It's that time of year again.
Or maybe, just another day in the life of allergy sufferers. The pollen and it's ever so annoying reactions. The itching, the burning, the swelling...THE ITCHING. We all know the symptoms of an allergy attack. What we don't seem to talk about is the effects on the skin. SKIN?! Yes. The skin you're in is reacting too.
So what does this mean for waxing and your skin's condition? What can you do to preserve your results and overall skin's health? Let's dive right in!
First, what are allergies?
Allergies or an allergy is where your immune system is reacting abnormally to a foreign substance. Basically, your skin is going bonkers trying to fight off a potential enemy that is nothing more than a speck of dust. Your skin is the largest organ. Although, our brain recognizes that we are not in a life or death situation and we can function just fine; your skin not so much.
Your brain= We're okay. Skin=SHOOT THE CANNONS! KILL EVERYTHING! GET IT OFF ME! WE'RE GOING DOWN FIGHTING UNTIL OUR LAST BREATH!
So what does your skin do? It flares up. Let's look at the skin on a cellular level. Skin is full of special cells of your actual immune system. Their purpose? To defend against bacteria, viruses and other threats. Whenever they detect a substance that is deemed suspicious, they go on the defense. This results in inflammation. You may have heard of a little thing called, "Dermatitis". It's itchy and annoying. However, there are different levels of sensitivity and that my friends, is where the over-sensitivity or random after-wax bump blues that never existed before, lies.
Allergies in the skin can cause redness, irritation, eczema flare-ups, dryness, itchiness, swelling and even WRINKLING. Please pass the eye cream, am I right?
Now, what can we do to get this under control. First, a quick disclosure. I am an esthetician and not a dermatologist so I can not actually diagnose anything. I also can not give medical advice. However, as a skin care specialist, I can provide you suggestions and provide you tips that can help.
Now that we've passed the legal stuff, here we are:
1) Wash regularly. Take a shower daily. Wash your sheets, pillows, pillow cases, clothes and anything that touches you more frequently.
2) Easy on the fragrances. Let's not add fuel to the fire here. Switch to a pure or natural laundry detergent. Add fragrance to the outside of your clothing, not directly on the skin.
3)Make sure you are exfoliating. I have an entire blog post to answer the importance of exfoliating.
4) Up your water intake! THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT! Keep your body hydrated so your immune system is not fighting to save the little shriveled cells it has left.
5) Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants. Eat them, drink them, rub them on your skin, pop them in pill form. Just make sure you are getting them inside of you one way or another.
6) Moisturize. Moisturizers provide a barrier so that the outside world doesn't sit directly on the skin. It's a protective layer. Please use an SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Skin needs to be protected just as it's working so hard to protect you.
7) Take an antihistamine before and after your waxing appointment. Read the label to know how and when to take. Consult with your doctor first about if you can take an antihistamine.
Any extra irritation will make your service really suck. No need to subject yourself to waxing extra sensitive skin. It's no fun for your specialist or you. No one. It's not fun for anyone in the room.
8) Be kind to your skin. You may have a reaction that you've never experienced before and it's normal. Cells change ALL the time. What the old ones didn't mind, the new ones HATE. It's apart of being human.
9) Wash your hair. Pollen and other allergens get on everything. You'll just end up laying in clean sheets and rolling around in the allergens you were trying to remove and avoid in the first place.
10) Keep your hands out of your face! I know you want to rub your eyes but please don't. You're just working the allergens deeper in. Use a wipe and saline for a quick rinse if necessary. Also, don't touch your face until you have WASHED your hands. Hand sanitizer is great, but it's NOT the same.
Okay Belles and Beaus, that's all I have for now. XOXO