When the weather becomes cold, it often brings actual colds along with it. Even if you aren’t sick, it is common for people to experience compromised immune systems. And when you have a worn-down body, use over-the-counter meds, or just blow your nose all day long, it’s often hard to keep up your skin care routine. Here are a few tips for keeping your skin looking its best when you’re feeling under the weather:
Use a Humidifier at Night: When the air is dry, it often tries to look for moisture wherever it can and that means taking it from your skin. Along with the decongestants that can dehydrate the skin, dry air from indoor heating systems in your home can leave your skin especially dehydrated. When you have a humidifier in your bedroom at night, it can help keep moisture in the air and maintain the hydration levels in the skin, keeping it moisturized and feeling comfortable.
Use a Cold Gel Mask: A cold gel mask can help soothe dry and dehydrated skin. With regular use, it can moisture back in the skin and help replenish it. The coolness from the mask may also help you relieve a pounding head and achy face from congestion.
Keep Your Nose Moisturized: When you are repeatedly blowing your nose, on top of the friction from tissues, it can quickly irritate and dry out the nose. Try to add a small amount of cream after each time you blow your nose to help comfort your nose. Using just any cream isn’t always going to help. Try to look for certain ingredients, including ceramides and lipid-rich oils like jojoba oil and shea butter. These are great for helping heal and repair a compromised moisturizer barrier.
Drink a Lot of Water: Drinking water isn’t necessarily the most efficient way to hydrate your skin. It is, however, a great way to help keep fluids in your body. It will help flush away toxins and regulate your internal temperature down. Drinking water is also a great way to decrease any under eye and face puffiness.
These are just a few steps to help save your skin. It makes a big difference to put energy to be skin when you’re sick. Bundle up and stay warm and you’ll be feeling better sooner than later.