Helpful hay fever beauty tips
Streaming eyes and a runny nose are never a good look, so what can hay fever sufferers do to brighten their complexions?
Anyone with allergies probably already knows that 2015 has been hailed as one of the worst for symptoms in years. If you’re feeling less than fabulous we have some clever ways to tweak your beauty regime to hide those tell-tale signs.
Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai, an ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon, insists it’s crucial to start taking antihistamines early, before your symptoms start playing havoc with your health – and your complexion.
“With hay fever, histamine causes eye symptoms such as inflammation, redness and itching by acting on H1 histamine receptors in the eyes,” the expert told Cover Media. “Eye drops block the H1 receptors, however, this treatment only works if taken before contact with the allergen, and it can take a number of weeks for the effects of the treatment to be seen.”
Hay fever can strike at any time during the year, contrary to the common assumption that it’s only at the beginning of spring.
If your eyes are already feeling irritated and red, there are a few things to consider before you start applying your usual make-up.
Avoid using eyelash glue as this can exacerbate symptoms – it’s best to give those falsies a rest for now. Shimmery eyeshadow may be on trend at the moment, but bold, iridescent hues will only draw attention to blotchy skin around the area.
Make sure you read cosmetic labels closely and stick to hypoallergenic products if possible.
“With soothing skin products, eye drops, natural home remedies and a bit of make-up as needed, your skin will feel soothed and less irritated,” promises Dr Shah-Desai.
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom for hay fever sufferers who want to look their best. You can still wear make-up and avoid irritating your symptoms if you choose the right products.
Concealer is your secret weapon in disguising any red areas around the eyes. Place a few dots underneath your peepers and over the lid up to the brow bone. Pat gently to blend it in and take care not to cause any further irritation. Loose powder is great at keeping concealer and foundation in place, helping to hide a blotchy complexion.
White eyeliner is another useful product to help your eyes sparkle. Apply to the inner corner of each eye and smudge to give you a brighter appearance.
Dr Shah-Desai adds that skin tends to get drier from taking antihistamines so make-up will look more pronounced.