Wake Up Your Face
Begin with a wake-up call that works a treat and will comfort your skin. Step number one is a splash of cold water. Okay, not the most pleasant of sensations, but the best way to revive your skin and get a glowing complexion. Secondly apply a serum 10 minutes before your day cream. Bursting with active ingredients, it'll repair your skin and protect it from the elements. You can apply the new L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence that penetrates 10 layers deep into your skin to hydrate and moisturize it from within. Its active ingredients like Salicylic Acid accelerates skin renewal & mildly exfoliates to refine pores & skin texture. Follow with a hydrating day cream and make sure you drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. Water and fruit/herbal teas will rehydrate and decongest your body as a whole. Finish off by boosting your circulation: gently pinch your cheekbones for an instantly rosy glow. Cover up any ruddy patches (nose, cheekbones, chin) with a green colour-correcting concealer - the best anti-blotch tone there is. Go for a fluid version as it'll nourish your skin, be easier to apply and won't further irritate your epidermis. Don't bother with foundation - it'll only rub off with all the nose blowing. Opt instead for a dab of pink blusher on your cheeks.
Work On Your Eyes
Our eyes often bear the first tell-tale signs of illness, and this further dulls our complexion. Puffy, red, heavy bags. Don't worry, there are plenty of ways to retrieve your wide-eyed Manga look. Reduce puffiness by placing a slice of cucumber on your eyes and leave for 10 minutes or use the back of teaspoons that have cooled in the fridge for a while. If your eyes are bloodshot or sore, a few drops of an over-the-counter treatment will do the trick. For a fresh-faced look apply a concealer that contains blurring agents, as these will mask unsightly bags. Dab a small amount on your bags and eyelids and gently blend it in with your finger. Apply a matt eyeshadow, as this will set better than an iridescent one. Opt for beige, brown or grey tones: avoid pinks and corals at all cost - they'll make your eyes look like a road map.
Sooth Your Irritated Skin
Constantly blowing a snotty nose has taken its toll. Red, irritated, painful. It's often your nose that bears the brunt of a stinking cold. Use a light moisturiser or a balm that is light on your irritated skin and soothe the redness and itchiness. A nourishing balm usually will prevent water from evaporating from the skin and instantly soothe and repairs your skin while leaving a protective layer. Don't use any scrubs, which will further irritate your skin, or face masks, which may well sting. A green colour-corrector followed by a concealer will cover up red patches, and a mattifying powder will deal with any shine.
Being sick is no excuse not to look flawless and beautiful. With these simple skincare tips and some confidence, you can still slay the world effortlessly.
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