You know those days when you have time to enjoy putting your make up on and everything seems to be going so well. Even your winged liner is perfect. Then you step outside, the wind blows, your eyes itch and water, and you look like you’ve been sobbing your heart out for half an hour. Yeah, that.
Hayfever is something that affects so many people these days. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Do you know which type you have?
There are around 30 types of pollen that could cause your hay fever. The pollen that causes hay fever can come from a number of sources, including:
Grass – in the UK, about 9 out of 10 (90%) of people with hay fever are allergic to Timothy and Rye grass pollen
Trees – about 1 in 4 (25%) of people with hay fever in the UK are allergic to pollen from trees, including oak, ash, cedar and birch (people with an allergy to birch often also experience an allergic reaction to apples, peaches, plums and cherries because these types of fruit contain a similar protein to birch pollen)
Weeds – such as dock, mugwort and nettles; being allergic to weeds is less common and tends to occur during the autumn
Different trees and plants produce their pollen at different times of the year. Depending on which type of pollen you’re allergic to, you may experience hay fever symptoms at different times.
Tree Pollen – late March to mid-May
Grass Pollen – mid-May to July
Weed Pollen – end of June to September
So, how can us beauty lovers fight the effects of hayfever?
1. Try not to itch your eyes.
It may seem a simple thing to say but we all touch our faces over 100 times a day introducing new bacteria. If your eyes are already sore, they’re not going to appreciate being prodded and poked.
2. Take an antihistamine every day
There are different types on tablets so speak to your doctor to make sure you’re on the most effective dose but make sure you take on every day to build up your immune system.
3. Waterproof your eyes
Try using a waterproof mascara and avoid excessive eyeshadow or liner. The less that can go wrong, the better! Also, set your under eye with powder so of your eyes do run, hopefully there won’t be an avalanche of foundation going with it!
4. Cooling Eye Masks
Before bed try using a cooling eye mask to reduce puffy eyes caused from your hayfever. Origins do a great one called ‘No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes’.
5. Eat Local Honey
Try to source some local honey and have a teaspoon a day. Not only does it taste amazing, it’ll also help you in the hayfever department.
6. Remember, you’re not the only one
There are more than 10million people in England who suffer with hayfever so don’t worry if you smudge your make up or need to sniff. Chances are you’ll get sympathy rather than a funny look!
I hope this has helped my fellow hayfever sufferers. We’ll get through it together!