Monday, 25 March 2013
5 WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR SKIN WHEN YOU ARE SICK
TURN TO MINT
There is nothing like an infection to make the skin look dull and completely lacklustre. Plus, the congestion is a terrific breeding ground for zit-causing bacteria. So, think mint. Copious amounts of mint, in every form possible. Tea, face pack, face wash, moisturiser… not only will natural mint-infused oils and creams open up a stuffy nose, they also help the skin breathe and detoxify. Aveda has some terrific options that will soothe both body and mind.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
I know, I know… this can be a pain but remember that decongestants dehydrate the skin, leaving it dry and flaky. Using a humidifier – especially at night – keeps moisture in the air, which maintains hydration levels in the skin and keeps it feeling supple (and comfortable!).
APPLY A COLD GEL MASK
Pop a cold gel mask in the fridge – it’s a terrific way of replacing the skin’s moisture and decongesting the face (while alleviating a pounding head for bonus brownie points). Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask makes for a terrific option.
KEEP YOUR NOSE MOISTURISED
Blowing your nose repeatedly? Stay prepared for red, dry and irritated skin around your nostrils, even with moisturised tissues. Unless (and I learnt this too late) you dab on a bit of cream on your nose after every blow. Creams that contain lipid-rich oils and ceramides are the best bet, like Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
And by “water”, I refer to the multitude of hydrating liquids out there – including green tea, iced tea, fresh juice etc etc etc. These will flush away the toxins, flush out the germs and stop your body (and hence skin) from overheating. For an added cold-busting kick, opt for drinks infused with fresh ginger and honey.