Sniffling pretty

So, I’d planned to do an outfit post, but I’ve gotten a nasty little cold.  This means that I’ve been all bundled up in P.Js and track pants, and I figured you wouldn’t want to see that.

Instead, I thought that I’d talk a little bit about my beauty routine when I’m feeling under the weather.



My skin tends to get super dry when I’ve got a cold.  My poor nose in particular gets very red and irritated from all the nose-blowing.  To combat this, I like to pare back my makeup routine and increase hydration.

If I can help it, I don’t wear any makeup when I’m sick.  It seems like a waste of time, because constant contact with tissues tends to rub off any foundation, my chapped lips look awful with lipstick and runny eyes and mascara do not mix.  I find that often I look better without it.  If I absolutely can’t handle the idea of going out bare-faced, I’ll wear a tinted moisturiser, lip balm and maybe a little swipe of blush.

To start with, one of the best things you can do while you’re sick is drink plenty of fluids.  In addition to helping you to get better and ward off dehydration, it will help to nurture your skin.

I like to wash my face with a gentle cleanser twice a day.  Then I’ll apply a liberal dose of face cream, concentrating on any areas that are looking particularly dry.  My favourite face cream for sick days is Olay’s moisturising lotion for sensitive skin. It’s really hydrating and it doesn’t irritate my skin.  I also like to use a bit of eye cream around my eyes to combat puffiness.  I like Palmers line-smoothing eye lotion.


Whenever I get a cold, my lips inevitably end up sore and chapped unless I remember to apply lip balm on a regular basis.  I like a balm that’s quite thick and smooth, without any stickiness.  My favourites are the Lip Smackers range, which come in a huge array of flavours and are super-cheap.  I’ll apply a decent coat to my lips a couple of times a day, particularly after eating and before taking a nap.


Colds and flu are a recipe for dry, irritated eyes.  I avoid any eye makeup until I’m completely well again.  I also make sure that I leave my contacts at home until my eyes are fully rested.  It’s glasses all the way for me when I’m ill.  If my eyes are feeling a bit irritated, I’ll apply some gentle eye drops to soothe them.   Murine’s Sore Eyes drops are great.  Be sure to choose a drop especially formulated for sore, irritated eyes.  A lot of drops on the market are only useful for reducing the appearance of red eyes, and won’t actually make you feel any better.


While I’m sick, I like to avoid any products that have strong scents or perfumes.  The mucus membranes in your nose and throat are very sensitive and prone to irritation when you have a cold, so steering clear of strong-smelling products is a good idea.  My body lotion of choice for sick-days is Dove’s Summer Glow, which has only a slight scent and a built-in self-tanner to give you a subtle glow.  I also use Dove’s cucumber deodrant, which isn’t strongly scented.


I hate washing my hair when I’ve got a cold.  As a result, I usually wind up with greasy locks.  Not to worry though.  I like to pop my hair up in a bun or ponytail to keep it out of my face.  Wearing your hair up will disguise the fact that it hasn’t been washed in a few days.  To take advantage of up-do days, comb a deep-conditioning treatment through your hair before you put it up.  That way it will stay moisturised and soft while you’re sniffling away.

What does your beauty routine look like when you’re sick?


  1. So true – when one’s been hit by a nasty bug, your skin feels (craves, I’d go so far as to say) fresh air and room to breath, sans make-up or heavy products or scents. I usually feel like I want to wash frequently when I have a cold or flu, especially if I’ve been perspiring a lot because of a fever, so a long, steamy soak in the tub is a must, if I can muster the strength. Followed by slipping into soft pj’s and a robe, a little meditation to help sooth the mind and body alike, and as much rest as possible.

    Sending tons of healing wishes & hugs your way, dear gal,
    ♥ Jessica

    • Thanks so much. I’m already feeling a bit better.
      I also like to wash a lot when I’m not well. When I’ve got a cold or the flu, a nice bath or shower really helps to soothe my sore muscles and open up my sinuses. I’ve been making use of some of my pretty P.Js this week too. There’s nothing like a sweet, soft pair of pyjamas or a lovely nightgown to slip into when you’re not feeling well.

  2. Oh no that’s no good! I hope you feel better soon. When I’m sick my eyes get all red and watery and there’s nothing I can do about it! Also the corners of my mouth turn downwards because I am SAD. Drink lots of nice get-well soup and tea and stuff ❤

    • Thanks so much. I made myself a big batch of my cold-fighting soup two days ago and it’s doing it’s job, because I’m already feeling a lot more like myself.

  3. When I’m not sick, I confess my beauty routine is nothing more than washing my face with Clearasil in the shower every evening, splashing it with cold water every morning, and face cream when I get to work if I remember (at the moment I don’t wear makeup every day, and even if I do my base is BB cream and powder.)

    When I’m sick I might not jump in the shower every day if all I’ve done is sleep in bed or doze on the couch (no less than every second day though!) and I wash my face in the shower as normal. I hate the way my nose gets sore and chapped so I moisturise it as often as I remember. I don’t bother with anything else…

    Get well soon!!!

    • Thanks so much. I suppose that if your regular beauty routine is pretty simple then it makes sense that you wouldn’t do much at all when you’re not well. My regular routine is pretty intensive, so just cleansing and moisturising when I’m sick is a huge departure from what I’d normally do.

  4. When I am sick my beauty routine is …. to lie there sick and not do anything. I am terrible at looking after myself when I am sick. Unless whining counts? I do that a lot when I am sick.

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