Are you sick with COVID or the flu? Did you know that these viruses are actually traveling faster than the speed of lightening this winter? If Omicron were not rampant enough, it seems we’re experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in decades, and the flu shot did not necessarily target the right strain. So far, the weather has been quite mild and there are more germs to contend with than during a frosty winter.
When your body aches, your cough is hacking, and you feel run down, your skin may be the last thing on your mind. However, this type of stress will nevertheless do wear and tear on your complexion. Your skin will begin to look dry and irritated, your eyes will get puffy, and you may be prone to cold sores and other skin issues. The following tips may save your skin while you recover.
- Hydration - Drink plenty of fluid to hydrate your body from within. This helps plump up your skin while it aids in a quicker recovery from a virus. In addition, be sure to apply rich moisturizers to replenish your skin barrier. Look for ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid to do the job. You can use a more occlusive cream (including Vaseline) in the area under your nose, which gets particularly chapped. Don’t forget to use a Vitamin E stick on your lips or a rich lip balm to continuously hydrate your lips throughout the day.
- Less is More - While you’re sick, stick to basic skincare, i.e. use a mild and hydrating cleanser. Don’t bother using your exfoliants until your skin heals. Exfoliation can add insult to injury while your skin is already sensitive. Unless you’re using a hydrating mask that’s safe for sensitive skin, omit this step as well. Between the hydrating cleanser and moisturizer, your skin should be fine during your bout with a virus. When you’re feeling better, you can resume your regular regimen.
- Avoid Acne - A virus can dry out your skin, leading to further issues, but if you’re prone to acne and you start using heavy creams, you may develop breakouts due to heavy creams that can clog the pores. If your skin is combination or oily, its best to stick with gentle and non-comedogenic products.
- Short Showers - Although long hot showers are very soothing when you’re under the weather, they can further dry out your skin. Make sure the water is warm and never hot. Also, stick to a maximum of 10 minutes. Use a fragrance-free, hydrating body wash and apply lotion directly after the shower for best results.
- Keep Hand Cream Handy - Don’t forget about your hands, which can become very dry and chapped after frequent handwashing in order to protect others from catching your germs. Every time you wash your hands, be sure to automatically apply a rich hand cream. This should be kept near the sink, so it’s ready and available when you need it.
While you’re sick and housebound, there’s no need to apply makeup, unless you have a Zoom meeting. Although it›s easier to be lazy about your skin as well, remember that a little bit of TLC will do wonders for your complexion and ease the transition for when you’re ready to exit the house.
Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.