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Spring Blooms and Allergy Blues

Spring Blooms and Allergy Blues

Spring is a time of renewal, not only in nature but also for your skin. As we emerge from our winter cocoons, many of us are tempted to turn right back indoors, thanks to the sinus congestion, itchiness and general discomfort that often accompany the beautiful spring blooms.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, nearly 8 percent of American adults suffer from hay fever as a result of seasonal airborne allergens like pollen, dust and mold. As if that isn’t enough to make you miserable, spring allergies can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to redness, irritation and dark circles that can leave you feeling less than beautiful. These invisible allergens cause inflammation, irritation and more, due to the release of histamine, a neurotransmitter that dilates blood vessels in response to allergens. Translation? Even more puffiness and itching.

Allergies aren't pretty, but that doesn't mean your skin can't be. Put pollen in its place and save face this allergy season with these tips for soothing irritated skin.

Soothe itchiness and inflammation
Inhaling pollen can trigger reactions like sinus congestion and itchy eyes. Pollen on your skin can also cause a reaction. When redness and irritation come calling, Luzern Serum Absolut Recovery works quickly to soothe skin, tone down inflammation and provide immediate relief by decreasing the skin’s sensitivity to trigger irritants. This calming complex also strengthens fragile capillaries to ease redness and improve the skin’s appearance.  

Diminish dark circles and puffy eyes
Seasonal allergies can cause nasal and sinus congestion, leading to congestion and dark circles. These “allergic shiners” are often accompanied by redness and puffiness that are made worse by rubbing itchy, watery eyes. While a visit to the doctor should be your first line of defense, you can also take steps to diminish visible signs of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Be sure that you’re drinking enough water, as fluid retention can also be the result of dehydration. And Luzern’s Luminous Eye Serum can help diminish puffiness and brighten dark circles for a refreshed and well-rested look.

Keep it clean
While seasonal allergies don’t cause blemishes, constantly touching your face due to itching can further irritate and inflame your skin. Avoid touching, and wash your face every night to remove dirt, pollen and other irritants from your skin. The best way to break out of blemishes is with a skincare regimen that emphasizes clean skin and clean products.

Healthy skin tip: If your skin is already on high alert and feeling sensitive, it’s smart to stick to products that don’t contain harsh ingredients or further disrupt the skin’s delicate balance. Avoid products with artificial fragrances, parabens and other chemicals that can irritate your skin even further.

By Noelle Graf