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10 Japanese Goods to Beat Hay Fever in 2021 - Carefully Selected by LOFT Umeda Staff!

10 Japanese Goods to Beat Hay Fever in 2021 - Carefully Selected by LOFT Umeda Staff!

Date published: 18 March 2021

It's that time again - hay fever season is back in full swing. Some foreign residents have been suffering from allergies from the moment they came to Japan! How can protect yourself from this miserable pollen, while still being able to enjoy your day? LOFT Umeda is a large household goods store with a number of allergy products to help you do just that!

The store is conveniently located only 5 minutes on foot from Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station. There is a corner with allergy products on the 2nd floor. We will now introduce the top-recommended allergy goods of 2021, as recommended by the store's head of sales, Manami Muraki.

Convenient allergy items available at Loft

1. MASCODE: Stylish, Non-woven Fabric Masks

1. MASCODE: Stylish, Non-woven Fabric Masks
MASCODE (M/L, 550 yen each) *Scheduled to arrive in April 2021

Masks are a must-have to prevent pollen inhalation. MASCODE uses a 4-layer filter and works against pollen as well as viruses and PM2.5 particles.

Masks are a must-have to prevent pollen inhalation. MASCODE uses a 4-layer filter and works against pollen as well as viruses and PM2.5 particles.

Masks are available in men's and women's sizes. There are plenty of patterns that you can match with your outfits! "They're made of non-woven fabric and come in a variety of colors. They're really popular! The cord is made of soft elastic and doesn't hurt your ears," says Muraki. These non-woven fabric masks are really in-style!

2. Ihada Aller Screen EX: A Pollen-Blocking Spray

2. Ihada Aller Screen EX: A Pollen-Blocking Spray
Ihada Aller Screen EX (50g 990 yen, 100g 1,760 yen)

Ihada Aller Screen EX is a pollen-blocking spray. It works by creating an invisible veil of ions using a patented fine particle adsorption blocking technology. You can use it on both your skin and hair.

The small size is 50g, and perfect for carrying around!

"This is a Shiseido brand product. It's reasonably priced and easy-to-carry, so it's really popular," says Muraki. It's paraben-free and uses natural hot spring water. You can even use it while wearing makeup!

3. Rheam Mask Spray: Natural Scent, Natural Ingredients

3. Rheam Mask Spray: Natural Scent, Natural Ingredients
Rheam Mask Spray (50ml, 1,408 yen each)

Rheam Mask Spray is a soothing aroma that you can spray on the outer surface of your mask. There are 5 scents, including citrus and rose, all made with 100% natural ingredients.

Rheam Mask Spray Refresh

"I recommend the Refresh. This is a high-quality series that is made in Japan with all-natural fragrances. The packaging is also cute, so they make good gifts," says Muraki. Its convenient size makes it easy to carry around and spray on the go.

4. Kitami Peppermint Oil Spray: Refreshing Relief

4. Kitami Peppermint Oil Spray: Refreshing Relief
Kitami Peppermint Oil Spray (10mL, 1,080 yen)

Kitami Peppermint Oil Spray is a standard souvenir from Hokkaido. Spray it on your mask or handkerchief, and refresh yourself with the scent of mint!

"This has been a popular item for hay fever for several years. You can even add it to tea and liqueur, or use it outside. This one bottle has plenty of uses," Muraki explains. A few drops in the tub also make for a refreshing mint bath. It is also reasonably priced!

5. MoriLabo Pollen Barrier Seal: Just Stick It On!

5. MoriLabo Pollen Barrier Seal: Just Stick It On!
MoriLabo Pollen Barrier Seal (40 pieces, 968 yen)

MoriLabo Pollen Barrier Seal is a product of Japan's popular deodorant and insect repellent brand, ST. Simply apply this patented sticker item to protect you from airborne pollen. It contains aromatic components extracted from the Todomatsu tree, known for its air-purifying effect.

One package contains 40 stickers and has a zipper seal to keep the scent fresh inside.

"This is perfect for kids who don't like wearing masks. It protects against pollen, and is easy for them to stick on by themselves," says Muraki. Children will enjoy using these stickers! Effects last about 5 to 6 hours. They are made with thinned Hokkaido wood.

6. Edge Style Protection: The Perfect Pollen-Blocking Shape

6. Edge Style Protection: The Perfect Pollen-Blocking Shape
Edge Style Protection (2,530 yen)

To protect your eyes from pollen, we recommend the Edge Style Protection pollen glasses. Its design is based on the average Japanese face and head shape. Its anti-fog lenses prevent fogging, even when worn with a mask.

The womens' glasses come in cute designs, and include a drawstring pouch that can also be used to wipe your glasses.

"They're designed to look like ordinary glasses. They're easy to put on, and you can even wash them thoroughly in water - the screws don't rust!" says Muraki. These useful glasses block pollen and 99% of ultraviolet rays.

7. Etak Mask Inner Filter: Use It With Your Own Mask

7. Etak Mask Inner Filter: Use It With Your Own Mask
Etak Mask Inner Filter (10 sheets, 438 yen)

You can use the Etak Mask Inner Filter with your own mask. Its special three-layer structure cuts pollen, virus droplets, and PM2.5 particles by 99% - just stick it inside your mask! They are disposable and hygienic, made in Japan, and available at an affordable price.

The non-woven fabric is processed with patented ingredients that have antibacterial and antiviral effects. With an adhesive surface, you can quickly and easily attach it to the inside of your mask. It also acts as a barrier preventing lipstick and foundation from rubbing off on your favorite mask!

8. Daily Clothes Brush S457: Brush the Pollen Right Off!

8. Daily Clothes Brush S457: Brush the Pollen Right Off!
Daily Clothes Brush S457 (1,298 yen)

One of the best ways to prevent hay fever, is not bringing pollen into your home in the first place! Before stepping inside, use the Daily Clothes Brush S457 to thoroughly remove any dust and pollen from your clothes.

The dense bristles thoroughly remove pollen.

"The brush is a pig bristle mix, so it reaches deep into the fibers to scoop out pollen. The handle is plastic, and can be easily washed with water," says Muraki. You can find this item on the 3rd floor.

9. Elegard: Prevent Static and Keep Pollen Away

9. Elegard: Prevent Static and Keep Pollen Away
(Small 440 yen, large 770 yen) *Photo: small size

Elegard is an anti-static agent that you spray on your clothing. Preventing static electricity makes it difficult for pollen to cling to clothing. It's a great item that can also be used on car seats, curtains, and sofas!

"This item is popular from winter to spring, when static electricity is more likely to occur, but can also be used as a countermeasure against pollen. By spraying it on your clothes, you can prevent pollen from clinging to you and coming inside," says Muraki. You can find this item on the 3rd floor.

10. Hay Fever Badges and Key Chains: It's Only Allergies!

10. Hay Fever Badges and Key Chains: It's Only Allergies!
Hay Fever Key Chain (550 yen)

With covid still around, you may feel awkward sneezing in public places, even if it is just allergies. In this case, your strongest allies may be the Hay Fever Badges and Key Chains. These have recently become available this year, and are gaining popularity thanks to how easy they are to use.

The back of the Hay Fever Badge (550 yen) has a pin and a clip.

The clip on the back of the Hay Fever Badge lets you attach it to your clothes or bag without having to pierce them. It's a great way to casually reassure those around you that you only have allergies!

LOFT Umeda also offers duty-free shopping and takes strong measures against coronavirus

Floors 1-6 offer duty-free shopping, and are perfect for buying souvenirs! Visit the tax exemption counter on the 4th floor after paying to get your refund. For more information, please refer to the tax exemption brochures next to the registers.

LOFT Umeda

The shop has strict coronavirus countermeasures in place. Alcohol disinfectant is available at the entrance, and vinyl curtains are installed at the registers and counters. Escalator railings, elevator buttons, registers, and shopping carts are regularly disinfected with alcohol. Employees are also required to wear masks and check their temperatures before work.

Covid-19 Countermeasures
Sanitizer installed/Ventilation measures in place/Coin trays used/Partition plates installed/Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature/Limited capacity/increased space between people and seats/Limited admissions, reservation system employed (during events)/Customers required to wear masks/Temperature checks implemented

• Information is as of March 15, 2021. Seasonal items may not be in stock.
• Product lineup may vary depending on store.
• Prices and contents are subject to change.
• All prices include tax.

Text by: Shigemi Futaki

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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