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Hay Fever Beauty Hacks

As spring approaches, many of us have to face the dreaded hay fever season.  Constant sneezing, itchiness and rashes are just some of the main symptoms that people suffer from but sometimes these symptoms can start to affect our daily life.

One of the main questions I get asked around this season is about managing the hay fever symptoms specifically related to eyes and skin.  Those who are prone to allergies tend to get watery eyes, increased sneezing and red rashes due to rubbing and wiping your nose and eyes which is not the best scenario when it comes to applying makeup or even using moisturisers and a sunscreen.

In order to minimize the symptoms of hay fever and enhance your allergy remedies, I have put together my hacks on how to tackle all your troubles away!

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    Use Antihistamine Eye Drops

    These can become your saviours when it comes to red, watery eyes due to allergies. Commonly sold as Opticrom or Optrex Allergy, these help to reduce the release histamine (which is responsible for inflammation). With the advice of your pharmacist, use these before starting your makeup and at least 15 minutes before putting contact lenses in. If you don’t want to use eyedrops, you could try an eye mask to help soothe itchy eyes. We like the Estée Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask for a quick 10 minute eye treatment.

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    Waterproof Mascara and Eyeliner

    A lot of people feel that they cannot use makeup on eyes during hay fever season but a few strokes of waterproof mascara (such as the Maybelline Colosal Waterproof Mascara) can help you put your favourite looks together. Accompany this by using waterproof eyeliner for long lasting perfection. The Daniel Sandler Black Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner is one of our favourite liners for staying put on watery eyes.

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    Use Anti-redness Serums and Primers

    There is a few anti-redness products on the market and these can be a great help during the allergy season. Constant rubbing of your nose and eyes along with rashes can cause irritation and redness which can make you look flushed. We have a number of anti-redness products that can help soothe your allergy prone skin, including Ren’s Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum. Choose a product which you are comfortable with and use daily before leaving your house.

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    Use CC Cream

    If you want to get that flawless finish but are concerned about streaking due to watery eyes and sneezing then swap your foundation for a CC cream, like the La Roche-Rosay Rosaliac CC Cream. These tend to have more colour correcting properties as compared to BB creams and tinted moisturisers but are also easy to blend on your skin. Cover the problem areas with some concealer (one of our favourites is the Maybelline Eraser Concealer) and you are good to go.

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    Refresh Your Eyes

    Puffiness is another major problem that is a concern during these months as allergens lead to inflammation as a response leading to tired looking eyes. Use a cold spoon to help calm the puffiness down or alternatively use an eye cream such as Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to brighten and cool your eyes.

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Hira

Hira

Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal