The flu season always hits us hard, and we tend to feel that this is the worst season ever, but, and I hate to disappoint you, it’s the same case every winter…but we are blessed with forgetting! We know that skincare may be the last thing on your mind when you’re grappling with achy bones and joints; a runny nose that doesn’t show signs of abating, and perhaps fever and a cough. But trust us when we say that caring for your skin can at this point offer you a great amount of relief. So what can you do now to avoid looking like a zombie once the symptoms subside and all you’re left with is a red flaky nose?? Below are some tips.
1 || Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
And we’re not just talking about your body because that’s a no-brainer I think; drink plenty of water, clear soups, and herbal drinks. Because cold medication can dehydrate your skin make sure to slather on ceramide-rich moisturisers, or anything with hyaluronic acid or glycerin because the cracking around your nose and mouth is simply an invitation for an infection.
2 || Avoid The Sun
We know the sun is either weak or non-existent but nonetheless you still have to wear SPF. Cold and flu medications such as ibuprofen and commonly prescribed antibiotics not only dry out your skin but they also make your skin much more sensitive to the sun. We know you’re probably glued to your couch or bed at this point but even so stay out of the sun and wear SPF even when indoors.
3 || Mind The Nose
Rehydrate your nose area with a richer moisturiser than your regular one. Apply vaseline for the cracks around your nose and slightly inside your nostrils. After every time you blow your nose apply either a layer of face oil or shea butter.
4 || Skip The Extras
Just in case you get bored while stuck at home nursing your cold and you decide to do the extra bit of skincare work…please don’t! Skip exfoliators such as AHA/BHAs, acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids because the skin is dehydrated and overly sensitive.
5 || Lip Balm
Let’s face it, breathing from your mouth and the general state of dehydration wreaks havoc on your lips thus adding to your pain and discomfort. Invest in a lip mask that you can apply during the day to fight dryness and flakiness.
6 || Ice Roller
Believe it or not, now’s the best time to use your ice roller. Not only can they help with the inflammation, they can also be especially helpful to sooth sinuses and puffiness in the face and around the eyes.
7 || Overnight Masks
You skipped the extras as you should but an overnight moisturising mask is especially helpful when you’re sick. Some overnight masks look and feel just like a night cream but they work better and for longer.
8 || Humidifier
Humidifiers not only help you breathe easier when you’re congested but they also add moisture to the air which can also be greatly helpful to your dehydrated skin.
9 || Keep Showers Short
Even though you may be tempted to stay in the hot shower to relieve your achy body but the hot water will exacerbate any dryness. So keep your showers short, 10 minutes will do. Dial down the water heat. Add drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils to your shower; eucalyptus is known for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties while peppermint is a natural decongestant.
10 || Hand Cream
Chances are your hands are also struggling due to the continuous washing …. who wants to infect the rest of the family!! Keep your hand cream close by where you can constantly reach out for it after washing up.