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Cold/Flu Skincare Routine

The day before my birthday last week, I was struck down by the worst combination of sore throat, runny nose and all-over body ache.  It came on so quickly, I didn't even clue in to the fact that napping twice a day (or ever) was abnormal for me.  For five days straight I've been battling the worst of throat and sinus issues -- I won't get into more detail than that!

The worst side effect of blowing your nose in a dry apartment is the wreckage your skin becomes.  Literally the entire centre of my face has started flaking off, and it only gets more irritated every time I sneeze.  With that, I've temporarily adopted a new skin care routine, at least until my face gets back to normal. Dry-skinned ladies: heads up!

Instead of a foaming cleanser, I start and end my day with Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel -- the most gentle yet thorough cleanse you can find in a non-foaming formula.  It pumps as an orange gel and melts into an oil as you work it into your face.  Once it comes into contact with water, the product gets milky and rinses off clean.  Genius.  I use it alone in the mornings and with a muslin cloth at night to make sure all of the dead skin comes off.

To manage the skin around my nose, I've been religiously applying Neostrata Moisture Infusion Oil-Free Hydrating Lotion at least four times a day.  I don't normally bother with moisturizers because oil do the trick, but this has been a godsend -- I reapply pretty much every other time I blow my nose, because my skin is so raw around there.

At night, instead of a serum, I've been piling on Josie Maran Argan Oil overtop of the NeoStrata lotion, covering my entire face from lips to eyeballs.  I've paraded on about this oil several times before on the blog, but it really is the easiest fix for most skin care issues.

To help keep you from getting sick, check out this post.  If it's too late for you (like me), keep downing water, eat as much garlic and ginger as you can (you'll smell so conflicted), and sleeeeeeeeeeep.


  1. Ugh I hope you get well soon! It sounds terrible! I love the Oskia cleanser right now as well!


  2. Already got my share of the cold/flu this season during midterm season >_< Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Aww I hope you're getting better! Really must try that Oskia cleanser: too many of my bloggy pals raved about it recently!

  4. Hope you feel better soon! That cleanser is on my wishlist, maybe for next winter. :)

    1. Yes, definitely worth a spot on your priority wish list ;-)

  5. omg PUFFS PLUS!!! those are godsends and will alleviate any need for extra skincare stuff. when i have a cold, i will shell out for lotioned tissues. hope you're getting better!
    A Beautiful Zen

  6. I need to try that cleanser! Sounds absolutely perfect. Feel better soon, girl! xo


  7. Feel better! That Oskia cleanser is absolutely amazing!!!

  8. I hope you're better now! I have a bottle of the Oskia cleanser sitting around right now, but I can't wait to try it out!

    blush and simplicity

  9. i really want to try the oskia cleanser!!


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