It’s the winter season (YAY)! Which also means it’s cold and flu season (BOO).
Try as we might to avoid it, it seems like many of us are battling sore throats, sniffles, coughs and fevers.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), many Americans get hit with illnesses each year.
Getting sick and feeling garbagey is bad enough, but having to drag yourself out into public and attempt to look decent while you feel less-than-human is even worse.
Not to mention what being sick can do to your skin and appearance (hello, meet my new pals, Chapped Nose and Puffy Eyes!).
My friends, I’m here to help you through this difficult time when a lack of sick days and general adulting force you to leave your sick cave and face the light of day.
Today, I’m bringing you my top tips for skincare when you’re sick and how to look great even when you feel like a used tissue, plus some tricks to avoid getting sick!
8 Tips for Looking Good When You’re Not Feeling Good
Dry winter air, plus constant nose blowing and hand washing, plus medications designed to dry you out equal a recipe for dry, chapped and irritated skin.
Dry skin is not only uncomfortable and even painful, it can make your complexion look dull.
I mean, come on, we’ve all seen our faces when we’re sick. It’s not our BEST look.
Make sure you’re maintaining skin’s hydration with these tips:
- Use Moisturizer – Make sure you’re maintaining your regular skincare routine while you’re sick. Or, if even getting out of bed feels like a battle, make sure you’re at least washing your face and applying a good moisturizer to keep skin from drying out.
- Use a Healing Formula for Chapped Areas – Whenever I get a red, chapped nose from going through the world’s supply of Kleenex, I like to regularly dab on a healing ointment to keep skin soothed and moisturized.
- Get a Humidifier – A humidifier is a great addition to battle winter dry skin anyway, but it can be especially nice for restoring moisture when you’re sick.
- Treat Yourself with a Moisturizing Mask – An at-home mask is a great way to give skin a quick pick-me-up. Look for one that will quench dry skin with moisture, or a cooling gel mask to calm inflammation.
- Take a Break From Retinoids – If your skincare routine involves retinoid formulas, it might be a good idea to stop using them for a few days to let skin recover and avoid further irritation.
Here’s a few a my favorite ways to treat skin when you’re sick!
Getting a daily dose of vitamin C isn’t just good for your health, it’s good for your skin too! I formulated my daily moisturizer to include 20% antioxidant vitamin C to help fight free radicals and encourage healthy new cell growth. My moisturizer also contains 15% hyaluronic acid to shower skin in restorative hydration. Together, these ingredients also smooth fine lines and diminish signs of aging!
Ahhhh, this soothing mask cools and calms skin on contact! With vitamin C, rosehip and peppermint, it works to reduce inflammation, redness and irritation while toning and tightening skin. Plus, it gives skin moisture while nourishing it with vitamins and minerals, and evens out your skin tone for a brighter, more radiant complexion.
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Sooth those red, raw areas of your face and hands with this lovely repair balm! It contains holistic ingredients to reduce inflammation, calm redness and encourage skin to heal. This rich formula smooths dry, flaky skin, eradicates impurities and encourages collagen production to help rebuild and heal skin.
2. Deflate Puffy Eyes
The sneezing, The stuffed up sinuses, The sleepless nights.
They can all do a number on our eyes, inviting those SUPER flattering comments like, “You look like you’re not feeling good.” (Thanks.)
That classic home remedy of cold cucumber slices has some truth to it.
When we apply cold to our skin, it constricts blood vessels and helps swelling and puffiness to go down.
Plus, it can feel absolutely heavenly if your eyes are burning from drying out or the heat of a fever.
Apply a cold compress to eyes, or use a cooling eye mask to nourish and moisturize skin while you depuff!
Also, look for eye creams that contain caffeine which also helps reduce puffiness.
Pro Tip: Store your eye cream in the fridge! It will feel super cool and delightful to relieve tired, puffy eyes.
I designed my powerful eye cream to include multi-peptides & anti-enzyme plant extracts to diminish fine lines and guard against future signs of aging for maximum anti-aging benefits. Plus, it’s gentle enough that even sensitive skin types can enjoy it!
This multitasking formula brightens tired eyes, smooths fine lines, AND diminishes dark circles! Rejuventating peptides combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while antioxidants restore balance and encourage cell regeneration. This formula will also help eliminate eye bags by up to 70% and dark circles by up to 89%! Great for restoring tired eyes, or for younger-looking eyes anytime!
Rescue tired or dull eyes with this quick-acting formula. This powerful anti-aging cream restores moisture with shea butter and hyaluronic acid and infuses skin with rebuilding antioxidants and nourishing ingredients. The result is reduced dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles for bright, youthful eyes!
3. Use a Moisturizing Sanitizer
When you’re sick (and if you’re considerate), you’re likely washing your hands a lot and using sanitizer to avoid spreading your germs everywhere.
The rest of us thank you.
But, all this washing and sanitizing can totally strip our hands of moisture. Especially if you’re using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Not only will this do a number on your hands, it will also dry out your nails and cuticles!
Try switching to a moisturizing hand soap and sanitizing lotion rather than a gel to save your hands!
This unique waterless hand cleanser is an effective and organic alternative to harsh hand sanitizers with drying alcohol. It contains naturally antibacterial and antiseptic ingredients to remove bacteria and germs without sacrificing moisture. It also soothes irritation and inflammation and infuses skin with regenerating nutrients!
4. Camouflage with Concealer
Those dark circles from sleepless, cough-filled nights and red spots from dry skin aren’t doing us any favors.
Step up your concealer game by using a color correcting shade to combat those tell tale signs of sickness!
Yellow concealer will help eliminate the purple of your dark circles, and a green shade will neutralize any redness.
Use this handy little kit to cover everything including dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, acne, age spots and blemishes! The corrective shades neutralize discoloration to give you an even, flawless complexion!
5. Restore Your Rosey Glow
Pale skin is one of the hallmarks of being under the weather. You might as well wear a giant sign that says, “I AM SICK.”
You can bring some color back to your cheeks with a bit of blush, but layering a rosy blush on top of pale skin doesn’t always look as flattering.
And, piling foundation on dehydrated or flaky skin can just make matters worse.
I recommend starting with a tinted moisturizer. This will give skin the hydration it needs plus lightweight coverage with a natural-looking hint of color.
And, a tinted moisturizer is a great multitasker when you’re not up to going through your entire regular beauty routine!
This lightweight formula makes it easy to take care of skin while achieving flawless, even coverage. It locks in moisture and provides skin with nourishing antioxidants and vitamins. Then, it gives you sheer, luminous coverage to conceal blemishes, minimize pores and blur fine lines. Finally, it contains ingredients to calm redness and irritation. This is a great all-in-one time saver!
Speaking of time savers, try this triple action formula! It gives you great daily hydration while infusing skin with antioxidants to repair and protect from future free radical damage. It’s also lightly tinted to even skin tone and give it a nice glow. PLUS, it offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 sun protection, making it a perfect go-to for daily wear!
6. Sick-Proof Your Makeup
Rocking a full face of makeup with a runny nose and watery eyes can be quite the challenge.
Make sure everything stays put so you don’t end up with raccoon eyes and a bare, Rudolph red nose buy the end of the day.
A good face primer turns your face into a flawless canvas for any makeup to go on smoothly and give it some staying power.
Same goes for an eyelid primer which will keep makeup in place and help the pigments in your eye shadow to really pop.
Also, use a water-resistant mascara formula to avoid losing your luscious lashes when a sneezing fit starts up.
Finally, finish your face with a setting spray to help keep everything locked down and in place.
This primer creates the perfect, flawless base for your makeup to go on and stay on! The mineral-based, oil-free formula conceals imperfections and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores. But, that’s not all! It also provides mineral SPF 30 sun protection AND it’s lightly tinted, which means you might be able to get away with using this illuminating formula and nothing else!
Sweep this conditioning and perfecting base onto eyelids to ensure your makeup will stay put! This weightless formula prevents creasing and boosts the intensity of your eyeshadow to really light up eyes.
This is one of my absolute favorite mascaras! The revolutionary formula creates these little “tubes” around each lash to completely envelope, rather than coat, them. This mascara won’t smudge, run, or flake even if you cry or rub your eyes! Plus, it doesn’t require makeup remover. You simply use a little warm water and slide the tubes off your lashes! It’s truly amazing. And, it’s great for contact wearers or those with sensitive eyes!
Make sure makeup doesn’t perform a disappearing act! This makeup setting spray keeps everything in place while guarding skin with SPF 30 sun protection. It also includes cucumber and aloe vera extracts to refresh and soothe skin, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and helps tone skin while reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines. It’s the perfect way to finish your fabulous face!
You’ve always heard that you should drink plenty of fluids while you’re sick. It’s true!
When you’re sick, your body uses up a lot of its liquids trying to fend off bacteria and viruses.
Staying hydrated keeps everything running and flushes toxins from your body.
Plus, it’s good a good way to perk up your skin! Dehydrated skin results in more apparent fine lines, sagging and dullness.
Make sure to stay hydrated! You don’t have to just drink water. Hot tea and soup or broth are great ways to soothe a sore throat and get your liquids!
8. Don’t Leave Out Your Lips
Much like everything else, your lips can get super dried out and chapped when you’re sick.
Blame all that mouth breathing from your stuffy nose!
Not to mention that the skin on your lips doesn’t contain oil glands, so it can’t restore its own moisture. And, if you’re constantly licking your lips, dry weather can cause any moisture your lips did have to evaporate.
Condition your lips with a soothing lip balm to heal and protect your pout.
Bonus: Use a formula that includes peppermint! Not only will it provide cooling, refreshing relief, the scent will be wonderful for a stuffy nose!
This oversized lip balm cools and soothes lips with refreshing mint and rosemary as soon as you apply it. Essential oils condition skin with revitalizing moisture to save dry lips and promote healing. Plus, you get SPF 15 protection for soft, smooth lips!
This wonderful trio is a luxurious way to restore lips!
- Step 1 uses all natural fruit enzymes and polishers to exfoliate dead skin while infusing lips with bioflavonoids and vitamins.
- Step 2 provides deep hydration to soften and condition lips with rich shea butter and avocado oil, while peptides stimulate collagen for fuller, plumper lips.
- Step 3 includes a petroleum-free citrus lip balm that delivers vitamins and moisture to give lips a slight sheen and improve skin.
This treatment gives you your fullest, most kissably soft lips!
This lovely lip balm absorbs quickly to protect lips and give them smooth shine and long-lasting moisture. The rich formula is infused with sweet almond and tamanu oils, kombucha extracts, cocoa, murmuru, shea butter and teoxi Moroccan mint leaf to give it a refreshing tingle!
6 Top Tips to Avoid Getting Sick
Getting sick and feeling lousy is never fun (even if it does afford you some guilt-free couch surfing and binge watching sessions).
Follow these tips to keep you and yours healthy during this cold and flu season!
1. Keep it Clean
Your ultimate first line of defense against germs is to keep your hands clean with regular hand washing using soap and clean, running water.
And not just a quick splash! Experts recommend that you suds up for at least 20-30 seconds (sing yourself “Happy Birthday” twice through while you wash your hands).
If you’re out and about, or soap and water aren’t available, a hand sanitizer will also do the trick in a pinch, but it won’t kill ALL germs or impurities.
Also, clean and disinfect any surfaces that might be covered in germs or viruses.
2. No Touching!
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands. These areas act like gateways for germs to spread and infect you.
3. Get Some Sleep
Good sleep is important for our overall health, and especially for our immune systems.
One study observed the sleep habits of 164 healthy men and women for one week. Participants were then exposed to a live cold virus. The study found that those who slept less were more likely to get sick.
Deep sleep is also the time that your skin rebuilds and repairs itself so you wake up looking daisy fresh.
Make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep for the sake of your skin and your health.
4. Avoid Contact with Sick People
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s good sense.
Sometime, it’s simply impossible (say, if your kids are sick). But, if your bestie texts before your lunch date to say she’s, “Got a cold, but probably isn’t contagious,” go ahead and reschedule. It’s better than risking getting sick!
Also, if YOU’RE the one who’s sick, stay in and don’t infect others. The CDC recommends that you stay home until you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
Trust me, your coworkers will thank you.
5. Don’t Spread Germs
If you’re patient zero, make sure you take measures so you don’t spread germs and get others around you sick.
Wash Your Hands – Don’t take the “Well, I’m already sick so I don’t have to wash up” approach. Especially if you’re around others or out in public.
Wash your hands before touching any shared surfaces, and definitely after blowing your nose.
Cover Up – ALWAYS cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid releasing germs into the air. You can cover up using a tissue, then toss it in the trash.
Or, use the “vampire cough” – coughing into the crook of your arm rather than your hands – to keep from spreading germs. I’ve already taught my kids to do this anytime they sneeze or get sick.
6. Consider Getting a Flu Shot
Many people avoid getting a flu vaccine because of the belief that a flu shot gives you the flu. (Not true!)
The CDC estimates that between 2012-13, 45% of the U.S. population got a flu shot. This prevented an estimated 6.6 million flu-related illnesses, 3.2 million medical visits and 79,000 hospitalizations!
It might be worth it to cut down your chances of getting sick this season!
While we can do our best to avoid getting sick, sometimes we still find ourselves stuffed up, coughing and amid a sea of crumpled tissues.
Make sure to take care of yourself (and your skin!) when you’re sick. That way, you can still put your best face forward even when you’re not feeling your best!
What are your favorite tricks for looking good when you’re sick? Share them with us in the comments section!