I decided last week that I’d take a week off because I had so much on my plate and just needed a break. THEN last Friday, out of nowhere, I came down with a really terrible cold. Did four shows sick as a dog. Went home. Went to the doctor. Found out I have strep. Got medicine. Medicine keeps me awake. The only way to get better is to sleep. But I can’t. Because. MEDICINE.
So that’s been my weekend. However, it inspired me to write up a quick little post on my tips and tricks for looking and feeling less shitty than you feel. Even if it’s just a little, tiny, teensy bit.
#1 LIP BALM
When I’m sick I break out my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I have the lip balm version and the regular one that comes in the tube. There’s not much of a difference, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase the balm although the set is a good deal for your money. I keep the hand lotion in my car. They all do the same thing– Just different applicators. I also got a free Cowshed Lip balm last time I flew home from the UK. It’s pretty solid, and since it was free I don’t mind infecting it with my GERMS.
#2 BASIC MOISTURIZER
My nose is so red and sore. You know that feeling you get when a face mask is drying on your skin? That’s what my nose feels like now. Just all the time. That’s my actual skin. Disgusting. My go-to fix for sick, dry, cracked skin is by Simple. It’s their Nourishing Skin Day/ Night cream. No SPF. Doesn’t burn the broken skin around my nose. A win all around. I’ll also dab some Bio Oil around my nose to take down some of the redness which helps a little bit. Nothing really helps when you’re expelling half your body weight in mucus on a daily basis.
Even though I can’t smell it right now, there’s something about dousing myself in Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere right after a shower that instantly makes me feel more like a human when I’m sick. Doesn’t have to be Chanel. Whatever your favorite perfume is. But No. 5 will always make you feel like you have your shit together. Even if you’re a mouth breathing mess who passes out on her bed still in her robe immediately afterwards.
#4 BODY OIL
I usually double up on moisturizer when I’m sick because my body just decides to spend all it’s energy generating snot and my skin gets extra dry. That’s scientific fact. I don’t own any fancy body oil, so I always just go for baby oil and a cheap moisturizer. Nivea or Jergens always do the trick.
Last but not least….
#5 HAIR MASK
In keeping with the extra hydration theme of this post, always spring for a hair mask. Odds are you’re going to take longer showers if you’re sick. Probably because it’s the only time you can breathe like a normal person. Don’t just waste time. Slap a hair mask on. At the very least, you’ll have nice soft hair. Check out my post to see which ones I recommend.
That’s about it for now. My show closes in two more weeks, so when I’m home and healthy I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule! Do you have any tips or tricks that make you feel and look better when you’re ill? Let me know in the comments.
Seriously guys. I look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.