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Best skincare when you have a cold or flu

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Often the transition of a new season brings with it an influx of coughs, colds & Flus. So how can you take care of your skincare when you’re feeling under the weather? Here are my tips:

1. Using a humidifier in your bedroom at night will giveback the moisture to your skin. If you’ve got a chill & cranked up the heating, the air will be dry and it will take moisture wherever it can get it – and that can mean from your skin. Decongestants can also dehydrate the skin leaving it especially parched and dry. By using a humidifier in your bedroom at night, it will keep moisture in the air which will maintain hydration levels in the skin to keep skin feeling comfortable & loosen a tight chest or blocked nose.

2. Applying a cold gel mask to the skin (we love Vitage Aloe Skin Calming Gel) will put moisture back in the skin to keep it looking moist and dewy. Another benefit of the cold nature of gel masks is the relief it can provide to a pounding head and achy face from all the congestion, the Aloe Vera content will help to heal & soothe sore noses. To make the gel mask even colder, put it in the refrigerator for an hour prior to using.

3) All that blowing of the nose and friction from the tissues means the nose area can quickly become red, dry and irritated. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area to provide instant comfort and reduce damage. Look for a product rich in ceramides and cholesterol which will replace the fats the skin will be losing.

4. Add one drop of Tea Tree and one drop of Lavender essential oil to your cleansing product. It will help to decongest your nose, fight infection and heal the skin too.

5. Drink lots of water! This is more for your body than for your skin. Opt for warm water so your cells can absorb it more efficiently and add fresh lemon & ginger to add a Vitamin infused warming zing! Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down.

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Information courtesy of Louise Thomas-Minns Celebrity Skin Therapist & founder of www.uandyourskin.co.uk