6 Skincare and Beauty Tips for Cold and Flu Season
Cold and flu season are here with a vengeance. According the Centers for Disease Control, all states with the exception of Oregon and Hawaii, are in the the midst of widespread flu activity.
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.
5. Consider aromatherapy.
Are you still using that potentially harmful rub that rhymes (rightfully so) with Icks to help ease congestion? Instead of using that, consider natural aromatherapy. Eucalyptus Essential Oil, for example, is a remarkable natural decongestant. You can have this added to your Seed Body Oil, Body Wash or Body Lotion by choosing our Custom Blends option, plus we offer some great Beneficial Blends with Eucalyptus Essential Oil added.
6. 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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