It’s the time of year again. You feel a tingle in the back of your throat and your nose starts running. Before you know it, it’s a full-blown cold. Colds and looking good don’t exactly go hand in hand – but there’s a few things you can do to avoid the effect of the dreaded cold on your beauty regime. No one will ever know!
The telltale sign of a cold is the red nose. It’s inevitable that your nose is going to be sore after blowing your nose, but there are a few things you can do to minimise it.
Combat the dry skin and redness around your nose by moisturising – a lot! As the area is going to be so dry, you can get away with more moisturiser than you might normally use. Carry it around with you and give the skin around your nose a moisture boost a few times a day, or whenever you think it needs it.
2. Use Vaseline
Another great way of avoiding the telltale red nose is to use Vaseline. Apply it underneath your nose throughout the day and you’ll find that blowing your nose won’t irritate the skin half as much. The wonders of Vaseline!
3. Treat your skin to a steam facial
If you want to get to the root of the cause and work on your skin from the inside out, a steam facial is perfect. You can do this at home by getting a bowl of boiling water (I usually add a few drops of Olbas Oil but you can add what you want), putting a towel over your head and breathing it in for 5-10 minutes. Not only will this open your pores and let out any dirt, but it’ll also do wonders to clear your airways and get rid of that horrible ‘stuffy’ feeling. Win-win!
4. Use foundation with a ‘glow’
Colds tend to leave you with an unsightly sickly pallor. When you’re feeling rubbish, your skin doesn’t look great either. On an everyday basis, I usually use a very natural, light foundation, but when I have a cold, I reach for a slightly more heavy-duty foundation that gives you a bit of a glow. I find Rimmel’s BB Cream leaves my skin looking a lot brighter and more refreshed, despite the fact that it’s rather thick.
5. Apply concealer in all the right places
Another way to start looking like you again is to tackle the tired, red eyes that colds tend to bring. Applying concealer on the skin just next to the tearbud will instantly make you look more alert. Lightly dab some under your eyes and around your nose to look less zombie-like.
6. Give you face some colour
Blusher is also a lifesaver when you’re sick. The oldest and most effective trick in the book is to smile and follow your cheekbones. I also always blow off the excess powder before applying to make absolutely sure I don’t look like a drag queen! I really think that blusher isn’t one of those things you have to pay a lot for. I have a perfectly good cheap one by 17.
7. Use white eyeliner on the waterline
White eyeliner on the waterline makes you look bright-eyed and fresh – perfect for hiding the fact that you’d much rather be curled up in bed! Finish this off with some mascara and you’re ready to face the world.
It can be great to cover up being sick using make up, but it’s always better to work on recovering from a cold rather than covering it up. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. You’ll be back to your glamorous self in no time!