Most of us succumb to a horrid cold at least once a year; if you’re lucky it’s the perfect excuse to tuck into a vat of homemade chicken soup and spend a few days snuggled beneath a mountain of blankets. For those times when you have no choice but to face the world (even though it’s the last thing you feel like doing) we’ve pulled together a cheat sheet for conquering the visible signs of a cold, from red noses and puffy eyes to dull, lacklustre skin. Read on to discover our top tips, tricks and products to disguise flu-face this season, so at least you can look better than you feel…
How To Conceal A Red Nose?
When tissues become a handbag staple and you find yourself spending a large proportion of your day attempting to muffle a serious case of the sniffles, it’s a pretty good indication a cold is settling in. Constant streaming and blowing can lead to inflammation and irritation, leaving your nose feeling sore and red. When this happens try to avoid touching or rubbing the area and steer clear of vigorous cleansing so not to aggravate any flaking. Before attempting to disguise a red nose, the first thing to remember is this is a three-step process: hydrate, correct and conceal. For a smooth base it’s important to make sure the area is properly moisturised to avoid flaking or piling, an oil works well here as it sinks in quickly. Next, remember the trick for camouflaging a red nose begins with colour correcting.
‘Using a green shade will neutralise redness because it’s on the opposite side of the colour wheel,’ explains James Webster, National Makeup Artist for Laura Mercier UK & Ireland. We love Becca’s Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Pistachio, which has a green light-reflecting hue and a balmy texture that’s easy to blend into rough, irritated skin. For the final concealing step, choose a product as close to your natural tone as possible. James recommends steering clear of anything too reflective or emollient and instead opting for a matte finish like Laura Mercier’s dual-toned Secret Camouflage Concealer that has a soothing camomile infused formula ideal for vulnerable skin. It’s likely you’ll need to reapply during the day after any pesky nose-blowing so keep your concealing kit handy if you’ve got a big event.
How To Reduce Puffy Eyes?
Puffy, swollen eyes are another common cold symptom usually related to inflamed sinuses and congested nasal passages, which can often be made worse by disrupted sleep during times of illness. With less oil glands than on the rest of your face, the eye area is typically drier and more prone to fine lines so load up on hydrating and nourishing eye creams or lotions. When it comes to de-puffing, caffeine has a constricting effect that helps speed the process along; you can find it in Patchology’s Eye Revive FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels, which infuse the area with a potent hit of caffeine to reduce any lingering puffiness. The best bit? You only need to keep them on for five minutes to enjoy the benefits.
The method of application for your eye cream is important too. Make sure you pat it in rather than rubbing which can tug at the delicate skin. Gently tapping and massaging the area during product application can stimulate lymph drainage which will reduce puffiness. For a helping hand Dr Sebagh’s Supreme Eye Serum has a cooling rollerball which applies light pressure to the area to reduce swelling when circulated.
How To Boost Radiance?
‘When you’re under the weather, your body’s immune system and defences including your skin barrier are at their weakest,’ says Kiehl’s Educator Lisa Twomey, which is why maintaining a simple and effective regime is important even when you’re run down. Skin tends to become drier and more sensitive when you’re poorly, so reach for a nourishing, non-stripping cleanser like Ren’s Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk that’s packed with soothing calendula oil and hydrating shea butter. ‘Vitamin C is the best year-round tonic for skin brightening,’ advises Lisa, so dose up on your vitamins to pep up a lacklustre complexion.
For maximum potency pick a refreshing gel-serum like Kat Burki’s Rose Hip Revitalising Serum that combines vitamin C with regenerative and brightening rosehip. Another skin saviour when we’re feeling fluey is to swap out our regular moisturiser for a facial oil to fake a healthy, dewy complexion. An oil instantly ups the hydration and replenishes sore skin, so you only need a few drops to impart nutrients quickly. Oskia’s Restoration Oil is rich in omegas and anti-inflammatory turmeric, while African acmella flower extract battles dryness. We use it morning and evening as the final step in our regime to replenish lost moisture and boost radiance. Plus, the delicate texture and divine scent make application a pleasure that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to even the peakiest of faces.