5 Skin Care and Beauty Tips for Cold and Flu Season
It seems that we're right in the middle of cold and flu season. In addition to feeling like you have been run over by a truck, when you are under the weather, your skin can reflect how you feel on the inside. We would like to share some of our best tips for your skin during cold and flu season:
1. Wash your hands.
Washing your hands with soap and warm water is your best line of defense against the germs that are out there floating around. No need for anti-bacterial soap, says the CDC. Unless you are a hospital visitor or in the medical field, regular soap and water will be effective. If there is no soap available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in a pinch.
2. Protect your hands.
With all of the extra handwashing, your hands need to be protected or else they will become dry or even chapped. Apply our award-winning Healthy Hand Cream to nourish, pamper, and protect your skin.
3. Stay hydrated.
If you are reaching for the over the counter cold remedies and decongestants, they often contain ingredients that can cause dehydration. We all know that drinking water is important, but when you are under the weather, fluids are even more important.
Speaking of hydration, it is cold. Most of us have our heat running pretty consistently throughout the winter months. That dry air zaps the moisture from the air, so you may want to consider using a humidifier.
After you step out of the shower, moisturize your skin with a silky and rich natural body cream. It is so important to keep your skin hydrated. Another tip: Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient that can hold 1000 times its weight in water. It is a real gem for dry skin because it can help plump the skin and retain moisture. We use this ingredient in our Extra Moisturizing Face Cream, which will quickly become a staple in your skincare routine.
Tip: Try our luxurious balm. You can use this multi-tasker to care for your lips, and areas of chapped skin around your nose - practically anywhere.
5. Use cucumber to soothe redness.
If you are frequently blowing your nose, chances are your nose is left feeling sore, raw, and looking red. Naturally soothing and cooling, Cucumber Distillate may offer your skin some relief. This ingredient is found in our Daily Facial Toner with Cucumber and if you apply a bit to a cotton pad and pat on the sides of your nose, it may help to alleviate the discomfort a bit. Cucumber is great for this, and you will also find it in our lightweight Daily Facial Moisturizer.
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I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.