5 Ways To Look Well When You Have A Nasty Cold

Don’t let that cold keep you from looking hot, know what I mean?
Publish date:
January 6, 2015
hydration, face masks, moisturization, cold symptons, getting sleep, redness relief, winter cold

While we haven't found a quick cure for the common cold, modern medicine has found plenty of ways to boot those nasty symptoms. Sniffles, sneezes, aches, and pains are no fun at all, but many of us can’t put our entire lives on hold every time we feel slightly under the weather. Daily tasks and unbendable schedules mean we must push ever onward, and we should try (or try to try) to look good doing it.

I’ve got some tips for keeping your beauty game on lock while you beat that cold into submission.

Go H.A.M. On Hydration

When you’re sniffling, sneezing, and sweating, you need to double up on your liquid intake. Carry a water bottle and opt for good ol’ H2O over caffeinated beverages and energy drinks that will further dehydrate you.

Get Those Precious Zs

Sleepless nights will wreck your complexion quicker than you can say “NyQuil” five times fast. Find a good over the counter nighttime cold medicine to ease your symptoms through the night. I find NyQuil leaves me a bit too groggy, but Mucinex does the trick pretty well. Figure out what works for you.

A good bedtime beverage can go a long way as well. Skip the alcohol (sorry) and brew some Sleepytime Tea, melatonin, or valerian root. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra Wellness Tea with valerian root is my new bedside BFF.

Buy Quality Tissues

Sometimes I balk when people spend extra on silly things, but pricier toilet paper and tissues are always worth it. Trust me. When you’re rubbing them on your precious skin every day, you want more than glorified construction paper. Opt for maximum softness and thickness, and get the kind with lotion in them if you can. The skin around your nose will thank me later.

Moisturize Like Your Life Depends On It

Speaking of your nose, that skin around it is bound to get a bit tender from all the action it gets in these sniffly months. Keep an extra moisturizing balm or lotion in your purse to keep it soft and smooth. These days, I’m using Glossier Balm Dotcom, an all purpose skin salve.

If you do start to peel, exfoliate the peeling skin very softly with a washcloth and warm water, before moisturizing like you’ve never moisturized before.

Cancel Out That Redness

Your skin is bound to get a bit red and irritated when you’ve got a cold. Cancel it out with products and skin care. Clinique’s anti-redness line is great if your skin is prone to redness, but for quick fixes, I turn to masks and sprays. I still use this DIY green tea toner spray I wrote about last year when my face gets all red.

For a quick, calming DIY mask, mix together oatmeal, manuka honey, and water the consistency becomes spreadable. Put it in the fridge to cool slightly and then apply and let set for 10 to 15 minutes. Oatmeal (pulverized oats, not instant oatmeal) and manuka honey are rich in moisture and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you’re not much for DIY, turn to some classic drugstore face masks, like Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque or Garnier Fructis Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask. I turn to these two masks again and again when my skin is red or irritated.

And now I turn to you, comment section coven.

  • What do you do when you’re under the weather but you’ve still got to face the world?
  • Got any ride-or-die tricks for stopping a cold right in its tracks?