Spring Eye Care

Posted by Carole

Spring is here and it feels so good! Like you I couldn’t wait to go out without a heavy coat in the morning and just wander the streets of Bern in that cute top I was tired of hiding under a jumper.

But spring comes with its own burden for people who suffer from hay fever or strange sensitive eyes condition like me. Yes, I’m sad to admit it but my eyes seem to be irritated by many things from dust to pollution or pretty much anything for that matter… And this means that spring and the trillions of pollen particles floating around in the air can become a real ordeal for my eyes making them dry, red and itchy and aggravating the condition I’m suffering with – I’ll tell you more about it soon when I give you tips to survive without make-up, a lesson I’ve learned the hard way when my ophthalmologist simply forbad me from applying make-up on my eyes for a couple of months!

Beyond the traditional medications available such as antihistamines, corticosteroids or immunotherapy for the more troublesome cases (talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out what is best for you!) there are a few things you can do to alleviate the symptoms… and your misery.

So today I present you the eyelid cleansing wipes!

These are sterile, hypoallergenic and non-irritated pre-moistened wipes that you should use daily as part of your beauty routine to gently remove make-up from your eyes but also debris stuck in your eyelashes, such as pollen or pollution particles, which cause irritation and inflammation.

Contrary to traditional wipes or make-up removers, the liquid contained in these wipes can be safely applied on the eye and in contact with it without causing any burning sensation or irritation so it allows you to thoroughly clean your eyelashes and remove all the nasties accumulated during the day to give your eyes a chance to recover overnight. Indeed, many people don’t realize that eyelashes gather an awful lot of debris and particles throughout the day (it’s actually their job besides making us look pretty!) and traditional make-up removers are often too irritating to be used safely.

The texture of this product also plays an important role as it is foamy and therefore allows the product to penetrate deep between your eyelashes for a thorough clean.

There are different brands available on the market but here’s the one recommended to me by my ophthalmologist:

SYSTANE® Lid Wipes, which are available at Boostsystane_desktop_product_large_wipes

Other brands like Lumecare Eyelid Wipes or Blink Lid-Clean Cleansing Eye-Lid Wipes are available in most pharmacies and drugstores.

Tip to save money: Personally, I start my cleaning routine by washing my face with a gentle face wash such as Laroche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser or Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser that are both gentle on the skin and remove most of the make-up from my eyelids. That way I only use a single lid wipe daily and only change side for the second eye as my ophthalmologist instructed me to do so. However, you should always use a brand new wipe if one of your eye is infected in order not to spread the infection to your other eye!

Obviously lid wipes are not a miracle solution against allergies and don’t come as the cheapest make-up remover option however they are worth a try as they did make a difference for me and helped alleviate my symptoms after a couple of weeks.

Give it a try and tell me about it!

Make sure to leave a comment below if you enjoyed reading this article and if you would like to share your own tips and top products for fighting hay fever & allergies!

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