Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Aveeno® but all opinions and views are my own.
I always manage to catch a flu or cold at the tail end of the year and it takes me a solid couple of weeks to recover. It’s honestly dreadful and I’m so glad I’ve finally bounced back! Catching a cold or flu during the winter months is inevitable and while you take the time to mend your health on the inside, what about recovering on the outside?
Yes, I’m referring to your skin! Did you know while enduring a cold your skin also suffers?! The skin around your nose, eyes, and mouth are hyper sensitive and often irritated, red, and chapped from all the sneezing, coughing, and rubbing. So why not give your skin some extra TLC when you start to feel human-like again?
My secret weapon is the AVEENO® Positively Radiant line of products. This collection is uniquely formulated to target tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots leaving your skin looking fresh, awake and luminous! I find the products very rejuvenating, which is the perfect skincare remedy after a cold.
There are two products in this line that I swear by for the face. The first is the 60 Second In-Shower Facial and the second is the Overnight Hydrating Facial. I LOVE the 60 Second In-Shower Facial because you can literally leave it in the shower and scrub onto your face while you’re washing your hair or body. No added time and no added mess while you achieve a facial-like experience all from the privacy of your own shower! This product is fabulous for after-cold care because it can gently exfoliate the dead skin away from around your nose, which is where I generally find the most damage.
In terms of the Overnight Hydrating Facial, it is designed so that you can benefit from it while you’re asleep. This product is applied and left on overnight to restore moisture and hydration, which is exactly what you will need after being sick for days or weeks. Your skin (and your body in general) often loses a lot of moisture during or after a cold, therefore this overnight treatment is a great choice for deep hydration.
Your skin can also become easily irritated by makeup and strong skincare products when it’s red and chapped. During this time consider using a mild cleansing wipe such AVEENO® Positively Radiant Make-up Removing Wipes. These wipes can gently remove all traces of make-up including waterproof mascara but are also ultra-soft and infused with moisture-rich soy extract that is formulated to improve radiance. They are great to store in your bathroom or take on the go in your purse as well!
When it comes to daily moisturizing, there are two great options, one for the face and one for the body. The all new Positively Radiant Body Lotion is what I use on the daily, recovering from a cold or not! It is creamy in texture yet fast absorbing and treats dullness and dryness for 24 hours, which means no need to reapply throughout the day. If you’ve not yet gotten into the habit of moisturizing your body daily, do it! I can’t stress how important it is to keep skin hydrated especially through the winter months. Trust me your skin will THANK you. In terms of application, the best time to lather up is just after a warm shower. Your pores are slightly open and your skin is clean and dewy, which can maximize absorption.
If you’re keen on introducing a face moisturizer while en route to recovery, the Sheer Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a feather light weight option that can help even out skin tone and texture while offering hydration and UV protection. My experience with products containing SPF is that it may differ on skin types. With that being said, it’s always good practice to try a small dab on a test area before applying over the full region.
In my opinion, spending some much needed self-care time AFTER a brutal cold is honestly great for the body, mind and soul! I definitely encourage you to find a day to relax, give your skin a great deep hydrating session and heal while you sleep with an overnight skincare option!
I also want to thank you for stopping by and following my journey as a proud AVEENO® Ambassador! Looking forward to introducing more wonderful product launches with you in the future! Lastly, hope ALL of you stay warm and healthy through the rest of this wet and cold season! I know I can’t wait until the warmth and sunshine arrive again!