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Sick day skincare

With all the buzz on the horrible flu season this year, I’m sure you’ve read all about how to avoid the flu, treat it if you catch it or different supplements to take. What if you catch it? If you do, I’m sure the last thing on your mind is how your skin looks or feels.

But really think about it. When you have a nasty bug, your skin becomes irritated. The skin under your nose becomes red and raw from all those tissues. Your eyes have dark circles and your skin can become dry and itchy. How do you help yourself feel like a human again and look as if you’re not ill at all? Here are some of my favorite tips on treating your skin right when you’re feeling under the weather:

Spread Vasoline around your raw nose, especially at night. This will help heal the skin that has become irritated from blowing you nose every five minutes.

Moisturize! Along with your Vasoline, use a heavy duty moisturizer to keep your face soft and smooth when it has a tendency to become dry and itchy due to your illness and dry winter air.

Drink lots of water! Water isn’t just good for flushing out toxins, but it is great for your skin. Drinking lots of water will help you get over your sickness faster and keep your skin looking fresh.

Try a facial cleanser or mask with mint. You might be dealing with sallow looking skin and the inability to breathe properly. Mint helps open up your nasal passages and stimulates blood flow back into your skin. Plus that tingly feeling will make you feel better!

Grab a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep. When the air is dry it can steal moisture from your skin. When you’re taking medicine that also dehydrates your skin, a humidifier can help keep your skin comfortable.

Put on a cold gel mask to relieve congestion, a pounding headache and an achy face. This cooling relief can help you relax and put some precious moisture back into your skin. If you don’t have a cold gel mask on hand, you could use a cool washcloth on your face in the meantime.

Next time you’re ill, don’t forget to heal your skin as well as your body. What are some tips you use to care for your skin when you’re feeling sick?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing