Sitting Pretty: Hayfever

As a hayfever sufferer, and pollen levels at a high at the moment, i've been trying to keep myself as normal as possible. Here are some of the things i've been doing:

Start right
The obvious one would be to start your day with an antihistamine, I keep a pack of one a day tablets in my make up bag. I really notice the difference if I forget.

Create a barrier
A nasal spray or some vaseline in your nostrils will prevent pollen sticking inside your nose. I also think it helps if they feel dry and itchy, I find the Beconase nasal spray really refreshing, like a little shower for your nose -TMI?

Timing is everything
Perhaps easier said than done this one, but pollen is at its highest between 8-10am and 5-7pm (rush hour yeah that's just great). So if you can, try and keep inside between these times to minimise suffering. If you're at home, keep your windows closed between these times!

Switch it up
Pollen is super sticky and sticks to all your clothes. When you do venture outside, upon returning home change straight away. Alternatively, if you're going somewhere, wear a light coat or jacket to cover your clothes while you're outside. You can take it off and put it to one side, any pollen will stick to that rather than hanging around on your clothes all day.

Clean up
Like your clothes, pollen will stick to your hair. Whilst I don't like to wash my hair everyday, if i've had a particularly bad day i'll give my hair a wash. So if you're a severe sufferer, or you've had an extra sneezey day, you might want to think about washing your hair before bed. That way you won't get pollen on your pillow too! Or, wear a hat!

Waterproof it
Streaming eyes = smeary/running mascara, so if your brave enough/lucky enough to be able to go without mascara by all means go without! Now and then I will, but really for me, that's a step far. So though an obvious one, using a waterproof mascara will minimise any black sliding down your face over the course of a day.

Go Nude
I like to avoid dark eyeliner to avoid panda eyes by the end of the day. I normally use liquid liner every day and felt weird not wearing it at first, but now I love it! I'm really enjoying minimal eye make up with a subtle nudey shimmery base, a lengthening mascara and a nude liner.
A pale natural eyeshadow with a subtle shimmer will brighten up your eyes and reduce the harshness off any redness (plus if you do rub your eyes you won't smudge anything dark around your face). Maxfactor Excess Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow in Copper makes a great base, I use the lightest pale shimmer on top from my Guerlain Les Bois de Rose eyeshadow quad, but anything you have will do. The nude eyeliner will again, camouflage any redness in your waterline and brighten your eyes. I use the Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Kohl Liner

And don't forget a pack of tissues in your bag

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