It's allergy season, which means you might not be feeling your best. And that can also mean not looking your best. Allure fills us in on how allergies can affect your beauty concerns.
If you're always running out of undereye concealer and battling dry skin year-round, lack of sleep and bad beauty habits may not be the culprit. I spoke with cosmetic allergist Julie Kuriakose, who told me that many of the common beauty concerns that women visit their dermatologists for can often be linked to untreated allergies. Here, are her tips for managing them.
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Dark circles: "Airborne allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mold, and dander can trigger an allergic reaction and cause a pooling of blood under the skin of the eyes, which manifests as dark circles. Sleep with an extra pillow to elevate your head, and avoid significant sun exposure, which will accentuate the circles."
Sunscreen irritation: "Some sunscreens contain parabens, which many people are allergic to. If you develop a rash or just feel a burning sensation after applying sunscreen, choose a PABA-free one. I like Neutrogena Sensitive Skin ($10)."
Dry skin: "If your skin is always dry, even in the warmer months, then you may have a mild form of eczema. Use hypoallergenic lotions and washes, keep the temperature of your showers lukewarm, and wash your sheets weekly in hot water to avoid skin and dust buildup."
Red blotches: "You likely have an allergy if you're prone to raised, itchy bumps, which can be triggered by sun exposure, sweat, food allergens, and even stress. Apply a cold compress to the area, avoid hot showers, and see an allergist to determine the right antihistamine."
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