I look forward to the pastels, the warm breeze and taking a big whiff of the crisp California air. But when I do, that nostalgic moment is usually replaced with back to back sneezes, a stuffy nose and red, itchy eyes.
I have a love hate relationship with spring and it dates back to my childhood. On one hand, it's so beautiful and lets you know that summer is just around the corner. On the other hand I can't fully enjoy it because of my allergies. And if you're wearing lash extensions and suffer from allergies, I want to prepare you for what's to come in hopes that it helps you to enjoy spring rather than suffer.
As you may know, our eyelashes by design are there to protect our eyes. They catch dust, pollen debris, etc, to protect our eyes from being scratched or hurt. When you have eyelash extensions, you catch a lot more of the pollen floating around in the air and that can trigger your allergies even more.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your lashes beautiful and feel a little more comfortable during the allergy season:
- Wash your lashes regularly. You should be washing your eyes/lashes at least once a day however when it's allergy season, you may want to kick that up to twice a day or more to keep your lashes free of pollen and dust.
- Take stinging nettle tea or capsules. My Peruvian friend who lives in Costa Rica told me about this and it worked like a charm to relieve me of the sneezing and stuffy nose. I take the capsules daily and drink the tea here and there. The key with taking stinging nettles is to be consistent so it builds up in your system.
- Eat lots of cooked veggies. It's been said that eating more veggies during allergy season helps to boost your immune system and helps your body to fight allergies. Not fruit, but veggies.
- Green tea & cayenne pepper can help to reduce nasal congestion and stuffiness.
- Chill out. Stress can actually make your allergies worse. So chill out and take care of yourself mentally. Your nose and body will thank you for it.
Pollen.com is a great resource for finding out your pollen count in the area. By knowing that, at the least, it will help you to prepare a little better for what's to come in your area. I hope these tips help you during the allergy season.