How To Look Hot Even When You're Sick
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By Natasha Burton
It's no fun coming down with the sniffles, and to make matters worse, you're not even sick enough to stay home from work or class. When you're feeling blech, but still need to look presentable, check out these nine essential beauty tricks.
Cool Down2 of 10
Since medications like nasal decongestants can dehydrate the skin, esthetician Renee Rouleau suggests applying a mask that will put moisture back in. Opt for a cooling gel one, which can also provide temporary relief from a pounding head and achy face. Win-win!
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Minty Fresh3 of 10
Rouleau advises using products with mint, which can help clear stuffy sinuses, open up the nasal passages and stimulate blood flow, boosting the overall look of your skin. Try this refreshing bubble bath made with peppermint leaf and spearmint extracts.
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Puff Piece4 of 10
To soothe red eyes and reduce puffiness, New York City-based dermatologist David Colbert, M.D. suggests applying an eye cream containing natural anti-inflammatory extracts. Ingredients like alpha bisabolol and aescin extract, oils derived from plants, help reduce swelling.
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Oil Spill5 of 10
When you're sick, your face usually takes on an unflattering sallow tone. To help you get your glow back, Colbert suggests using an exfoliator with glucosamine, which will increase your skin's production of moisturizing hyaluronic acid. Then, he advises lightly steaming your face by putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil onto the floor tiles as you shower to open up your pores (and nose!). Finish by applying a light face oil to your skin, such as moisturizing argan oil.
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True Colors6 of 10
To help even out your skin tone, dab on color-correcting concealer. Mehron makeup artist Pamela Faller says using various colored concealers will help hide discoloration. This palette includes a green tint to counteract redness, amber to balance out bluish under-eye circles, lavender and pink to conceal yellowness, and peach to even out hyperpigmentation.
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Get Cheeky7 of 10
Skip the pink blush and apply a coral hue instead. According to Faller, the orange tones in coral will give your cheeks a lift without making you look ruddy. "You can even use a little self-tanner or bronzer to line the cheek bones, which will reflect the light, giving you a nice, warm glow," says Faller.
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Nose Around8 of 10
All those tissues can take their toll: "The nose area quickly becomes red, dry and irritated," Rouleau says. Every so often, apply a small amount of cream with ceramides, lipids found naturally in your own skin, to protect and soothe the area.
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Balms Away9 of 10
Before you go to sleep, Colbert says to apply Rodin's lip balm, which contains jasmine extract, castor oil and shea butter, followed by a thin layer of Vaseline to seal in moisture.
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All Eyes10 of 10
Because your eyes may be puffy, go easy on the eye makeup, skipping eyeliner and mascara if you have to. Opt for low-maintenance shadow instead. "Stick with a neutral-hued shimmer powder—anything matte might enhance the sallow skin around the eyes," says Faller. To help open up eyes, apply a darker shade just above your lids' natural crease, followed by a lighter shade underneath.
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