15 Make-Up Products For Hay Fever Sufferers, Because Yes, Full Glam Is An Option
Picture this: You're heading to the toilet multiple times to splash water on your burning face. You're rubbing your itchy eyes so much that you look like a panda in broad daylight. You're constantly blowing your nose (or sneezing) in the middle of a silent office. These are the scenarios often faced by hay fever sufferers. And if all that wasn't enough, allergies can turn any face into a red blotchy mess. Fortunately, there are a number of make-up products hay fever sufferers can use to get through the day.
According to Allergy UK, 18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever. With climate change making things worse, the future is looking a little bleak for those prone to allergies, with women in particular heavily affected when the summer season comes around, especially when it comes to their self-esteem. A 2017 survey by Benadryl also revealed that 40 percent of women with allergies feel unattractive, with one in five saying they would even go so far as to cancel a first date.
While women should feel reassured that allergies do not, in fact, make them unattractive, with a few changes to your beauty routine, you can actually leave the house feeling bright-eyed and free from redness. To do this, you're going to want to look for hypoallergenic products, or at least products that have been designed for sensitive skin. This will avoid further irritating your already dry and itchy face. When it comes to make-up, products that have longer lasting power, as well as waterproof qualities, are your best bet to prevent any streaks or black lines appearing where you don't want them.
Here are a few products to get you started.
1Burt's Bees Deep Cleansing Cream
This product doubles up as a cleanser and face wash. Containing the likes of chamomile, aloe vera, and echinacea, it is 100 percent natural, so it will soothe and cleanse without causing redness.
2La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid
3Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturiser
4Simple Micellar Face Wipes
5Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
6L'Oreal Infallible Foundation
7Urban Decay Colour Correcting Fluid
To counteract redness, you’re going to want to look for a green colour-correcting product. Urban Decay’s lightweight concealer can be used on any particularly red patches, or mixed with primer and blended all over the face if you’re particularly suffering.
8Clinique Redness Solutions Pressed Powder
The last thing you want is for all that hard work to come off before the end of the day. Set your make-up with this colour-correcting powder that works to remove any last trace of redness. You can also use it alone if you’re seeking a more lightweight look.
9BeautyPro Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask
This 20-minute treatment contains green tea, which will help to alleviate any swollen and puffy eyes. The collagen assists with brightening any shadows, giving you a much more awake look.
10Pixi Eye Primer
11La Roche-Posay Respectissime Mascara
If you have hay fever, your eyes will be itchy. Fact. La Roche-Posay’s gentle formula will lengthen lashes without further irritating your eyes.
12Maybelline Rocket Waterproof Mascara
13Daniel Sandler Waterproof Eyeliner
14Autograph Matte Lipstick
Applying a bold lipstick cam not only make you feel more confident, but it can also distract from any redness. Marks & Spencer’s Autograph range actually has a set of hypoallergenic lipsticks in shades from nude to red that’ll keep your lips moisturised and popping for hours.
15HayMax Allergen Barrier Balm
If you're able to spend a teeny bit more, try HayMax’s pollen-blocking balm. It works in a similar way to Vaseline, trapping allergens before they enter your body. In addition to putting it on the rim of your nostrils, try a little near the eyes too.
Sometimes, you can't help but let your allergies get the best of you. But when it comes to affecting your self-esteem, that's a step too far. Use these tips to give yourself the confidence to take on each day in just the way you want.