Whether it's spring, summer or fall, allergies are the worst. Puffy skin, red eyes and all that itching can make putting on makeup a nightmare. Rebekah George, beauty expert for Zyrtec, tells us her favorite products and what to look for to avoid what they've cleverly dubbed "allergy face."
My allergy nightmare involves lots of sneezing and consequently getting mascara remnants everywhere. My best friend's allergy nightmare? Trying daily to reduce redness. While you may not feel your best when suffering from seasonal allergies, there's no reason you can't still look your best. Rebecca gave us her top tips on avoiding "allergy face."
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Tip: Cleanse Gently
There's nothing I like more than using a rough exfoliator at the end of the day to slough off the elements, but if you're suffering from allergy symptoms this can make matters worse. "Instead look for cleansers designed for sensitive skin, fragrance free cleansers, tug-less formulas," says Rebekah. We love Aveeno's Positively Radiant Cleanser. But if you still feel like you're not getting a tough enough clean, try a cleansing tool like a Clarisonic brush or creams that contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids. "It's important to get everything off at night, because if you don't, that makeup is going to sit in your eyes overnight and you'll wake up with even more irritation."
Tip: It's All About the Eyes
Puffy allergy eyes are a dead giveaway that you're distracted and uncomfortable. And if you have glasses, this look is magnified. "To compensate look for a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Be sure to pat on the concealed with your index finger or brush," says Rebekah. Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector brightens and conceals with an easy flow-through brush.