Spring can be a beautiful time of year: the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and, unfortunately for allergy sufferers, the flowers are blooming. Pollen or even other allergens in the air can make enjoying the turning of the season difficult due to coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and even irritated skin. This can make skin red, flaky, and generally irritated. Here are some easy ways to care for irritated skin in the spring months.
Spring allergies can make the skin on peoples’ faces red and puffy, especially around the eyes and nose. Puffy eyes are often caused by issues with peoples’ capillaries due to spring allergies. These can prevent you from looking your best, and even cause physical discomfort. Luckily, there are some simple ways to bring your eyes back to normal. The first of these is too cool them down, closing your eyes and placing a cold object, such as a spoon or cucumber slice, on them for a few minutes. Warming up some green, black, or chamomile tea bags and placing them on your closed eyes for about 15 minutes can help as well. These will help to sooth the skin surrounding the eyes.
A runny nose and constant wiping can irritate the skin around your nose. Be careful to use soft tissues and to wipe your nose gently to keep it from turning an angry red. Hydrating the area around your nose with some sort of lotion or argon oil can help to ease this as well.
In general, a way to reduce skin irritation is to frequently wash one’s face. This habit will tighten up the top layer of the skin, preventing pollen or other allergens from getting beneath it and irritating it even more. Washing your face is also a great way to remove allergens on the surface of the skin.
The constant scratching due to itchy skin can irritate your skin in areas besides just your face. Be careful about scratching excessively, because this will only increase irritation and make it redder. An easy fix is to take a nice bath in warm water mixed with baking soda or oatmeal. This can have a notable effect within a few minutes of beginning to soak. For those allergy sufferers that are truly struggling with skin caused by spring allergies, try to eat more ginger throughout the day. Ginger is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. This means it may be able to decrease the severity of allergies, and return skin to its natural state. Lotions can be a good way to tackle this issue too, just make sure it’s free of fragrances and preservatives than make skin even more irritated.