How to Survive Allergy Season

 *I did a similar post back in 2015 but it was time for an update! However, I still stand by all those tips and will mention some in this post as well.

The start of a new season is always my favorite time of the year. Even though Fall is my favorite and I worship the autumn, I love any new season, the start of Spring & Summer included. However, with those new seasons comes my least favorite thing in the world: allergies.

I have had seasonal, pollen allergies since I was a little girl. When I was a child, it was only itchy and watery eyes that bothered me but somewhere in my late teenage years, sneezing, coughing, and headaches became an issue too. I was fully cursed with seasonal allergies on all ends.

Over the past few years, allergy seasons have come and gone, some worse than others and I've found a few ways to deal with it. Anything that helps make allergy season more bearable is good on my part.



Medicine

This is an obvious choice as it's the most effective for a really bad allergy day. I've gone through cycles of every allergy medicine on the market but right now, Allegra (or any generic version of it) works best for me. 

I try not to take medicine unless my allergies are unbearable or when I know I'll be outside all day (like apple picking). Signs that I need to take medicine usually hit me square in the face as soon as I wake up; I can't breathe, my eyes are watering like a fountain and my nose is stuffed/I'm sneezing nonstop. 

While the medicine doesn't help physical symptoms, like a puffy face, as much, it does wonders to make me feel better.

Cooling Eye Gels

I've always had trouble with my eyes and allergy season is the biggest culprit. The one thing I've found helps is cooling eye gels. I'm not talking about under-eye masks (we'll get to those) but actual eye gels that lay on top of your eyes to depuff and cool any redness. They help my swollen, itchy eyes feel so much better. There's truly nothing like a cold eye mask on a crisp fall morning. The ones I use were point perks from Sephora (no longer available) but below are others!

Rose Quartz or Jade Rollers

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, my entire face will hurt. It's like the pollen has seeped into my brain and the only thing that makes me feel semi alive is a cold rose quartz roller. I keep this one from Skin Gym in my skincare mini fridge and use it every morning, but especially on days when allergies are particularly bad, this helps immensely. 

Depuffing Eye Products

I am an avid lover of anything eye-related, especially during allergy season. I always make sure I have under-eye patches stocked in my mini-fridge along with my favorite eye creams and balms. Anything that is advertised as 'depuffing' or 'cooling' is right up my alley. Right now, I' love the combination of the Tula Glow & Get It Balm and the Belif Moisturizing Eye Balm in the early morning. Below are a few other products I swear by: 

Other tips: 

  • Always have tissues on hand; I keep my closet stocked with boxes and travel pouches 
  • Keep extra allergy pills with you when you travel/leave the house
  • Download a pollen tracker app to your phone and keep an eye on the count daily. 
    • If the count is very high, try to stay indoors
  • Use a humidifier -- my favorite is this portable facial one from Hey Dewy

What are your favorite ways to help stay afloat during allergy season?
xoxo
B