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A cold or flu doesn’t wait to attack until you’re free of your previously scheduled commitments. In fact, illness often strikes when you’re the busiest and your immune system’s best defenses are down. Despite symptoms that can leave you looking and feeling worse for wear, life must go on. We'll fill you in on skincare and makeup hacks to look much better, even when you're not feeling so hot.
Skin plagued by redness? When you’re under the weather, the extra nose blowing and face rubbing leaves skin irritated to the max. Return it to a calm state fast with soothing anti-inflammatories, like green tea or willow herb extract, and reinforce the results (and skin’s compromised barrier) with skin-repairing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Use Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum in your AM routine to soothe redness and strengthen skin’s vital barrier—fast.
Puffiness under the eye increases as congestion and restless nights take their toll. To help alleviate fluid retention, start by lightly massaging puffy areas with clean fingertips to relieve swelling. Applying a cool (but not ice-cold) compress to your eye area can also help.
Follow up with a hydrating moisturizer to address the dryness around your eyes that can make swelling (and wrinkles) look worse. Opt for a decadently-rich, reparative formula like the Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream.
Note: If you have runny, itchy eyes, allergies may be another contributing factor to your puffiness issue. Visit your physician for diagnosis, and ask about taking an antihistamine or using anti-allergy eye drops (available over-the-counter or by prescription) to control the symptoms.
As unsexy as it sounds, being stuffed up from a cold or flu tends to result in more mouth-breathing and drooling through the night, which in turn worsens dry, chapped lips. Turn an emollient-rich lip balm into your "nighttime lip mask" by applying a generous layer before you go to bed to ensure smooth, hydrated lips in the morning.
During the day, maintain those results with a fragrance/flavor-free lip balm with SPF (or opt for a tinted version with SPF).
Even if you’re not up for doing your entire makeup routine, adding just a touch of blush to enliven dull skin makes a huge difference in treating Pasty-Resting Face syndrome—the trick is to apply it softly for a naturally flushed appearance. You can take it a step further with a light sweep of luminous highlighting powder along the tip of your cheekbones to add a hint of radiance.
Want one palette that can do all that and more? The Blush It On Contour Palette comes with four blush shades, a luminous highlighter and bronzer all in one that you can mix and match!
When it’s all said and done, kick back and relax. Start with freshly cleansed skin and go into a state of repair with a hydrating, soothing mask. Steer clear of masks that tingle (a sign that they’re causing pro-aging inflammation), and instead opt for a replenishing formula like Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask to heal dry skin, calm redness, and instantly restore radiance. And if you fall asleep wearing this mask, no worries: It’s perfectly fine to leave on overnight!
As simple as these hacks may be, they will go a long way to helping you look and feel better…and you may just find yourself repeating them on days you aren’t sick!
The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.
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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:
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