Los Angeles's lush and sunny climate has its benefits-less seasonal affective disorder, more perennially glowing tan-but it also means my allergies never quit. I'm as congested and bleary- eyed in a downtown bar as I would be in a hayfield; I've actually Googled whether it's possible to be allergic to palm trees. (It totally is.) Thus, my makeup requirements verge on the impossible: my unicorn formula is gentle enough for my already super sensitive skin and eyes, but powerful enough to stick around if I do end up having an allergic reaction. Perhaps it's a humble ask, but I just want to be able to make my #superbloom pilgrimage, and document it without my face melting off.
Luckily for all of us, my extensive research has led to a foolproof checklist of products and practices for long-lasting, non-irritating looks, even in the midst of superbloom blues. The secret? Working from the inside out. When consulting the experts, the advice I received, again and again, was to focus on my routine and prep to keep my skin and immune system healthy, in addition to ditching my harsher or heavier makeup for lighter, more botanical options. Keep scrolling for the lowdown on surviving allergy season without sacrificing your beauty routine.Physician's Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 $16Shop
In the past, I've often swapped out my eye makeup during allergy season, but I'd taken for granted that my primer and foundation would continue to work as predicted. Turns out, I was wrong. вЂњFor those with seasonal allergies, when the pollens attack, not only may the eyes, nose, and lower airway be affected, the skin may suffer as well,вЂќ explains Dr. LanAnh Do, a member of the Physicians Formula Physicians Coalition who specializes in the treatment of asthma, allergies and immune disorders. вЂњThe skin can become more dry, red, itchy, flaky, or puffy.вЂќ Do adds, вЂњAllergy sufferers make the mistake of believing that their now impaired and inflamed skin during the allergy season will tolerate the same skincare or makeup routines that they normally tolerate during other seasons.вЂќ This makes sense; the skin, after all, is the largest organ of the body, and is as susceptible to allergic reactions as anywhere else. вЂњWhen it comes to makeup, use minimal makeup if possible,вЂќ instructs Do. вЂњSelect hypoallergenic makeup from a trusted brand.вЂќDermalogica Sensitive Shield Sunscreen SPF 30 $54Shop
вЂњProtect the skin from the damaging pollens and pollutants,вЂќ counsels Do. вЂњA healthy skin barrier will be less reactive to your makeup. Along with protecting the skin barrier by drinking plenty of water and topically moisturizing the skin frequently, protect the skin from sun damage with sunscreen.вЂќ My personal fave? Dermalogica's mineral-based sunscreen, which is specifically designed for skin that gets irritated by traditional formulas.Paavani Ayurveda The Nasal Care Ritual $40Shop
Clearing out your sinuses can have a major impact on your allergies for the rest of the day. Translation? Fewer runny noses, smeared foundation, and sneeze attacks. вЂњWhen one is experiencing allergies, common symptoms include congestion, swelling, lethargy, a foggy mind and watery eyes,вЂќ explains Trudy Collings, Co-Founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda, adding, вЂњThe rituals of neti & nasya can help reduce these symptoms because they help expel excess mucous, reduce water retention and helps restore focus and clarity to the mind. Neti and Nasya also bring fresh prana, or life force energy, in while expelling harmful pollution, toxins and irritants out of the body, leaving you feeling refreshed, clear and balanced.вЂќDr. Jart Cicapair Cream $48Shop
In the midst of spring blooms, keeping your ingredients clean is key. вЂњDuring this time, your now compromised skin may not tolerate the same ingredients in topical products that it would in other seasons,вЂќ explains Do. вЂњAvoid products with fragrances and preservatives that tend to be allergenic, such as the isothiazolinones (methylisothiazolinone, methychloroisothiazolinone), formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers, and paraben.вЂќ The botanicals in Dr. Jart's Cicapair line are mega moisturizing and combat red, inflamed skin to boot, making the products a personal must-have.Paavani Ayurveda Triphala Digestive Tonic $30Shop
It's no secret that the Byrdie team are major fans of Ayurvedic medicine, but I was shocked by how effective an ancient Ayurvedic superfruit was in curing my very contemporary smog-and- pollen problem. The soothing substance in question? Triphala. вЂњTake Triphala daily to support the body's ability to gently cleanse itself and eliminate unwanted toxic build up, also known in Ayurveda as ama." Collings also advises, вЂњAvoid caffeine, alcohol, dairy and processed foods. Think local, organic, seasonal fresh foods for a healthy and balanced system.вЂќMario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap $12Shop
Want to make sure your entire routine is allergy-sensitive? Do recommends skipping peels and exfoliants, even when you're indoors and away from the threat of a pollen attack: вЂњBe cautious of irritating ingredients such as harsh exfoliants and acids such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid.вЂќ Instead, opt for gentle ingredients that won't strip away your skin's natural oils or lead to over- drying.CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Moisturizing Cream $14Shop
Treating sensitive skin doesn't have to break the bank. Do recommends this drug store cult favorite based on its super-soothing ingredients list: вЂњLook for Moisturizing creams containing such ingredients such as hyaluronic acids, ceramides, lipids, and glycerin.вЂќ To make the most of your moisturizing, Do recommends applying after washing your face or showering. She counsels, "Apply the moisturizer to slightly damp skin to seal in the moisture."Inika Organic Bold Lash Mascara $35Shop
My allergies mostly affect my eyes - one whiff of L.A. flora turns me into a teary, bleary mess. My holy grail? The one-two punch of botanical eye drops and super-sensitive organic, vegan mascara. вЂњIf you suffer from itchy, watery, puffy eyes or runny nose, treat those symptoms so they will not aggravate the skin surrounding the area,вЂќ advises Do. вЂњThat may include use of oral antihistamine, eyedrops or intranasal sprays. See an Allergist or Dermatologist if your allergy is not controlled as prescription of an oral or topical medication may be necessary.вЂќ
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