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How to Get Through Allergy Season

Young woman with tissue - sneezing. Allergy or cold.

Allergy sufferers often have the toughest time in the early autumn. The most common irritants to the allergy-prone are ragweed and mold, which linger as long as the temperatures remain somewhat warm. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergic rhinitis (commonly called “hay fever”) is caused by the immune system’s “overreacting” to something in the environment.

Common symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, fatigue, and an itchy sensation in the eyes, nose, mouth and skin. Though most of these symptoms abate as the weather turns cold, the short-term effect can be exhausting on the body. If you are susceptible to hay fever, you also know how it can affect your appearance.

Constantly rubbing your itchy, watery eyes can contribute to dark eye circles, to say nothing of the lack of sleep that often accompanies severe allergies. Sneezing and blowing your nose incessantly often results in dry, red skin around your nose. Many people successfully treat allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Some people prefer homeopathic remedies, such as flushing out the nasal passages with warm salt water by using a Neti Pot. For some people, prescription medications are the only source of relief.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to use a gentle moisturizer on your face to combat the detrimental effects of allergies on your skin. Try a hydrating mask to give your skin a little extra love, and avoid products with fragrance, which may only make your symptoms worse.

Board certified allergist Ellen Sher M.D. recommends allergy-tested cosmetics like Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème, Concealing Crème and Smart Cover Stick to “cover the allergic shiners under the eyes and redness on the nose from all the sniffling and rubbing.”

There are only a few more weeks until the first real frost chases allergens away, so hang in there. Smart Cover’s got you!