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Skin care for seasonal allergies & sensitivities

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I just got back from a few wonderful days in New York City. Central Park is always a great visit, but I have a feeling that this time of year it brings out the worst in people – I’m talking about allergies. The fresh-cut grass, the weeds and pollen of spring affects the respiratory system of millions of allergy sufferers, leading to sneezing, teary eyes, and runny noses. In fact, 35 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from seasonal allergies.

And your skin can be affected, too. Here’s how:

  • Dehydration: Trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) in the skin is often a direct result of the constant rubbing with tissues, the release of histamines and even allergy medications. All of these contribute to the skin being robbed of it’s moisture due to the skin’s protective barrier being compromised.

 

  • Inflammation: Histamines are chemicals released in response to an antigen (such as an allergy like pollen – shown magnified in the image to the left), which leads to inflammation in the skin.

 

  • Irritation: Constantly blowing your nose and rubbing your eyes can result in irritation. Skin can begin to itch, feel warm to the touch and become red or blotchy.

 

Are you allergy- or sensitivity-prone? It’s important to keep your skin in optimum shape with the right sensitive skin care products. Try these to help balance and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier layer so you can bounce back quickly from symptoms:

CLEANSER

Sensitive Skin CleanserGently cleanses without irritating side effects

TONER

Calmitude Hydrating SolutionInstantly relieves dehydration with ultra-calming extracts

MOISTURIZER

Calmitude Sensitive Skin MoisturizerHydrates and smoothes with desensitizing extracts

SERUM

Stress SolutionSoothes away sensitivities and protects against visible irritation

EYES

Calmitude Delicate Skin Eye GelDefends against eye-aging irritants

Ah-choo! Are you suffering this time of year? Tell me about your skin and skin care care routine in the comments!

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

Comments (7)

emily s says:
Apr 28, 2011

This is me! And I’m already using Senistive Skin Cleanser and I love it. The spring is always the wort time of year for me, and I always have tissue with me and take an antihistamine daily. Thanks for the skin care info.

Paula says:
Apr 28, 2011

I am one of the 35 million and have been dealing with sensitivities all spring. Thanks for the tips.

candice lagatta says:
Apr 30, 2011

Seasonal allergies? The first signs show in the tissue around my eyes. I wake up to irritated, dehydrated looking skin that needs help! I love and use all Bioelements Eye Products but during allergy season,I follow these steps and get great results.

AM – Apply Calmitude Delicate Skin Eye Gel followed by cotton rounds chilled with Calmitude Hydrating Solution. Place over each eye and recline for 10 minutes.
PM – Apply a small amount of Stress Solution with Calmitude Delicate Skin Eye Gel on top.

As allergy symptoms begin to decrease try the following;

AM – Equal parts Multi-Task Eye Creme & Calmitude Delicate Skin Eye Gel
PM – Equal parts Sleepwear for Eyes & Calmitude Delicate Skin Eye gel

I always carry an Instant Emollient with me for easy application to irritated skin when on the run.

Petra Peach says:
Jul 15, 2011

It seems that allergies are on the increase. Who knows why this is happening? Some suggest GM crops are to blame, but I have yet to see enough to convince me this is the problem. Never the less something is at the root of this increase. Thanks for the details here on some of the products that can help.

KITTY says:
Sep 26, 2011

is okay to use quick refiner under sleepwear. my concern is that sleeowear contains retinol and quick refiner contains AHA acids. is this too much exfoliation and if not how many times per week should quick refiner be used if sleepwear is used nightly.

Barbara says:
Sep 26, 2011

Hi Kitty – Unless your have a very Sensitive Skin type, it’s great to use Quick Refiner under your Sleepwear. You could start by applying Quick Refiner every other night for the first week, and then if your skin shows no sign of sensitivity, you should be fine to use it every night. But make sure to use a broad spectrum SPF every day!

Howard says:
Apr 23, 2012

Thank you for the recommendations. I had just bought a new cleanser, supposedly for “sensitive” skin, only to find out that I’m allergic to it and broke out in what looked like hives. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with the products on yoru list.

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