I’m going to lay my cards on the table and say I’ve been lucky enough to avoid the flu for the past few years.
I put it down to being relatively healthy but this year it got me really badly.
It started with a tickle in my throat and very quickly escalated into full on pains, shivers, coughing, sneezing and headaches.
I was lucky enough to be able to spend two sick days in bed but after that life called, and I felt awful.
If you’re in depths of an illness, and really feeling sick and horrible, here are a few beauty tips to at least make you look good so that you can face the world.
I found a warm bath really helped with the aches and by adding in Epsom salts it aids detoxification. I particularly like the Dead Sea Magik ones.
They contain magnesium and potassium which helps to soothe away aches and pains. If you add in some lavender and eucalyptus oil it will really aid your breathing as well.
Have the towels warming on your heater and stay as warm as possible afterwards.
My hair was awful. It was greasy and limp and on day three, when the illness was at it’s worst and the aches were so bad that putting on a jumper was about as much as I could manage, the idea of lifting a hairdryer seemed impossible.
Equally, walking around with wet hair down my back would have been a disaster. This is one incidence where I will say throw money at the problem.
When the aches were so bad that putting on a jumper was about as much as I could manage, the idea of lifting a hairdryer seemed impossible.
A good blow dry will make you feel a million times better and with the benefit of dry shampoo you wont have to attempt to do it for a few days yourself until your energy is back.
Trudi Hayes, an excellent stylist herself, has set up Raven App where a team of hand picked stylists are available to come to you in the comfort of your home. For €35 you can have your hair washed and dried. Honestly this can make all the difference to how you feel.
Obviously a cold will drain your whole body but it can also take a huge toll on your skin.
A sleep-in mask like the YonKa Hydra No.1 Masque with its time release system drip feeds the skin super hydration all night long with skin proven to be 96% more hydrated after eight hours.
I would recommend applying a thin layer 1-3 nights a week depending on how dry and stressed your skin is.
If you have any areas that are particularly dry – for me it was around my nose which was sore and flaky from all the blowing – apply a little more of this throughout the day.
Not that you will be thinking of it if you are at home, but if duty calls and it’s not an option to go sans make-up opt for soothing products as your skin will be extra sensitive.
I am a long term fan of mineral make-up but my absolute favourite foundation is the Bare Minerals Bare Pro.
It’s a liquid which is preferable to the powders when your skin already feels dry. It feels so light but the coverage is phenomenal.
A light layer of this, set with Mineral veil will conceal most of the redness without upsetting your skin too much.
It’s also contains bamboo stem extract for a naturally matte, soft focus finish, while papaya enzymes gently improve skin’s texture so it’s doing your skin some good as well!
Most importantly I hope you get a chance to rest up and heal.
‘Til next week!
Holly White is a Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster, and blogs on all things fashion, style, wellness, beauty, health and fitness on www.Holly.ie.