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When I’m feeling under the weather all I want to do is spend all day in bed alternating naps with a movie marathon, but unfortunately, when I’m less than my best I’ve usually got tons of things to accomplish so unless I’ve got a fever going that’s not really an option. If you are anything like me and usually don’t have the time to kick back when you’re sick, a few simple tips can help you deal until you feel and look like yourself again.
DISCOMFORT: Aches and pains are usually part of any illness. To help alleviate your physical discomfort a soak in the tub or a steamy hot shower can help comfort you on your road to wellness. Add a few drops of an essential oil blend to the tub before bathing or apply an aromatherapeutic body oil post shower to help cure what ails you. Use peppermint essential oil to help soothe headaches and minimize chest congestion, eucalyptus oil to support your respiratory system, lemon oil for its antiviral and uplifting properties, chamomile oil to help you relax and ease muscle aches and pains, and lavender oil for its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic benefits as well as its ability to help you rest.
DEHYDRATED COMPLEXION: If you’ve got a cold, chances are you also have a dehydrated complexion, most likely due to repeatedly blowing your nose which can cause skin around the nose and lip areas to be drier than usual and possibly even chapped. Slather on a rich, soothing moisturizer that won’t sting suddenly sensitive skin to help set things right.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration ($30) can be used head to toe and is clinically proven to increase hydration by up to 169 percent as soon as it’s applied. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, it soothes, calms, heals, protects and relieves itching and irritation.
TIRED EYES: Another dead giveaway you’re not feeling great? Red, puffy eyes. Give them the boot with cold compresses such as cool, wet tea bags and a soothing eye cream. Keep the cream in the fridge to boost its efficacy.
Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm ($26) does so much. It contains Licorice Root Extract to soothe and nourish, Rose and Rosemary oil to to hydrate, a special botanical blend to calm inflammation, redness and irritation and a peptide complex to repair and prevent fluid accumulation in the eye area. Keep it in the fridge for extra pick-me-up.
LACKLUSTER LOOK: Now that you’ve got your skin under control it’s important to think about your makeup. Too much makeup will just accentuate a pasty complexion and tired looking eyes so this is the case where less really is more. Your best bet is to keep things to a minimum yet chock full of moisture. Start with a tinted moisturizer to conceal any redness while still keeping things dewy, add a hint of a cream-based bronzer to warm up your complexion, apply a super moisturizing lip balm with a hint of color and finish off your look with waterproof mascara to enhance your eyes.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Illuminating ($44) delivers a hint of color, tons of moisture, a radiant finish and protection.
Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer ($40) is super sheer, weightless and can be worn alone, over, or mixed in with your makeup for a healthy looking glow. Apply it to the tops of your cheeks, your forehead, and the bridge of your nose and blend well.
It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Coloring Lip Treatment ($24) was actually developed with plastic surgeons to infuse your lips with moisture as it reacts with the warmth of lips for your own perfect pink flush. Butters, oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants lock in moisture so your lips look healthy.