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Sometimes, even if you are a bit under the weather, there is little time to rest. Life goes on as usual – with work meetings and school drop-offs – with tissue in hand. If you have a cold, you may think that beautiful skin is out the question and having beautiful skin may even likely be the last thing on your mind. But, if you still have to show up, why not look your best… especially if it happens to be an important event like a wedding or family party. Your cold may only last a few days, but those pictures can last a lifetime. So, if you’ve already RSVP’d or are expected to make an appearance, consider giving these skin care tips from Dr. Rocio Rivera: Scientific Communications Director, L'Oréal Expert Paris a try so that you can still have beautiful skin even if you aren’t exactly feeling your best.
Start fresh. If you’ve been sick for a few days you may have been skipping an essential skin care step: Cleansing. For beautiful skin, start with a clean canvas. Remove any residual makeup residue with a toner or makeup wipe and then wash your face with a cleanser. If your skin is oily try a foaming cleanser, and if it is on the drier side consider using a nourishing cream cleanser.
Consider applying a face mask with eucalyptus. Once you’ve cleaned the surface of your skin, consider further purifying and mattifying it with L’Oréal’s Pure-Clay Mask + Eucalyptus. This clay mask is formulated with Kaolin + Montmorillonite + Moroccan Lava Clays and immediately draws out and absorbs build-ups of surface impurities, dirt and oils. It also helps reduce excess shine so your skin can breathe a little better. The clay mask is also enhanced with the botanical benefits of a nature-sourced ingredient, Eucalyptus Leaf Extract, to help tired skin look reenergized. “Simply apply an even layer to clean dry skin, avoiding your eye and lip area,” recommends Dr. Rivera, “Then leave the clay mask on for 10 to 15 minutes before removing with warm water. For best results use 3 times a week.”
Use lightweight moisturizers. If you’ve been sick, you may want to opt for lightweight serums and creams in place of heavier options. Your skin may be able to absorb these highly concentrated formulas better so that areas that may be dry like under your nose or around your eyes can benefit from a surge of hydration.
Apply a cold compress to your eyes. You may have dark circles and under eye bags, because it’s difficult to sleep through the night with a cold. Before applying your makeup, take a few minutes to address the area with a cold compress – a chilled eye mask, frozen chamomile tea bags or cold cucumber slices can help to temporally de-puff the look of this area. Better yet, Dr Rivera recommends that you “Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect when in the morning.”
Encourage a natural-looking glow. Your skin may be pale-looking, because you have been sick. Give your complexion a long lasting glow by applying a self-tanner formulated for your face. Look for a formula that is streak-free and will easily wash away once you’re ready. Dr. Rivera personally favors the Sublime Bronze™ Self-Tanning Serum, “It lasts up to 2 weeks and you can mix it with your regular moisturizer, it gives a subtle yet buildable tan that is simply sublime -- and you will not get tempted to go tan out in the sun.”
Carry blotting papers with you. If your skin is a little clammy, consider packing along some blotting papers so that you can touch up your otherwise beautiful skin throughout your day or event. Using RevitaLift®Miracle Blur on top of your makeup throughout the day will help the shiny areas appear less oily and “You will immediately look refreshed,” shares Dr. Rivera.
Even though these skin care tips can help, the best way to regroup your body and foster beautiful skin is to get enough rest and to stay hydrated. Even if your daily responsibilities need your attention try to find time to rest and take care of yourself so that you’ll be feeling better as soon as possible.