Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MY BEAUTY FAVES :: Relief for Allergy Eyes

This time every year allergies take a toll on me.  Luckily, the symptom-free days are getting closer because May is drawing to a close and I usually feel better in June.  I wanted to share with you my bag of tricks to bring some relief to the eye symptoms that go hand in hand with environmental allergies.  I'm talking about the red, irritated eyes and those wonderful darker lines under the eyes.  I find that the allergy eye drops, prescription or not, do not work long term for me.  They tend to make my eyes very dry which just worsens my symptoms.  The following have been my go-to remedies this spring to combat allergy eye symptoms and relieve sinus pressure.  On the side, I have relied heavily on anti-allergy medication too.

1.  Eye mask:  This leather travel eye mask from Free People has been quite a discovery this season.  I got it in my Spring Fab Fit Fun box and was skeptical at first.  I must say, it really helps.  It has a removable non-toxic cooling gel insert for those days when your eyes are really swollen.  The cooling action is very soothing and relaxing. I highly recommend!

2.  The darker lines under my eyes are a consequence of the congestion in the sinuses which affects the blood flow underneath your eyes.  I try to alleviate this using an eye serum that contains caffeine to improve circulation and plump up the skin in the delicate eye area.  This caffeine eye serum from The Ordinary has been a game changer.  I apply it before my eye cream every morning.  It contains antioxidants from green tea and caffeine to reduce puffiness and help lessen the discoloring under the eyes.

3.  Lets talk about the jade roller that is so popular this season.  I was skeptical at first but have been so surprised by its soothing effect.  I usually put mine in the freezer during dinner and use it right after.  Its naturally cool and you can use it to massage the sinus area.  When you have that sinus pressure, it feels calming, specially if the roller is very cold.  The massage is also meant to improve circulation which can only help with the under eye dark circles too.
4.  In order to keep the redness and swelling at bay I depend on chamomile heavily.  I usually wipe my eyes with a cotton ball dipped in chamomile tea and sometimes even lay the chamomile bags over my eyes.  Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory so it really helps alleviate symptoms.  Before you wash your eyes with chamomile, just use some simple saline solution to wipe off any allergens trapped in your lower eyelid.

So here you are!  Do you have any tips to combat allergy eyes?  Let me know in the comments below.

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