Hayfever can really put a strain on your summer. If you experience sensitive, itchy skin around your eyes and on your face during the warmer months, the right skincare could help.
Pollen and summer allergies
If you’re a hayfever or seasonal allergy sufferer, warmer weather often means itchy, uncomfortable skin, streaming eyes and a stuffy nose. While sitting in the park or walking in the countryside might sound great, the reality is that you’re often forced to stay inside when the weather’s at its best. It can really limit your enjoyment of the summer months.
Hayfever is caused by pollen, which is produced by plants and carried on the wind. It’s not really something you can avoid, although staying indoors on high pollen-count days, and washing your skin and hands when you come inside can help. In the UK, pollen levels are highest between late spring and early autumn, and there’s usually more pollen floating around on dry, bright days.
Sensitive skin and hayfever
For those with sensitive skin, the problem of hayfever and seasonal allergies is magnified. Sensitive skin is more vulnerable to irritation from external factors like allergens and toxins, and it’s more reactive to histamines – the substances your body produces in response to allergens, which can cause redness, itchiness and discomfort.
Because sensitive skin is less able to defend itself against external aggressors, it can be left feeling even more itchy, sore and uncomfortable. Repeatedly blowing your nose or wiping your eyes can add to the problem.
“Hay fever sufferers are also prone to eczema and sensitive skin, and can suffer from soreness and dryness around their eyes,” says dermatologist Sarah Wakelin. “Watery eyes and rubbing the eyelids makes things worse.”
Summer skincare for allergy-prone skin
You’ve probably explored a few options for tackling hayfever and allergy symptoms, but have you thought about how your skincare could help? Many people find that using the right kind of skincare can go a long way towards making the summer months more comfortable.
“In addition to treating hay fever symptoms (with antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops), it is important to look after the delicate skin of the eyelids and to avoid harsh cleansers and make up removers,” Sarah advises. “Choose a gentle fragrance-free skin care range with skin calming moisturisers.”
Toleriane Ultra – Skincare that soothes
For hayfever and allergy sufferers, we recommend Toleriane Ultra, which is the first skincare range to be given the ‘seal of approval’ from Allergy UK
It’s an ultra-gentle, actively soothing range of products with none of the “extras” like fragrance and preservatives that could potentially cause your skin to react. It even is clinically proven to reduce your skin’s sensitivity day after day, strengthening its barrier function so it’s better defended against external factors than can trigger a reaction.
It’s enriched with La Roche-Posay thermal water, which calms and soothes the skin, along with calming and hydrating ingredients like shea butter, glycerine and skin calming neurosensine.
The Toleriane Ultra range works in three ways:
• Instantly soothes and calms
• Actively reduces skin sensitivity
• Reduces the risk of reaction thanks to minimal ingredients list
Daily soothing skincare
A good moisturiser is a core part of any skincare routine. To provide daily hydration while tackling sensitivity and allergies, you need a product you can reach for every morning with confidence, no matter what your skin – or the pollen count – is doing.
Toleriane Ultra facial moisturiser is a daily skincare product that intensely hydrates and soothes skin, while actively reducing your skins sensitivity over time.
Caring for your eyes
Between streaming and itching, your eyes are hit hard by hay fever and allergies. And because the skin around your eye contour is already one of the most delicate parts of your body, it needs extra care when it’s under stress from environmental triggers.
Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour is a moisturising and soothing product designed especially for the delicate eye area, and is proven to reduce the discomfort aggravated by allergies and hay fever.
Reduce skin sensitivity at night
Some people with sensitive skin feel that their itchy skin keeps them awake, or that they start the day with their skin already feeling uncomfortable. The histamine levels in the skin can actually increase overnight, so you wake up with skin that feels sore and red rather than rested.
Toleriane Ultra Overnight Care has been specially formulated for overnight use. It works to reduce the skin’s sensitivity while you sleep, so you can wake up with skin that feels
• Deeply hydrated
• Free of discomfort
Formulated with ingredients that actively soothe the skin, including La Roche-Posay’s soothing thermal water, it gives you skin what it needs to help repair itself overnight. After use, tightness is reduced, and the skin appears less red and feels less irritated.
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