Natural beauty products may feel beautiful on the skin, enhanced by the delicious aroma of organic essential oils and gentle ingredients to soothe and nurture. However the plants from which we derive actives that treat our skin so well are not always so kind to our eyes and noses at this time of year.
That’s because we are just about to enter the first major hayfever season: spring. With as many as 16 million people in the UK suffering from hayfever, this increasingly common condition brings sniffly, itchy misery for weeks and sometimes months for those who suffer the most.
The bright, sunny weather experienced today in mid-March has brought a flurry of telephone calls from those who have just started to go through the tell-tale signs of hayfever: itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches and a blocked nose.
Although there is nothing that we offer that can help with any of these symptoms, hayfever is often suffered by those who also have allergic skin conditions such as eczema. There appears to be a hereditary link that makes certain individuals more susceptible to allergies and hypersensitive to all sorts of things, a condition which is known as atopy.
Here is a calendar produced by the Met Office that provides a handy guide to what types of pollen are floating around during each month of the pollen season:
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