7 Ways To Kick Allergies featuring Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Jacksonville

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Every time Spring arrives I am left feeling and looking terrible due to my allergies.  Seasonal allergies can really throw a wrench in your beauty routine because you all of the sudden have to fight watery eyes, runny-red noses, dark under eyes and puffiness.  Over the years my allergies have gotten worse but I have learned a lot of good tips and tricks along the way to help kick the symptoms and keep yourself looking beautiful!  One of those tips is actually a visit to see a medical professional.  I enjoy going to  Walgreens Healthcare Clinic Jacksonville for treatment of my allergies because I can make my appointment online, wait times are short, prescriptions are filled in the same building, they are open seven days a week, and it is right around the corner.  
Even though prescription medication helps greatly to ease your symptoms, there are also lots of other things you can do to aid them.  Here are my 7 ways to kick allergies!
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A Neti Pot looks a lot like a teapot but it’s purpose is completely different.  My husband introduced me to it’s wonder a few years ago and it is a crazy concept when you first learn about it.  Basically you tilt your head and pour the water into one nostril and let it drain out of the other nostril.  It does a multitude of things: clears nostrils to be able to breath more easily, removes excess mucus, removes allergens, and relieves nasal dryness.
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Eating local raw honey can ease the symptoms of hay fever through a method called desensitization.  Local honey works because it is made by bees near where you live.  You may be allergic to a specific kind of pollen that is native only to your area.  You don’t necessarily have to eat it by the spoonfuls, although that is what seems to be recommended.  I use it in different concoctions; one my family loves is my homemade honey mustard!
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Eating a little wasabi can help with allergy symptoms because it promotes the flow of mucus.  When you are stopped up and stuffy there is NOTHING you want more than to be rid of the mucus.
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Drinking hot peppermint tea is good for allergy symptoms for a few different reasons.  Peppermint is known to be a decongestant and also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.  It also doesn’t hurt to inhale the hot steam.
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Steam facials can be super beneficial for clearing the nasal passages.  The allergens will cling to the water droplets and become easy to wipe away.  It is also great to include a couple drops of eucalyptus oil in the water because it also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, but it also has that menthol scent that is soothing.
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Water.  Drinking plenty of water can detox your system and clear your sinuses which will lead to less puffy, less dark under eyes.  If your eyes are itchy and watering you can also take some room-temperature water and splash your face.  The water will get into the eyes and wash away the allergens.
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Visiting Walgreens Healthcare Clinics can get you the medical treatments you need so that you can overcome your seasonal allergies.  It is also in the same building as the pharmacy and you have access to the over-the-counter drug aisle.  So many of the gems mentioned in this list can be found right there!

When I recently went in for my appointment at my Healthcare Clinic (that I scheduled online) I could see the sign from the front of the store that told me where it was located.  I was immediately greeted and told to sign in via the kiosk.  I took a seat and the staff was just finishing up with a patient so I only waited a couple minutes before I was seen.  The Nurse Practitioner on duty got all the information from me that she needed and was able to prescribe me what I needed and I walked a few feet to the right to fill it!

Whether you are treating an illness, getting a physical, or just need a routine healthcare screening I completely recommend visiting your local Walgreens Healthcare Clinic!  I didn’t know what to expect before I went in but I left with a positive opinion.  They were professional, it looked like a regular doctor’s office, and it saved me a ton of time.  Go on their website now and see if there is one near you!
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FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 Gel

I have less than 6 months until I turn 30 years old.  I am already experiencing fine lines and wrinkles all while still dealing with breakouts (usually due to a monthly visitor) and I have been looking and searching for a way to help deal with that fact.  Recently FutureDerm released their Time Release Retinol 0.5 and it sounded like the answer to my internal questions!

I had never considered a retinol treatment for my issue before but as I was hearing information on this product it set off a light bulb!  Why had I not thought of using a retinol before?  Needless to say, I was nervous.  My skincare previous to trying this consisted of cleansing, toning and moisturizing… and maybe applying a mask or acne treatment once in a while.  This is real “big-girl” skincare and I was curious as well as anxious.  
Without any looking back I dove right in the first night it arrived.  I followed the VERY detailed instructions that came with the product and woke up the next morning in shock that my skin hadn’t burned or flaked or anything overnight!  And honestly… my skin was excitingly under control the entire next day (meaning no super-excess-oil production or new break out)!  SUCCESS was mine!  
The instructions also mentioned that if you have sensitive skin or if you have never used a retinol before to spread out the usage at first.  A couple days after my initial trial I did it again and still no bad reaction.  I was then ready to move into using the product even other night… 

Throughout the first two weeks (maybe a day or so more) I experienced one or two dry patches with a bit of peeling but nothing to write home about… I just cleansed my face and the extra skin came right off and voila! I am so excited that this product was so gentle.  I have heard people share horror stories on their first experiences with retinol and that is probably why I was afraid to use it.  Maybe the people I had heard talking about their bad experiences didn’t follow directions or maybe it was the product they were using.  Either way, with FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 Gel I experienced nothing but positive results.  Maybe it was Nicki’s personal touch in the application directions!!!  

Now that my personal experience with this has been disclosed, let me get to the nitty-gritty.  
The ingredients are all listed above so I am not going to repeat all of that in text, but I will mention that there are some key ingredients in this product to help it not shock your skin.  It includes witch hazel, aloe, and the retinol itself is micro-encapsulated so it slowly releases into your skin over the span of a full 8 hours.  Very gentle and mild.  You may experience some redness or irritation but I would guess that it would be minimal.  The only real side effect I had was that my face felt hot (sort of feverish) for the first couple of applications.  
This product is a light-weight, opaque gel.  Even though it looks like a cream it isn’t; the gel formula actually allows the product to sink into the skin quickly–like 30 seconds quick!  That is great because as soon as you are done applying the retinol product you can move right into the moisturizer you plan on putting over top this and go right to bed! :)  The picture below actually shows the product itself and then 10 seconds after I rubbed it in.  As you can see, there is no glossy, wet look because the product is completely sunk into the skin and getting to work.

All that being said, I can see results already.  The lines around my mouth have reduced a bit and my forehead wrinkles (which is my biggest aggravation) appear less large.  Because my skin cells are turning over more quickly my breakouts have mostly been kept at bay… The only spots that have popped up at all are completely tiny and are literally gone the next day.
FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 Gel retails for $54.95 on her Shopify page, but because this just launched she is having a sale and has generously marked it down to $39.95!  If I didn’t answer some of the questions you may have had, feel free to ask me below in the comments or just check out the link I posted above.  She includes a GREAT DEAL of information on the product shop page.  Also check out her Facebook page or Twitter!  I am sure she would be able to address any concerns you might have!  
What “big girl” skincare product have you used recently?  If you haven’t used any, what are you most interested in trying?  Let me know in the comments below!
*The product mentioned in this review was sent for editorial consideration.  All opinions are my own: if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t use it or write about it.