It’s the time of the year when colds are in abundance, and you can’t use public transport without it being an echo of coughs and sneezes. We all know that colds reek their havoc on the body, and leave you feeling fatigued and faint, but it often gets forgotten that your skin suffers too. The medicine cabinet is great when you’re feeling rubbish, but what about when you look worse than you feel? Here are 5 miracle items to nurse your skin back to good health.
The Comforting Cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £14 boots.com
When you’re not feeling 100%, your skin can suffer in a mutitude of ways. It can get dry, rough and itchy, and the one cleanser that is guaranteed to be there in your time of need is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Loved by beauty editors the world over, this soothing creamy cleanser and muslin cloth pair adds hydration and makes your skin smooth and soft. The eucalyptus scent is reminiscent of Olbas Oil, so makes for easy breathing too.
The Ultimate Lip Balm
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm, £9.50 marksandspencer.com
Lips can often get forgotten about, but they are at risk of getting dry, chapped and painful when the colds hit. One of the best lip balms on the market is from French skincare brand Nuxe, which contains a blend of honey, plant oils and shea butter to soothe and repair sore lips.
The Icy Moisture Boost
The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, £13 thebodyshop.co.uk
Cooling facial products are unbeatable when your temperate is high. A moisturiser which combines an addictively refreshing texture with a hit of hydration is the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. This is perfect to keep next to your bed in case of any night-time flushes and replenishes dehydrated skin.
The Mask Sheet
Re:cipe 7 Day Face Mask Set, £11.99 korome.co.uk
Continuing with the theme of keeping cool, one of the best ways to achieve this is by using a sheet mask. These Korean skincare heroes are face-shaped pieces of cloth, pre-soaked with a nourishing serum. Left on for at least 30 minutes, these plump the skin like no other, and are a real rescue for the complexion. Pick up a set of 7 masks from KorOme so you’ve always got one to hand.
Tip: These are also brilliant to use when you have a headache or hangover.
The Hot Toddy
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, £32 feelunique.com
When you have a cold, one of the best drinks is a hot toddy. Warm water, lemon, and soothing honey work wonders for sore throats and sniffles. This mask is the beauty equivalent. It smells just like a toddy with a hint of ginger, and contains glycolic acid. This works to chemically exfoliate away dead skin cells in a very gentle way, leaving behind smooth, fresh and revitalised skin. This packs a punch in the hydration department, as well as working to brighten the complexion too. Could this be the ultimate in sick day skincare?