The arrival of spring brings plenty to be glad about from budding blossom in the trees to the promise of some warm sunshine. However, as beautiful as it is, this time of year also heralds the start of allergy season for many people.
If puffy, watery eyes, a constantly running nose and sneezing fits weren't enough to contend with, common seasonal allergies can also wreak havoc on your skin, leaving you with a swollen, blotchy complexion. Here's how to put your best face forward when the pollen count rises:
1) It's those tiny airborne particles of pollen floating in our atmosphere that are to blame for most spring allergies. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and acts as an excellent herbal antihistamine to instantly calm skin irritation and relieve the symptoms of hayfever. Quercetin occurs naturally in foods like capers or you can take it as a herbal remedy.
2) When your skin is red and flaky or looks swollen, you can develop sensitivity to some cosmetics and skincare products. Focus on strengthening the skin barrier by using a calming and correcting skin serum, our absolute go-to for any skin irritation or inflammation is Pure Fiji's Anti-ageing Booster (Dilo oil), this amazing cold pressed natural oil has a rich bounty of nutrients and unique essential fatty acids to help regenerate and soothe the most sensitive of skins.
3) Avoid using skincare that contains common irritants like parabens and propylene glycol, these can trigger further irritation to your skin when it is already feeling sensitive. A great skin tip is to put Pure Fiji's Rescue Body Gel in the fridge and apply as needed, the cool gel helps relieve itching and cools any heat in the skin, it is paraben and propylene free.
4) Swap your foundation for mineral makeup! Mineral makeup is an extension of any good skincare routine. By swapping your normal foundation to a mineral makeup you will be able to cover red or patchy skin and also still be treating it with healing minerals at the same time. We love Jane Iredale's Glow Time® Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, covers blemishes, minimizes the appearance of pores, and smoothes and brightens skin. Available in-store only.
5) We recommend ditching the mascara, with hayfever comes itchy eyes and the risk of mascara smudging. Keep those lashes dark and thick by having a Lash Tint every 3 weeks, it will soon become your hayfever saviour!