Colds & Flus: Looking After Your Skin

March 26, 2024

Colds and flus can have a dramatic effect on our skin. They increase our skin sensitivity, remove moisture and generally leave our skin looking sallow, dry and dull. The area around our nose tends to be the most sensitive, especially when we frequently blow our nose. It can also cause an increase in acne and blackheads from inflammation and irritation.
As moisture is drawn out of our skin it is left feeling dry. This lack of moisture leads to the skin becoming dull and lose its natural glow. It can even cause our lips to become sore and chapped from dehydration. You may even get cold sores from being run down.
There are several things we can do when ill to help protect our skin and maintain as much moisture and glow as possible.

What Can I do to Help my Skin?

  • Cool, Short Showers: When you are sick you want to avoid long hot showers as hot water helps to dry skin out and remove moisture.

  • Gentle Cleansers: Use gentle cleansers and products to prevent any sensitivity and irritation.

  • Extra Moisture: Increase your moisture with heavier and deeply hydrating products and at-home facial treatments.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids and be sure to take your daily vitamins – particularly vitamin C to boost your immune system and vitamins B & D for overall skin health.

  • Keep it Simple: As your body is focusing on getting you better, keep your routine simple and avoid invasive treatments, including exfoliation as your barrier may be compromised!

  • Protect the Lips: Repeatedly protect your lips from becoming chapped with a hydrating, moisturising lip SPF such as our Albus Flora SPF tinted lip balm.

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