Use these tips to feel your best and brightest this Spring season — even if you deal with allergies
The first day that it really feels like Spring is one of the best days of the year. We can finally celebrate that Winter is over and there will be lots of sunny days and iced coffee in our immediate future . . . that is, unless we have to deal with Spring allergies.
Those of us who deal with congestion as soon as the weather gets warmer have a harder time celebrating this time of year because of how our allergies make us look and feel. While taking an allergy medication like Flonase (unlike most allergy pills, Flonase actually relieves nasal congestion;1 it contains the No. 1 prescribed allergy medicine2) is a great first step — there are a few other ways to look and feel your best once the flowers start blooming.
It makes sense to want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun when Spring arrives, but if you start to feel a little dehydrated, it may show up on your skin, too.
“Drinking plenty of water can improve your skin’s appearance,” says Charlotte Isaacs, makeup artist and head of makeup at The London School of Make-Up. Not only will proper hydration help to keep your complexion look smoother, it will also help with dry skin.
Moral of the story: if you want to look as fresh as a daisy, stay hydrated throughout the day.
Cool Skin With Aloe Vera Gel
If your Spring allergies are making your complexion feel red and blotchy, Isaacs recommended investing in a high-quality aloe vera gel.
“Aloe vera gel is a great way to prevent rosy-looking skin” Isaacs says, explaining that the cooling effect from the gel can help soothe and soften your complexion.
Getting a steam treatment at a spa — or even just letting your bathroom shower run to produce steam at home — may help with headaches caused by congestion. Isaacs recommended adding menthol crystals or even a teaspoon of vapour rub to add some extra headache help.
Not only can the steam help with congestion, it helps to open up your pores, which will leave your complexion looking refreshed and rejuvenated, Isaacs says.
Reduce Itching With Baking Soda
One way to help alleviate the “itchy feeling” you may experience due to Spring allergies? Take a bath with baking soda. Isaacs recommends pouring a cup of bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, into a hot bath and soaking for 30 minutes to find some relief.
Plus, if you’re prone to dry skin, this method will work double duty. “This beauty technique is also good for softening skin,” Isaacs adds.
Schedule a Sunday Pamper Session
Make Sunday a self-care day to reset your mind and body!
“Prepare your skin for the week ahead by giving it plenty of TLC on a Sunday,” Isaacs suggests. “Use this free time to apply a deep-cleansing face mask to rid your skin of pollutants that so easily enter your pores in the spring. Then, buff away with a muslin cloth.”
Once you use Flonase to treat your allergy symptoms from the inside and these beauty tips to keep you looking fresh on the outside, and you’ll truly be able to enjoy all the goodness Spring has to offer!
1vs single-ingredient antihistamines which do not treat nasal congestion
2Based on IMS Health Monthly TRx Allergy Market for 12-month period ending 2/28/18.