* Don’t let allergy season hibernate you
* Keep redness and puffiness at bay
* Skin care and makeup hacks to conceal your symptoms
Seasonal allergies can be a beauty nightmare and can wreak havoc on your complexion if you’re not prepared. As symptoms can vary from watery eyes and redness to puffiness and extreme tiredness, whichever ones your skin chooses to partake in, there’s a beauty solution. Here are some of the best beauty fixers to combat the side effects of allergy season. With the right makeup and skin care products, you can combat (or at least conceal) the physical signs of allergies.
1. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Watery eyes are one of the most common symptoms of allergies. If you can’t alleviate them, then you can prepare in advance by using waterproof mascara. One great option is the cult-favorite Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara. This best-selling mascara is highly rated for its buildable, full-fan lash look and their waterproof formula is suitable for the most sensitive of eyes.
2. NYX Photo Loving Primer
Redness and irritation is another common effect of seasonal allergies and the areas around the nose and eyes tend to suffer the most. One great solution is to use a green primer or concealer under your makeup that will counteract the redness and give the illusion of an even skin tone. Because green is an opposite color to red on the color wheel, it is able to neutralize the redness. NYX’s Photo Loving Primer creates a smooth surface for foundation and ensures the longevity of your makeup.
3. Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, another unfortunate side effect of allergies is puffy and swollen eyes. A South Korean beauty ritual that has been making the rounds lately is the use of Snail Mucin on or around your face. Snail Mucin contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help depuff the skin. Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel are eye patches infused with this snail magic that penetrates rapidly into the skin for instant results. Place in the refrigerator for an added cooling effect.
4. La Roche-Posay Baume
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume is a multipurpose product designed to soothe dry, irritated and sensitive skin in seconds. This is a product you should always keep on hand, especially during allergy season, as it will help with the dry, chapped and irritated skin that can affect numerous areas on your face and body. This balm features a lotion-like texture that immediately goes to work speeding your skin’s recovery process without leaving any sticky or oily residue.
5. Stila Kajal Eyeliner
Swollen eyes got the best of you? In order to counteract some of the swelling, puffiness (see snail gels above) and redness, there is a little-known beauty secret that those in the know swear by. By simply lining the inner rims (waterline) of your eyes with a nude or flesh-toned eyeliner, you can create a wide-eyed illusion that makes your eyes look larger and more awake. A great choice is Stila’s Kajal Eyeliner. This ultra-pigmented kohl eyeliner took three years to develop and is specifically formulated for use on the waterline to create that wide-eyed look. Not only does it glide on easily, but a proprietary combination of pigments and waxes leads to long-lasting and comfortable wear. Once allergy season wears off, this trick can be applied during your daily makeup routine as well.
6. Paula’s Choice Redness Relief
Another option to combat the redness is a redness relief serum. Paula’s Choice Redness Relief Healing Serum is a concentrated anti-aging serum that immediately soothes sensitive skin and calms redness with gentle but potent antioxidant plant extracts, skin-replenishing ingredients and a combination of hydrating and skin calming essentials. By simply smoothing a few drops over your face and neck twice a day, you will soothe your irritated skin leaving it soft, calmed and hydrated. A great tip is to start using this serum a few weeks before your allergies tend to strike.
7. Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster
Dermalogica’s Barrier Defense Booster will soothe and moisturize your skin, leaving it healthier looking and more nourished. This facial oil is great daily oil that will alleviate dryness, minimize eczema, itchy skin and hypersensitivity. Alternative uses include combining it with your favorite daily moisturizer for barrier integrity to increase moisture and to prevent against furture irritation(s).