I look forward to the pastels, the warm breeze and taking a big whiff of the crisp California air. Once I do, that nostalgic moment is usually replaced with back to back sneezes, a stuffy nose and red, itchy eyes.
I have a love hate relationship with spring. On one hand, it's so beautiful and lets you know that summer is just around the corner. On the other hand I can't fully enjoy it because of my allergies. And if you're wearing lash extensions and suffer from allergies, I want to prepare you for what's to come in hopes that it helps you to enjoy spring rather than suffer.
As you may know, our eyelashes are designed to protect our eyes. They catch dust, pollen debris, etc., to protect our eyes from being scratched or hurt. If you're wearing eyelash extensions, they will catch a lot more of the pollen floating around in the air than they would without extensions and that can trigger your allergies even more.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your lashes beautiful and feeling a little more comfortable during the allergy season:
KEEP YOUR LASHES CLEAN
You should be washing your eyes/lashes at least once a day however when it's allergy season, you may want to kick that up to twice a day or more to keep your lashes free of pollen and dust. Many people think that touching the lashes will make them fall out faster however not keeping them free from oil and debris is a surefire way to make lash extensions shed prematurely and even cause an eye infection. Cleaning regularly is a great thing, especially during the spring season.
TAKE STINGING NETTLES
My Peruvian friend who lives in Costa Rica told me about this and it worked like a charm to relieve me of the sneezing and stuffy nose. I take the capsules daily and drink the tea here and there. The key with taking stinging nettles is to be consistent so it builds up in your system. Since Spring isn't for another 20 days or so, if you start taking this now it will have built up a lot in your system to protect you from pollen.
EAT LOTS OF VEGGIES
It's been said that eating more veggies during allergy season helps to boost your immune system and helps your body to fight allergies. Not fruit, but veggies.
Green tea & cayenne pepper can help to reduce nasal congestion and stuffiness.
Stress can actually make your allergies worse. So chill out and take care of yourself mentally. Your nose and body will thank you for it.
Pollen.com is a great resource for learning what the pollen count is in your area. By knowing that, at the least, it will help you to prepare a little better for what's to come in your area.
SCHEDULE MORE FREQUENT TOUCH UPS
Another thing I should mention... For many people, you'll experience a big shed of lashes in the spring. It's completely normal. We're mammals and by nature, our bodies are designed to shed more than average during select seasons. Spring is that season. You may notice more hair in your drain and all of a sudden a bunch of your lashes fall off with the extension attached. To keep your lashes looking great if this happens, simply schedule more frequent touch ups.
So what's your secret for spring allergies? Share in the comments below.