When you feel under the weather, taking care of your skin may be the last thing on your mind. However, dehydration, a weakened immune system, and altered hormone levels can all take their toll on your skin when you are ill. When fighting off a cold, flu, or other illness, the proper skincare routine can help you look and feel your best. Many people forget to factor in their skincare routine when sick and wind up with irritated or dry skin. Fortunately, you can take plenty of simple steps to ensure that your skin remains healthy while battling an illness.
Types of Skincare Products to Use When Sick
When you have a cold or flu, it’s important to take extra care of your skin. While skincare basics remain the same, some adjustments must be made to accommodate a weakened immune system. Many skincare products can help to soothe the dryness and irritation that often come with being sick. Essential products that should be used when ill include cleansers, moisturizers, and lip balm.
Cleansers should be light but effective at removing sweat and oil buildup from your skin. Ingredients like aloe vera can provide soothing relief while removing dirt without stripping away natural oils. Gentle exfoliators will also help keep skin clear by unclogging pores without irritating it. For best results, stick to mild formulas that contain ingredients such as oatmeal and honey to nourish skin while cleansing away impurities.
The skin on your face is sensitive and can become dry, irritated, and cracked. Moisturizers are essential for every skin type but are especially important when sick, as they keep the skin hydrated and protect it from further damage. A hydrating face cream will help replenish moisture lost due to the cold weather and dry indoor air. Apply a generous amount of cream to your face and neck morning and night.
Another type of product that can be helpful is a lip balm. Cold weather can cause the skin on your lips to become dry and chapped. Lip balm will help to protect your lips from the elements and keep them hydrated.
Which Types of Ingredients Avoid When Sick
Cleansers and moisturizers are essential for maintaining healthy skin, even when ill. Look for mild cleansers and hydrating moisturizers that won’t strip away natural oils or irritate sensitive skin.
Furthermore, it is important to avoid harsh ingredients such as retinol or exfoliating acids that could irritate or dry out your sensitive skin further. According to the Cleveland Clinic, retinol increases cellular turnover in the top layer of skin, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. However, when someone is unwell, this process can disrupt their weakened immune system, causing further inflammation and discomfort.
Exfoliating acids like lactic acid or glycolic acid help remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin. Still, they also strip away natural oils that protect against bacteria and viruses. Not only will this worsen existing blemishes, but it could also lead to infection.
The Importance of Following the Directions on the Skincare Product
Following your skin care product’s directions is especially important when you feel ill. The instructions on the product label help ensure that you won’t overuse any one active ingredient or cause an adverse reaction from too much contact with certain ingredients.
Your skin also helps protect your body from germs and bacteria, so if you don’t follow the directions, it could impair its ability to do so. That’s why it’s’ important to know how often and how much of a particular skincare product you should use when sick. Pay attention to what kind of ingredients are in the product and any warnings or cautions on the label.
Skincare while sick can be a challenge. Our skin is more sensitive and vulnerable during periods of illness, so it’s essential to be mindful and practice self-care. Follow our tips for gentle, nourishing skincare that will help your skin recover quickly. Permit yourself to take the time you need to rest and protect your skin health by avoiding aggressive products during this period.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.