Everywhere I look, I find someone with a cold. Obviously, with my 4-hour nights, I couldn’t avoid it indefinitely. So the last few days have been all about sneezing, coughing and headaching (I know, it’s not a word, but it should be).
So, yup, I’m sick. That’s why I’ve been so quiet in the last few days. Now that I can actually open my eyes and sit straight without fainting, I want to share some beauty tricks with you guys on how to NOT look sick when you feel like you’re about to die.
Why am I entitled to give such advice? Well last Friday, I did a photoshoot for Elle Québec December issue (stay tuned, it should be out in November!). That morning, I woke up with my face stuffed, like if my eyes, cheeks and forehead were all merging with my nose. I basically looked like a chipmunk, but not the cute kind. So with some skincare magic (which I’m sharing with you today), I was able to go incognito.
Honestly, if you have the luxury of staying home, don’t even bother reading this post. Order some tonki soup, watch Netflix and move as little as possible. However, if you have some commitments and you don’t want to deal with people saying “Are you okay? You look sick”, this one is for you.
1. Energize your skin
A cold is usually accompanied by a lackluster skin. For a little kick, this mask by Bliss is pretty amazing. It’s like a shot of oxygen, packed with vitamin C, antioxydants and moisturizing agents. You leave it on for 5 minutes and your complexion is instantly more even and luminous. A cold… what cold?
2. De-puff your eyes
Your sinuses are blocked, you probably look like you cried all night long. Truth is, you didn’t. (Or did you? If so, call me. We’ll go for a coffee :) My ultimate trick: put some eye patches in the freezer when you jump in the shower. By the time you get out, they’ll be refreshingly cool and will help with the swelling. Klorane does amazing ones at a very good price.
3. Treat your chapped lips
You’re hot, you’re cold, you cough… Your lips are all dried, plus they probably hurt. The Sugar Lip Treatment by Fresh has become a cult product amongst beauty addicts and for good reasons. The mix of reparative oils, sugar, plumping essential fatty acids, grapeseed antioxydants and vitamins A,C and E protects your pout while moisturizing it. Oh and it has a yummy citrus scent!
4. Target dry skin patches
Your new best friend: a Kleenex box. Your new enemy: cracked skin. To treat that kind of lesions, you need heavy duty stuff, like this ointment by Thera Wise. It’s going to become your life savvier, no joke. I’ve been using it on cuts and healing pimples and it makes the scarring go so much faster. Apply a thick layer around your nose (or anywhere) up to 5 times a day. The plant-based healing extracts will take care of the rest.
5. Stay hydrated!
Now is time to drink a ridiculous amount of water and put on that heavy moisturizing cream and face oil that you usually keep for harsh winter time. One of my favourite treatment is Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense targeted for very dry skin. It’s an oil-free gel base mixture that leaves your skin plumped and luminous. For an extra brightening effect, massage Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil onto your skin before going to bed. It will improve the cell renewal and toxin elimination process.
Let me know about your anti-cold beauty tricks!