(BlackDoctor.org) — Sniff, sniff. That’s an all-too-familiar sound during allergy season, when thousands of allergy sufferers are reaching for tissues and rummaging through makeup bags to find the right cover-up for raw noses or itchy, watery eyes.
If this description hits close to home, you’re not alone. Approximately 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, or nasal allergies. And women spend thousands of dollars on beauty products to hide blemishes that are aggravated by their allergies.
It’s also challenging to try to look your best. Irritating allergy symptoms can affect the skin around the eyes and nose. Constantly blowing the nose and wiping eyes can lead to sore, chapped or dehydrated skin. Other allergies such as eczema can also flare up when hay fever starts.
Allergies and Dry Skin
If you are prone to having dry skin, allergies can exacerbate the problem. So it’s important to remember that a good daily moisturizer will help to keep your skin hydrated, especially in problem areas around the eyes, nose, and lips.
Stick to hypoallergenic moisturizers that have no fragrance and no color because you could be allergic to the scents and dyes.
Before you take a shower, use a moisture mask on your face. You can even use plain yogurt. Let the steam open up your pores to absorb the hydration, wash it off five minutes later and you’ll look like a brand new person.