It’s that time of year, the change in season has forced us all into sneezing, snivelling messes. But unlike when we were kids – and feeling under the weather equaled staying at home with daytime TV and a cosy onesie. Now, getting ill is more of an inconvenience, we’ve still got things to do, places to go and people to see… Day-to-day life doesn’t stop, but it feels a whole lot harder.
So, if you’re battling a cold read on up the below. We can honestly say it’ll make your week slightly less painful..
Dry Skin Defender:
Your body’s dehydrated and no matter how much water you sip, your skin is still sahara-dry. Here’s where you need to break out the big guns, enter the Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Rich, £13.50. Yes the name may be a mouthful, but the formula works a treat for soothing severally parched skin whilst also protecting against hypersensitivity and redness.
Heal A Chapped Nose:
Firstly, be smart with your tissue selection. Invest in a balm-coated tissue that won’t tear up your nose from constant blowing, we recommend the Kleenex Balsam Tissue, £2.00. If your nose is still shredded, the best thing to do is to slather on a skin-repairing balm like La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Multi Purpose Soothing Repairing Balm, £6.50. The anti-bacterial balm will soothe and nourish whilst fighting against infection.
Soothe Sore Lips: Chapped lips, cold sores… Being ill is seriously tough on your pout. Blistex MedPlus Repairing Lip Balm, £2.30, is one of the very best we’ve tried, it has jojoba oil and cocoa butter to repair any chaps whilst it’s also loaded with menthol to help leave your sinuses feeling less stuffed up.
Getting Rid Of Cold Sores: When it comes to fighting cold sores, things get a little tricky. if you attack when you feel the first tingle you can sometimes prevent the blister from forming. We love Bonjela’s Invisible Cold Sore Cream, £6.3. As the label suggests, it’s invisible, so you don’t end up with an awful blob of cream drawing attention to the sore. Apply when you feel that first itchy tingle and keep your finger crossed because sometimes that’s enough to keep the blister from forming. Other times you won’t be so lucky, in that case, continue to apply a least 5 times a day, washing your hands before and after ever application. Cold sores seriously suck, and as much as you want to hide them with make-up, it’s not a good idea as this could lead to it getting infected which will make the situation a whole lot worse. Just sit tight, keep applying the cream and treat yourself to a chocolate brownie, you deserve it for having to deal with that little sucker on your lip.
Dark Circle Defender: If your cold has been keeping you up all night it’s highly likely you’re going to be rocking some major eye bags. It’s actually pretty easy to banish all traces of a sleepless night. Check out our easy guide on how to get rid of dark under-eye circles. You’re welcome!
The Blusher That’ll Bring Your Skin Back To Life:
When you’re rocking a cold, avoid any powders in your make-up bag as they’ll cling to dry skin. Instead, opt for a cream blush like the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm, £19, apply it onto the apples of your cheeks and the creamy formula will bring your grey, tired complexion back to life.
Headache Healer: Tiger Balm White, £4.69, is an essential beauty buy for helping kick a headache. The blend of herbal ingredients including menthol instantly cools and relieves tension when rubbed into the temples. It’s like someone’s released that iron-tight vice that’s felt as if it’s been holding your whole brain hostage.
Trying to get to sleep when you can barely breathe and are constantly coughing is practically mission impossible. But Champneys Heavenly Days Sleep Pillow Mist, £11, will make you feel as relaxed as you would in a spa with its lavender, geranium and chamomile scents. You will instantly relaxed as your head hits the pillow and you are transported to a summer garden.
How To Handle Bed Hair: You’ve got zero energy to try and deal with your unruly locks right now. So make sure you have an amazing dry shampoo and conditioner on hand for cheating a fresh, flawless style with minimal effort. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, £8, is my pick when it comes to hiding greasy roots, team it with Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner, £10, which will leaves ends super-smooth, soft and glossy.
By Victoria Jowett