(No so) happy pollen season!
If you're an allergy sufferer like me, you likely have issues with a puffy face, watery eyes, and other symptoms of "allergy face", right?
You don't have to go out with a paper bag over your head to hide it, though, with these 6 ways to get rid of Allergy Face.
1. Use water-proof make up.
I know that when I have watery eyes, mascara was always a major don't, unless I wanted to look like a raccoon, of course.
Luckily, these days there are many water-proof makeups out there so we don't have to make a beauty don't!
2. Use ice or frozen gel packs on swollen areas.
As much as it pains me to admit, I have woken up with eyes so puffy that I could barely see!
I certainly didn't want to go out looking like that.
I found out that ice, gel packs, or even a bag of frozen peas set on the eye or other swollen areas can help puffiness disappear in around 15 minutes.
Just make sure you wrap the frozen items in a towel before using so it's not too cold.
3. Stay hydrated. Puffiness is often due to water retention, while watery eyes can make you a bit dehydrated.
So, make sure you're drinking plenty of water, especially during allergy season.
4. Be mindful of things that can make your symptoms worse.
Spicy foods, gluten, dairy, and more can all be inflammatory foods that can make our allergy symptoms even worse.
Cleansers, creams, etc. can also cause extra irritation.
Take a survey of any items you may be eating or using that could be making your allergy symptoms even worse than they need to be.
5. Take time to relax. Constantly sneezing, coughing, having problems seeing, and other allergy symptoms can stress even the calmest person out.
Take the time to relax by having some you time, taking a warm bath, meditating, or whatever helps you to relax.
You just might see your symptoms ease up a bit!
6. Try an antihistamine or see an allergist.
Always check with your doctor before starting a new medication or supplement, even if it's something that you can purchase over the counter.
They can also usually recommend an antihistamine that will likely work better for your specific symptoms.
In a society that tends to be quick to prescribe pills instead of exploring other options first, you may be hesitant to want to use an antihistamine.
However, you don't have to suffer needlessly if an antihistamine can help. It may take trying a few different ones to see what works best for your symptoms but luckily there are many options available these days.
You may also want to see an allergist if your allergy issues are regularly negatively impacting your life.
They can help you figure out what exactly you're allergic to and the best ways help find relief.