeliner is running down one or both cheeks. Well fuck.
Luckily, Tom Ford knows that we cry during allergy season (or maybe all the time) and launched a new product line just in time. The Emotionproof Mascara ($46) and corresponding Eyeliner ($43) are exactly what we need to prevent smudging and running while pollen violates our faces and the last season of Game of Thrones airs.
If you’re looking for a product with a little more drama and power, let us introduce (or re-introduce for the fans) the Lancôme Hypnose Drama Waterproof mascara ($27). The curved wand helps deposit product from root to tip and lift the lashes. The hardcore waterproof formula also makes sure that your lashes hold a curl in addition to being infallible during allergy season. Pair it with the brand’s Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover ($30) for a gentle but effective cleanse at the end of your day.
For those that don’t want to compromise their creativity while protecting their faces from sliding off, we will always vouch for Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($22). The pencils come in 12 shades and go on super creamy. Don’t dawdle because these sharpshooters will set so budgeproof that you will need to work fast. Once it’s on, this eyeliner is not coming off until you decide. You’ll survive allergy season and an all night rave with these in your beauty arsenal.
The Meds (OTC and Holistic)
Maybe this is the less glamorous side of beauty but medicinal maintenance is part of the magic, baby. We swear my some Flonase ($14) to help us decongest and not have those strings of snot (sorry for the visual) while making an important pitch in a meeting. Some of the nasal sprays on the market are 18+ to buy so be aware that they may live behind the counter and you’ll need to follow the directions of use to the T. We couple that with some Claritin-D ($19) for 24 hour protection again the sneezing and itching. Honestly, before you take any medication you really should be talking to a doctor to make sure it’s what’s best for you. We’re not judging, we’re just lookin’ out bb.
If you’re here for a less pharmaceutical approach, may we introduce you to the Neti-Pot ($14). While this apparatus is commonly recommended for colds we also love it to flush out the congestion and allergens that affect our noses in the spring. It takes some getting used to before you stop feeling like you’re drowning but once you get the hang of it you’ll be a convert. A Neti-Pothead? No? That won’t be a thing. With this, you also want to read the instructions to make sure you are using the right kind of water and cleaning your new pet properly.
Love honey? Start eating some raw honey for a natural way to fight off your allergies. The bee pollen in raw honey has anti-inflammatory characteristics that can help calm the allergic response you’re having to the beautiful but annoying AF trees and flowers. Ingesting it regularly, will help quell the allergic response by building up resistance to the allergens in your body. Grandly, there isn’t a lot of science behind this so def talk to your doc about the feasibility of this as a treatment.