How To Care For Your Skin When You Have A Cold

Updated 1/18/17. It is winter time and that means cold and flus. Blowing your nose, your body being worn down, and taking medication to manage the systems can all affect the skin greatly – and not for the better.

Here are my six expert skin tips to care for your skin when you’re sick with a cold, to keep it looking its best. After all, when you look better, you feel better, right?

1. Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night. Whenever the air is dry it looks for moisture wherever it can get it – and that means robbing it from your skin. Along with decongestants that also dehydrate the skin, it will leave your skin especially parched and dry. By using a humidifier in your bedroom at night, it will keep moisture in the air which will maintain hydration levels in the skin to keep skin feeling comfortable…

2. Apply a cold gel mask to the skin. Since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a gel mask will put moisture back in the skin to keep it looking moist and dewy. Due to the cold nature from gel masks, another benefit is the relief it can provide to a pounding head and achy face from all the congestion. To make the gel mask even colder, put in the refrigerator an hour prior to using. My favorite is Bio Calm Repair Masque which provides cooling relief.

3. Keep moisturizer on the nose at all times.
 From repeated blowing of the nose and friction of the tissue (even tissue that has added moisturizer) the nose area can quickly become red, dry and irritated. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area and this will provide instant comfort and prevent damage. But keep in mind that using a cream that is heavy is not always the solution for repairing a red, dry, inflamed nose. You must use a moisturizer with moisture barrier repairing ingredients like ceramides and lipid-rich oils like those found in our Phytolipid Comfort Cream and Glow Enhancing Cream.

4. Use skin care products with mint. When you’re sick, the skin can look gaunt and sallow due to your body fighting an infection within. Also, the congestion of the nose makes it hard to breathe. My very favorite cleanser to use when I have a cold is Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel. This really clears a stuffy head, opens up the nasal passages, and stimulates blood flow to give your skin a much needed glow. I love it.

5. Do inhalations with pure eucalpytus essential oil. To clear your head, rub 3 drops of this oil into the palm of your hands and cup them over your face with your eyes closed and do five slow in-and-out inhalations. The eucalyptus smells so good and the deep breathing will really clear a fuzzy head. Plus, it helps your bathroom smells like a beautiful, luxurious spa.

6. Drink a lot of water. Much to what you’ve always been told, this isn’t as beneficial for the skin, since water is the least efficient way to hydrate the skin, but more so for the body. Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down. Read: Refreshing Water Recipes

I recently just got over a cold and so I know firsthand how all of these saved my skin! It really makes a difference if you can get up the energy to be skin conscious!

Read: Does Your Skin Get More Sensitive In Winter?
Read: Five Skin Tips To Help Dry, Cracked Winter Hands
Read: 34 Tips To Get Your Best Skin Ever

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