I recently had a reader ask me how to take care of your skin when you are sick.
Good question as flu and cold season is here!
When you are sick, the last thing you probably think of is your skin. You’re feeling weak or tired and any strength you have is most likely spent towards mustering up enough energy to take your medications. But, think about it for a second. You’re coughing, sneezing, sweating, etc and it would good to at least try to remove some that off. If you can take a shower, it’s easy to just cleanse your face and rinse off. If you don’t have enough energy for that, you can lightly moisten your skin with lukewarm water, apply your cleanser and remove it by using a few cotton rounds-this way you don’t have to leaning over the sink.
The key here is to keep it basic: a gentle cleanser, toner and moisturizer. That’s it. Don’t exfoliate, use retinols or AHAs/BHAs. Why? Certain medications can cause your skin to become sensitive temporarily, prompting a reaction or irritation when there would otherwise be none. Once you’re all better, you can slowly reintroduce these ingredients back into your skincare routine.
I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. How do make yourself feel better when you are sick?