Dr. Noire: Are Winter Allergies Aging You?
For some, winter weather means seasonal allergies; and if you’re not treating your condition, you could be making yourself appear older.
The secret to a younger looking appearance might be right in your medicine cabinet, and it’s not exactly the first thing you think about when anti-aging products come to mind.
One of the most common allergy symptoms is redness and itching in or around the eyes, and if you find yourself rubbing the area with your hands as a form of temporary relief, you may be causing permanent damage to your skin.
The blood vessels in that part of your face are extremely delicate, so every time you rub your eyes – because of allergies or for any other reason – you risk breaking those vessels, which leads the surrounding skin to get darker and thicker.
What to do? Besides stopping the itch before it starts with an effective antihistamine (preferably one that won’t cause drowsiness), be sure to treat the area with an anti-aging eye cream.
If products containing retinol are too strong for you, opt for one that has peptides instead, like Olay Regenerist Eye Lift Serum or Philosophy’s When Hope Is Not Enough Facial Firming and Lifting Serum. Both offer antioxidants and moisturizers that plump and firm the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, without causing irritation.
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