Skin Care

Allergies how to soothe your skin when spring arrives

Spring is not just about sunshine, picnics, and flowers. With the return of fine weather, trees, and flowers burst into bloom and pollen fills the air. Spring is unfortunately also synonymous with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and itchy skin. If you have sensitive skin that easily gets red and irritated, spring time can often make it worse.

1. Skin more sensitive during spring

Simply put, it means your skin is reacting to something it can't tolerate. And pollen is a well-known culprit. When a pollen allergy occurs, the immune system sends defensive agents to the skin's surface. The skin becomes hypersensitive, and itchy patches of eczema can appear. It's an inflammatory reaction, caused by histamine, a natural substance released by the body during times of stress and allergy.

2. Soothe your skin with the right skincare products

Using your fingertips, apply a gentle cleansing oil to your face. It will hydrate the skin and restore its lipid barrier. Then generously mist your face with a thermal or floral water. They are soothing, softening, and calming. Follow with moisturising and nourishing treatments. Opt for active ingredients that moisturise (hyaluronic acid), soothe (glycerin), nourish (fruit oils or flowers) and repair (sucralfate). For example, the Revitalift Moisturizing Day Cream SPF 35 PA++ by L’Oréal Paris not only shields your skin from the sunrays but also nourishes your skin and boots radiance and youthfulness.

Apply a serum, followed by your chosen cream. If you're a fan of natural products, then aloe vera is a worthy option. It's fresh, regenerating, soothing, moisturising and cleansing. Body wise, there are certain precautions you can take, regardless of any cosmetic treatments you may wish to use. Avoid languishing under the shower, as hard water does fragile skin no favours. After showering, pat rather than rub your skin dry. Then apply a moisturising lotion or repairing balm. You can also dab some cold cream onto highly irritated areas. Your skin will be left silky and soothed.

3. Use medicines if your allergies get worse

Antihistamines are an effective way to soothe allergic skin. They reduce the body's reaction to pollen. As a result, rashes disappear and the skin is less itchy and inflamed. People who have very strong allergic reactions may be prescribed a corticosteroid. They prevent inflammatory reactions. Used sparingly, they can be applied to the worst affected zones.

Sensitive skin gets easily triggered and all the pollen in the air during spring is one of its worst enemies. Take special care during the spring months to protect your sensitive skin from getting aggravated. Avoid over exposure to the sun and use the tips mentioned above to enjoy springtime without damaging your skin.