So, flu season is coming to an end – yay!
However hay fever season is swiftly swooping in to keep up us suffering and sniffling…. Nay.
My poor nose has been through a lifetime of constant abuse from numerous tissues and it shows!
This week I had a particularly nasty Tuesday where I was hit full force with my first bout of hay fever this year. I’m not just talking about a couple of sneezes and a few pathetic little sniffles here and there, no, this was aggressive.
Not everybody is lucky enough to experience hay fever so here’s the run down of some of the symptoms.
- Runny nose and nasal congestion.
- Watery, itchy, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat.
- Sometimes I get the strange urge to tug on the roots of my hair and rub my face, it’s strangely satisfying… not sure if anyone else also gets that?
Back to my Tuesday.
So, it got so bad to the point where by 4pm I was sitting at my desk with a Rudolph red nose, watery eyes, makeup completely ruined (I stopped caring at some point after lunch) trying to ignore the looks of pity and glances at my bright red nose thrown my way.
Thankfully I have a manager who is also a fellow hay fever sufferer and let me leave work an hour early.
Now, as if actually dealing with the hay fever itself isn’t enough for us Spring Time Snifflers, we also have to deal with the after effects; the dry nose. Often, after a long day of blowing,wiping, dabbing, it begins to flake rather like a delicate, multi layered pastry (aand now I’m hungry).
I’m pleased to say however that I quickly discovered a solution… Coconut oil: The magic potion of the 21st Century!
The idea to use it occurred to me in the middle of my skin care routine on Wednesday night, I had just finished moisturising and couldn’t help but notice how my moisturiser was really just sitting on top of the dry skin on my nose and not actually doing much to combat it. That’s when I noticed the coconut oil sitting innocently on my bedside table and thought, well why not?
The crucial trick however is to gently rub it in circular motions, otherwise it’s just going to sit on top of the skin. By doing this the dry flaking layer of skin will then come off (gently remember) and ta da! A shiny new layer of skin made it’s debut.
The next day I was good as new, a fact that is pretty miraculous to me as often after a bout of hay fever my dry nose tends to stick around for what seems like forever.
So there you have it, the 2 millionth (probably) reason for why coconut oil is so awesome.
A quick note however, if you are keen to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon make sure that you do your research and go for raw/organic/virgin options. I was lucky enough to have a jar of coconut oil brought all the way over from my eyebrow technicians back yard in India where they make it themselves… pretty neat right?
Otherwise, Amazon is always a good place to look and the reviews are particularly helpful. In case you need more persuasion, check out this Amazon review on this brand of coconut oil.
Amazing product. Skin feeling a little rough? Spread some Coconut Oil on it. Want a culinary experience like no other? Pan fry it with this coconut oil. Hair looking a bit tatty? Coconut oil! Catch your husband with that bunyip from next door, pour some Optima Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil on the laminate flooring and watch the little bitch slip and slide down the hall trying to escape in his budgie smugglers. At least his feet will be silky smooth though.