The Sick Babe's Guide To Beauty
It seems that late winter/early spring is the prime season for sickness. Whether you've caught the flu, a vicious cold, or just a bad case of allergies (*raises hand*), it's likely that the majority of you reading this have been battling some sort of illness recently. Spending a week fighting congestion and body aches is such a huge bummer. It can really throw us off our game, and is even worse if we have to leave the house for school or work. For those of you currently struggling with the sniffles, here's my tried-and-true beauty guide that always ensures I can battle sick days without looking like a red-nosed zombie.
When I'm feeling under the weather, my beauty routines become far more simple than usual, with the majority revolving around skincare rather than makeup. I'm one of those lazy sick people who would rather stay in bed than have to do anything, so cleansing face wipes are a must. These come in so handy when you don't have the energy to do your entire skincare routine. I've been loving the Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes* lately because they get my skin really clean and they're super saturated. A couple other favorites of mine are the Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes and the Formula 10.0.6 Keep Me Clean Purifying Facial Wipes.
A cool facial mist is exactly what you need to feel refreshed, especially if you're battling a fever or just feeling crummy in general. These have become super popular over the past couple years and there are so many on the market now, so you can definitely find one to suit your needs. I'm a big fan of Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist* because it's so calming and hydrating, as well as Mario Badescu's Rosewater Facial Spray for a more affordable option. If you're a crafty DIYer, you can easily whip up your own batch for you and your friends!
Every time I get sick my skin becomes so dry (more so than normal), so I try to focus on products that will provide extra hydration. Josie Maran's Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil is one such product, and it's a favorite of mine because it can be used for so many different things. Dry patches? Chapped lips? Cracked cuticles? This nourishes it all. Sickness can be so draining to our skin, and a hydrating cream that truly does it all is such a huge help to restore health and fight dullness. And trust me, being sick can make your skin look super lackluster.
If you're anything like me when I'm ill, you are likely to have some pretty intense dark circles and under eye bags. For those days when you have to force yourself to go out in public despite being sick, a heavy duty concealer can work wonders at helping you appear alive and healthy. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is one that covers up absolutely everything, and can be easily blended out with your ring finger so you don't have to spend a lot of time to make your face look even. A few pops of this onto your face will have you looking from sleep-deprived zombie to well-rested and refreshed.
When I'm feeling sick I can't be bothered to layer on a bunch of makeup, but there's always one product I cannot go without - mascara. It helps make my eyes look more open and awake, and I feel like going without is a dead giveaway that I'm not feeling my best. On days where I'm just wearing mascara on my eyes and nothing else, I always try to go for one that does everything - curls, lifts, lengthens, and adds volume. My favorite mascara to grab is Maybelline's Lash Sensational in Blackest Black. It's like giving a shot of adrenaline to my lashes, and they always look amazing all day long.
Tinted Lip Balm
One thing that I always hate about getting sick is when my lips get all dry and chapped. It's something that I've come to expect from falling ill, so when I start to feel myself coming down with something nasty, I always make sure I have lots of lip balms and salves handy. I really like tinted balms like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose - that way if I need to leave the house for the day, I can have a little color on my lips without sacrificing any sun protection or moisture.
What are your go-to products when you fall ill?