Dealing with being ill can be tough enough without our skin causing us problems too. It’s often the case that being ill can have an impact on our skin either directly or indirectly, so it’s important to know how to keep your skin clear and healthy at all times.
When we are unwell for several days or an extended period of time, we can understandably take our eye off the ball in terms of keeping up with our daily skin routine.
Whilst nobody can be expected to keep their skin in perfect condition every day of the year, keeping your skin healthy as often as you can means that, when you can’t, your skin probably won’t suffer too much.
To help you stay on top of your skin routine when you are ill, we’ve put together a guide to detail some of the extra precautions that you might need to take.
Hydration should always be near the top of your priorities, especially if you are or have been ill. Drinking plenty of water is necessary for keeping your immune system working at optimal capacity, it is also an essential factor in making sure your skin is healthy and happy at all times.
Making sure that you drink plenty of water and keep your fluid intake up will mean that your skin is far less likely to dry out and become sore and itchy. A good level of hydration is also more likely to boost your concentration and keep your energy levels balanced.
Invest in Good Tissues
If you’ve got a cold then chances are that you will need to be blowing your nose on a regular basis, but this can often lead to pain and discomfort. Using soft tissues with skin-kind ingredients such as aloe vera or shea butter can save you a great deal of soreness and irritation.
A better box of tissues might set you back slightly more money, but without them you will probably end up having to use a lot more moisturiser to stop your skin from peeling and flaking. They are also less likely to tear and come apart on every use.
Look After Your Eyes
One of the most common side effects of being ill is puffy and tired-looking eyes. This is partly due to tiredness and stress, but also down to things like congestion and a fever.
One of the simplest and best ways to reduce the appearance of puffiness is by using slices of cucumber placed. This has the benefit of being cool and refreshing, and applying to our skin, it constricts blood vessels and helps swelling and puffiness to go down.
Once the swelling has gone down, using a serum will improve the overall appearance of the skin around the eyes. Serums are refreshing, with a gel-like formulation and will help to rebalance the moisture level, leaving the skin glowing and firm.
Dose-Up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an all-round beneficial ingredient for our health and wellbeing. It has been proven to help support your immune system and is a powerful antioxidant.
Whether it’s an ingredient in a serum or scrub, or through eating fruit and supplements, maintaining a healthy intake of Vitamin C, among other healthy vitamins and micronutrients, is essential to looking and performing at your best.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough rest is another vital element to our wellbeing, your body needs time to recharge and restore, especially if you are ill and have been burning the candle at both ends.
Your immune system needs plenty of sleep to help keep you healthy. A consistent sleep deficiency can seriously impact the way in which your immune is able to operate. Making sure you get enough sleep is arguably the best way of fighting common illnesses and infections.
A lack of sleep can be the root cause of a whole number of skin-related problems, it can lead to stress which in turn can cause acne, it can dry you out and drain the colour from your skin and lead to the appearance of heavy black bags under the eyes.
Sleep is the way in which your body repairs itself, especially your blood vessels, which can come to the surface of your skin and cause discolouration if they are unable to repair themselves.
Wrap Up Warm
Keeping yourself warm and shielded from cold winds is essential to protecting your skin when you’re ill, especially in the winter. The wind can often chafe at your skin and strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and sore.
Among the areas that are normally the most affected by the cold weather are your hands. Your knuckles are particularly susceptible to soreness and peeling.
Investing in a rich and nourishing hand cream is a good way to keep your hands soft and gentle, as well as buying a good pair of gloves will also go a long way towards mitigating dry skin in winter.
Eat and Drink Healthily
When we’re ill, it’s all too easy to become lax with what we eat and drink. This is understandable, particularly if it’s a long term illness that knocks us off our feet.
Unfortunately, the effect of eating unhealthy food is often twofold: firstly, a lack of vitamins and nutrients means that you will struggle to get better as quickly as you might, secondly, foods that are full of sugar, fat and grease are terrible for your skin.
Equally, excessive alcohol consumption is also proven to have negative effects on your skin as well as your overall appearance.
Keeping your skin clear and healthy is just as important when you are ill as when you are in good health. Unfortunately, we tend to be ill far more often in the winter, which is only natural, but the cold conditions can make it almost twice as difficult to take care of our skin properly.
The best weapons against such unfortunate circumstances are consistency and discipline, if you take care of your body 90% of the time, then it will undoubtedly take care of you for the additional 10%.