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Spring Allergies And Your SKin

April 13, 2020

It’s officially Spring! Spring brings us an abundance of radiant flowers, golden sunshine (depending on where you live), singing birds, colorful butterflies, fluffy bunnies, and blooming oak trees. But the beginning of Spring also means something else…It’s officially Allergy Season! 

Each day you walk outside the door, you can see it—a fine yellow powder collected on your car, your rocking-chair porch, the sidewalk, your eyelashes—even your pooch. Make no mistake—the pollen has arrived and it’s ready to do some damage.

Allergies affect us all in different ways—sneezing, stuffy nose, skin rashes, irritation—and of course, puffy faces and itchy red eyes. When your allergies kick in, histamines are released and inflammation increases in your body. The blood vessels in your eyes dilate and, voila!—red, teary, strained, itchy peepers. And what happens when your eyes are constantly burning and irritated? You rub them. You scratch them. You want to rip them out! But all that fuss causes the skin around your eyes to become irritated and sensitive, causing even more discomfort and swelling which results in—allergy face!

We’ve all experienced allergy face. Puffy, swollen, and red eyelids and cheeks, blush noses—you end up looking like a miserable, rose hued version of Frankenstein.  Needless to say, this is definitely not your best look. 

So, here’s a quick checklist of things you can do to prevent that embarrassing over-puffed and blotchy under-eye and facial complexion.

  • Wear sunglasses outdoors. They'll block some of the pollen and other outdoor allergens from getting into your eyes.
  • Rinse your eyes with preservative-free saline water or apply a cold, wet washcloth. 
  • Use lubricating eye drops to moisten dry eyes and wash out allergens.
  • Take out your contact lenses when they aren’t necessary.
  • Don’t rub your eyes, no matter how much they itch. It will only make the irritation worse.
  • Use an all-natural ingredient eye cream and facial moisturizer to soothe the irritation and puffiness around your eyes and face.

Beating seasonal allergies is completely doable when you have the right products and system in place. That’s why aside from eye drops and medications, a natural, healthy, holistic eye cream and moisturizer designed to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms that come with seasonal allergies is essential to combating dreaded allergy face.

For instance, Theoderma’s Peptide Plumping Eye Creme is boosted with Vitamin C, Olive Squalane and Cucumber Extract to create a hydrated, uplifted, brighter, and smoother appearance. And when used in combination with Theoderma’s Calendula Calming Crème you’ll always look refreshed, vibrant, and allergy free. 

So go ahead and step outside and inhale the fresh(ish) air. Sneeze, get inflamed, get itchy—but don’t worry about it! You’ll feel better knowing your face and eyes have the necessary tools to make you look like a human again, even if you don’t feel like one. 

Savy Guthrie has been a PA working in dermatology for 17 years and has worked in medicine for 20 years overall.  She has treated tens of thousands of patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful skin. 

Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.

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