Summer is here, which for me & millions of others, means tissues & antihistamines ahoy.
I've had hayfever since I was around seven years old and I've had a runny nose & itchy eyes every summer since. As I've got older, it's only gotten worse - including asthma, itchy throat and general breathing through my mouth. Mm. I'm waiting for that miracle year when I don't get it at all... *sigh* a girl can dream.
Anyway, this year I made it my mission to at least try and find some skincare that could possibly aid & soothe my sore, sensitive skin. Anyone who has hayfever will know that we now spend 99.9% of our time with a tissue to our face and that can quickly result in a Rudolph nose and chapped lips. Think an irritating, long lasting Summer cold and you're not far wrong! I know what you're thinking... Attractive. Am I right? Or, am I right?
Either way, here are some of my current heroes. Since my last 'skincare' round-up there have been a few new additions, but they've all come at just the right time and they're making this season just a little bit easier.
First up, Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution. I added this to my wishlist a few months ago and as Escentual had a third off French skincare brands (and still do, if you're quick!), I thought it was about time I picked it up. I've really been enjoying this as a quick way to get off my eye make-up. Hayfever sufferers will know what I mean - any tiny speck of mascara or eyeliner that just so happens to wander into my already sore eyes and I want it all off, ASAP. And this is perfect for that. It's also really, really gentle and leaves my eye area feeling soothed and clean!
For a more thorough cleanse, I've been enjoying the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. This is another fairly new addition, but one I'm already in love with. My skin was leaning more on the dry side and even more so with the excessive tissues I've had round my nose, and even though this is a gel it's super hydrating and comes out as more of a balm. It has a very strong rose/turkish delight scent, which I love, but may be a bit much for some. However, even with the scent, I find this to be extremely gentle and doesn't irritate my sore patches any more than they already are.
The ultimate in skin soothing - the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. As you can probably tell, I'm running low on this stuff, but I know I will definitely repurchase it. It hydrates like nothing else I own and gets rid of a dry, sore nose overnight. I use this once a week without fail, and my skin is definitely thanking me for it.
A product to put in the fridge is Liz Earle Soothing Eye Lotion. Yes, the fridge. You can thank me in the morning when you reach for a cotton pad and swipe this over your sore, itchy eyes and they're instantly perkier and soothed. This is heaven sent for hayfever sufferers as it's so, so gentle, yet really aids in cooling down inflammed & puffy eyes thanks to the aloe vera content. I love it!
Finally, Nuxe Reve de Miel. This is my second pot of the stuff, after a break from using it; I'm now kicking myself for not repurchasing it sooner. It's so gorgeously thick and soothing - it's a nose-blowers dream. It's really long lasting and incredibly hydrating - my lips have never felt better. Plus, if you've got an extremely dry hooter, you could even pop a little bit around there too. Gotta love a multi-tasking product.
General hayfever banishing tips :
♥ Keep windows & doors closed first thing in the morning and late at night - pollen is at its highest
♥ Change bedding & pillows often - pollen will linger here
♥ Have a shower before bed & wash hair when possible - to avoid the point above
♥ Kleenex are your friend. Do not, I repeat, do not go for the crunchy kitchen roll - you will regret it
♥ Fexodenadine is the only non-drowsy tablet I've found that works this season
♥ Getting irritable with non-hayfever sufferers may not always help