It is winter recess in my house right now with both of my teen kids home for a week from school. Before the bell could even ring on the last day of classes, I received a call from the school nurse saying my daughter was coughing uncontrollably with a fever of 100 degrees. Yippee! I mean, what would a “vacation” be without someone sick in the house? That evening, the countdown began as to how long it would take before the entire house got what she had. It did’t take long. I got a sore throat that night, my son woke up with a cough two days later, and last night at 3 a.m. my husband got a raging fever complete with the chills and sweats. At 9 a.m. this morning, I was awoken by my cat sneezing on my ankle. Now THAT is what I call a household epidemic.
After a trip to my local doc-in-a-box, I have been told I am the proud new owner of a sinus infection. Charming. Although I am fan of all glamour and skin care, it is really hard to think about any type of plumpers, oils and exfoliants when my head feels like an almond in a nutcracker and my body feels like an overcooked piece of pasta. No matter how sick any glam goddess is, there are things that need to be tended to even during these down days. They do’t take much effort but you’ll be glad you paid attention to them even during this miserable time:
- Wash your face every day, even if you do’t put on any makeup. You might not have your regular routine on your face, but that does’t mean your cell renewal has stopped! Running a fever can cause you to sweat more which can mean your pores can get clogged too. Using very light cleanser on your face before bed will keep your face clean and clear. Make sure the water you use is cool””definitely not hot! Sassy’s pick: Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser
- Moisturize your face. Between running a fever, blowing your nose constantly, and losing fluids, I can guarantee you will get dehydrated””inside and out. And we all know that dry skin causes wrinkles! Drink as much water as you can, and do’t forget to use a lightweight moisturizer on your face at least once a day (more often if you notice you’re getting flaky). Try to avoid ones with SPF’s if you are going to stay inside””the fewer chemicals on your face when you’re sick, the better. Sassy’s pick: Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin Oil Free Moisturizer
- Moisturize your body! You do’t just get a fever on your forehead you know. It is all through your body! That means you are losing precious oils and moisture from head to toe. Make sure you take a shower with water just warm enough to tolerate, and use a rich moisturizer when you get out while your body is still damp. Find a rich one with a natural oils and botanical extracts to lock in your body’s natural moisture. Leave the heavily fragranced lotions for when you are feeling well. You most likely wo’t smell them that good anyways and you may end up overloading on the scent. Sassy’s pick: Tree Hut’s Shea Body Butter
- Lip Balm is your new best friend. Your nose is plugged. You’re breathing through your mouth. You’re sneezing every ten minutes. You’re blowing your nose. You’re coughing non-stop. You are drinking something constantly. Just about every symptom and every remedy is causing you to dry out your lips. This is the time where glamour goes out the window. You need a rich, long-lasting, moisturizing balm. No color, no flavor, no gloss. Just good, old-fashioned “Keep my lips from feeling like corn flakes” lip balm. Keep it next to your bed or in your pocket and put it on whenever you can. Sassy’s pick: Avo’s Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Moisturizing Lip Treatment
- Pamper yourself a little. You are stuck inside, maybe even in bed. Daytime TV is so boring, and you’re getting a little stir crazy. If you are up to it, use this “down time” to treat yourself to something that will lift your spirits. Give yourself a DIY manicure with a nail polish that is bright and cheerful and reminds you of spring and warmer weather. (Try not to trim your cuticles though–they can be dry and could bleed while you are sick if you cut or push them.) And after you are done, do’t forget to use a good hand cream too. Excessive hand washing with anti-bacterial soap while you are feeling down and out can really dry them out. Sassy’s pick: Sephora by OPI’s “Go With The Flow-er” Nail Colour and Curel’s Hand And Cuticle Cream
As I recover from my passing bug, my hope is that none of you catch it. But if you do, take care of you! Get as much rest as you can, drink plenty of fluids, and listen to your body. Soon you will be feeling refreshed and revived, and even you will be red-carpet ready again in no time!
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