It’s that time of the year– your nose is runny, your eyes are itchy, and you can’t seem to stop sneezing. It’s allergy season, and the pollen count is through the roof.

This year has been particularly bad for me because the weather caused the flowers to bloom late this year. Usually by May, the April rains have washed most of the pollen away, and the worst is over. But in my area, winter stayed with us a little longer, and then spring never showed up, pushing us straight into summer heat.

Summer temps and humidity + flowering blossoms = CODE RED allergy season.

Luckily, I have some tricks that you can implement in your beauty routine that will not only reduce your allergies, but also help clear your skin.

Take a Shower In the Evening and Cleanse Your Face

When I have been out in the pollen all day long, it tends to cling to my skin, making nighttime the worst for my sneezing and itchy eyes. That’s why I try to take a shower right before bed to get as much of that pollen off my body as I can. I also make sure to cleanse my face with a gentle cleanser to remove my makeup and any
pollen that is close to my nose and mouth.

I love LimeLife by Alcone’s Dream Clean as a cleanser because it has a gentle foaming action without making my face feel dry and stripped. It also has Aloe Vera in it to work as a protective barrier against any pollen getting back on my face after I am finished cleansing.

Change your Pillowcases Every Few Days

I find that even after showering and cleansing my face before bed, my bed sheets, especially my pillowcases can still hold pollen, dust, and other irritants. So I invested in 6 satin pillowcases that I change out every other day, so I can always have a clean one while I wash the others. Not only will this reduce the amount of pollen around your face as you sleep, this also helps keep bacteria that breeds in pillowcases from rubbing all over your face at night, causing breakouts.

Drink More Water

I know, I know, this one seems like an easy one, but I forget sometimes how great I feel when I make the decision to include more water in my diet. I usually strive for about 100 oz. a day, but the latest rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Not only will the extra water help thin out the mucus in your nasal passages, but your skin will be much brighter and clearer. Plus allergy medicine tends to dehydrate your body, so it’s always helpful to keep the water intake high. You can usually catch me carrying my 25oz. pink Mira bottle, and I strive to drink four of them a day!

And that’s it!

Those three easy changes have really made a difference when I am sneezing, itching, and coughing. What do you do when you’re trying to reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms?

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