Forget the Balsam tissues and Vick's Vapour rub (both of which I do swear by) this post is all about perking up your complexion when a Summer cold has went to work on your immune system. Your thoughts may all revolve around napping and warm soup but your skin will tell a different story. You are welcome. Jokes aside if you are currently feeling a little under the weather, feel better soon!
As soon as I become run down my skin goes rather crazy, it becomes rather dry and blemish prone. When it comes to skin care I bust out my trusty Clarins Blue Orchid Skin Oil which quickly replenishes any lost moisture and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and soft once again. At around the £30 a bottle I understand that this is not going to suit everyone's budget, a great alternative is Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil which costs £4.99. For busting blemishes quickly I rely on two Origins products : Origins Clear Improvement Face Mask and Origins Spot Remover Blemish Pads. The mask de-congests my skin, removing any trapped oil or dirt and the blemish pads dry out any existing blemishes as well as exfoliating the skin. Both are fairly quick fixes which is great when all you want to do is nap! If on a budget look for a clay mask such as Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask and for blemish pads I have heard that the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads are great dupes for the Origins version.
Unsurprisingly the skin on my body dries out too and although I am not normally a huge fan of lavender scented products yet Steamcream gets my vote. This lightweight cream come lotion quickly absorbs into the skin hydrating as it goes and I find the lavender fragrance helps me to get a better nights sleep when bunged up with the cold. Oh it also doesn't hurt that it is a multi-purpose cream (you can even use it on your face) and completely natural too!
I personally swear by Bath and Body Works Stress Relief candle to de-congest but as that is less than easy to track down in the UK I suggest popping a few drops of eucalyptus oil in an oil burner. It is far cheaper and will give the exact same results. If you are having difficulty sleeping the Neom Real Luxury Candle is a good shout!
When it comes to make-up I think less is more is the way to go when your skin is less than behaving. I tend to begin with an illuminating base either Chanel Blanc de Chanel (which now comes with a pump) or Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base to add a little radiance to my dull skin. I then quickly conceal my under eyes which are currently plagued wit dark circles. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is my go to, it is lightweight yet high coverage, doesn't crease and can be used on blemishes too! I have spoken about Maybelline Better Skin Concealer being the best dupe for this concealer many a time, the only problem with the Maybelline version is that the shade range is limited and it tends to oxidise.
Dull skin needs a good illuminating foundation and with my skin being slightly drier than usual I do rely heavily on Clarins True Radiance Foundation, it doesn't cling to dry areas, brightens and wears so, so well. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is the perfect dupe I just don't currently have a well matched shade within my stash or it would be getting more love. Hello washed out skin!
You have the cold, your warm, your flushed and in all honesty most likely don't need any additional blush? Yep sounds pretty familiar and yet I still apply a little of Clinique Chubby Stick for Cheeks in Roly Poly Rosy. The colour is entirely natural and helps even out my cheeks (they are a little blotchy at the moment), being a cream formulation it also doesn't cling to any dry areas and wears exceptionally well. Those with a more even skin tone than myself can skip this step entirely.
Oh and for go the super nude lipsticks, one thing I have learned in the last few days is that when you are washed out nude lipsticks do not help the cause. Instead I have been slicking on either a tinted balm or a slightly deeper and peachy toned nude such as NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella. The satin formula is more forgiving than a flat nude, less prone to collecting in lines and dry patches and generally adds a little life to my face. This is just my current go to shade there is plenty of similar tones and formulas out there.
Excuse me while I go and watch Friends re-runs while I feel sorry for myself.