Seasonal allergies are my ish! Back in the day when I was a youngster, we headed over to good old Dr. Bobbits office to get that painful allergy test where they injected every allergen into your back and measured your ‘allergicness’ to each. Needless to say I tested positive for every single one. They had seen nothing like it…. The bi-weekly allergy shots followed and then we all got tired of it for years on end and eventually relied on our allergy meds to get us through the dreaded Cincinnati allergy season. Then fast forward to my college days and I was getting a full blown sinus infection every 2 weeks. We scheduled an appointment with the ENT and I had TWOOOO deviated septum surgeries to correct the problem that year. SUPER fun surgery & I’m really tolerant of pain – gah, having splints in your nose for days was not my idea of fun! Now that my nose is a little straighter & I’m missing some sinus cavities, my allergies are better maintained. BUT, I never became un-allergic to any of those allergens that wrecked havoc in my life. While my nose drips less, my eyes aren’t as red and my nose isn’t as congested, I still experience it all PLUS the skin irritations that come with it.
Does this sound like you? You’re taking every medicinal thing you can get your hands on, but you’re still having symptoms associated with allergies, mainly directed towards your skin. If you’re saying ‘Yes girl!’ then it’s time we all starting properly maintaining our bods and get to a place where everything itches less – am I right!?
Red, Irritated Skin
So I blow my nose roughly 74 times a day and every couple days I develop that dreaded red nose that you see in those Kleenex commercials 😉 If this is you too, there are a couple things you can do.
- Only use facial tissues (I often reach for the paper towel when the drip is about to get out of control, but since then, I’ve added backups to my desk to avoid doing that)
- Use facial tissues with aloe
- Try not to rub your nose, especially in an upward manner (There is a real ‘line’ that can crease on your nose from itching and blowing your nose too much – it’s called a transverse nasal crease)
- I personally use ‘nose tampons’… I know you’re speechless here, but I take a wad of tissue paper and jam it up my nose and go about my day. I sometimes forget they’re in there – i.e. answer the door or answer the Skype video chat from my co-workers……It’s literally a lifesaver, no more excessive blowing and no more nasal drip. I also use them almost every night so I’m not an insane mess when I wake from my slumber.
- Consider a really great cream to apply on your irritated skin – we really like to use an ointment from SkinMedica that they no longer sell, but here’s one that is just as soothing
It’s no surprise, I suffer form Eczema! 😉 I love allergies so muchhhh! Seasonal allergies are one of the most common triggers in an eczema flare-up. For eczema flare-ups, turn to rich moisturizer that delivers really good hydration while helping provide immediate relief and long-lasting protection for dry, tired skin!
Dry, Itchy Skin
If my skin isn’t itching then something is wrong! Always dry and itchy and I personally really don’t like the texture of body lotion, but I use it anyways or I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. Did you know that if your skin is itchy during the spring time, chances are it’s your body trying to ward off irritants such as pollen?! If this is you, there are certainly some things we can all try to make it through the season!
- Avoid too hot of showers
- Use a loofah in the shower to help you exfoliate
- Apply lotion directly after your shower when it’s a little wet
- Apply lotion daily, regardless of your shower habits
- Plug in your humidifier – ours is up and running in our bedroom as I type
- Consider using a body cleanser that is targeted towards sensitive dry skin
- Up your body lotion game in the spring time & even consider using the same product in the winter. We really LOVE Avene products for common skin conditions (one Cheeky LOVES Avene for her rosacea).
Here’s where I excel!!! For the longest time, I’d wake up with the puffiest eye area, but I’ve since helped combat that with a couple tricks we’ve got up our sleeves.
- I swear by jade rolling for puffiness – it’s done a world of good for our eye puffiness & general facial puffiness
- Avoid itching your eyes if at all possible – this has been a HUGE challenge for me, but I noticed that when I do go full ham on my eye, I often get a painful stye so I’ve been a lot better than I used to be. Even more importantly, itching your eyes can actually cause wrinkles to ‘worsen’ for lack of a better word.
- Consider using an alcohol-free eye patch to help with puffiness & overall dryness
Besides good old Allegra & Zyrtec, what other products do you rely on when it comes to your seasonal allergies? Let us know in the comment’s section below. We’re all about trying new things!