A cold can bring you to your knees and have you promising the ancestors to become a better person. When you eventually heal, your skin looks exactly the way you felt. It can be dull, ashy, flaky and irritated.
When it’s cold season, arm yourself with these essentials to keep your skin looking healthy even when you feel a little worse for wear.
A silk covered pillow
You might be spending most of your time resting so investing in a silk covered pillow should be a priority. Silk will reduce moisture loss and the chances of dry flaky skin.
Sleeping with your head propped up will help you sleep much better. When you lay flat, fluid collects under your eyes, which increases bags and puffiness. The raised angle may also help with congestion and allow you to breathe easier.
There are tonnes of facial tissues on the market. At the end of the day, you will prefer an unscented, strong, absorbent brand that feels really soft on your nose. This might be the time to reach out for lotion treated tissues.
If your nose and upper lip get very raw during cold season, lotion tissues feel better on chaffed and raw skin.
If you’re not a fan, use plain tissues and regularly dab baby wipes on the sore areas for relief!
I would advise against any exfoliating cleansers while you are ill. Opt for simple hydrating solutions like micellar water which will gently cleanse your skin while soothing irritation.
After a short warm shower to decongest your chest, liberally apply a plant oil rich moisturizer to your body. Your skin will feel smooth and appreciate the extra hydration.
After cleansing your face, make sure to use a hydrating facial moisturizer. You might have to skip the elaborate targeted treatments like retinoids at this time.
Dab some eye cream around the eye area regularly. Pop the eye cream in the refrigerator for about an hour so the cold can bring down any puffiness even quicker.
Since your hands will be washed regularly to control the spread of germs, make sure to use a hydrating hand cream every time you do!
Hydrating Face Mask
For extra moisture, apply a hydrating gel mask on your face before you fall asleep.
Cool the mask in the refrigerator for at least an hour before use. Not only will it moisturize dehydrated skin but the chill will relieve your aching head!
If you aren’t in the mood for a mask, pure aloe vera gel works wonders too! Just regularly apply it liberally on the dry skin.
Vaseline will soothe and soften any dry, chapped areas areas including lips, under eyes, noses, cheeks, cuticles… you name it!
Apply every so often and fall back on your pillow.
Granted, water will not plump up your skin, I mean, you’re not a raisin! However, staying hydrated will help your body flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down.
Drinking water also decreases under eye and face puffiness.
What are some of your comforts while you are unwell? Let me know in the comments below.