13 Jan 2014

Sick Day Skincare.



If you didn't know from my constant snot related tweets last week (joking... kind of) I came down really suddenly with some kind of flu type bug that knocked me off my feet for a few days. Thankfully it wasn't the flu but I still had to write an essay while poorly which will go down as one of the more depressing moments of 2014, I'm sure. Who sets a deadline while you're still on holiday anyway?! awful.

Obviously when you're sick all thoughts of beauty go out of the window, makeup is the last thing on earth you want to be donning, and it's going to rub right off anyway with the amount of times you're blowing your Rudolph red nose, so why bother. I did however try and take care of my skin as best I could, if only that meant keeping up with my nightly cleanse routine and remembering to slather on lipbalm on the hour, every hour.

To cleanse I dug out something I don't use all that often as it can be a little too rich for my skin, but it is ever so soothing and perfect for the occasion. Suti's Facial Cleansing Balm has an incredibly high unrefined shea butter content, which makes it quite grainy (though this melts on contact with skin) and also super emollient, perfect for a little bit of facial massage time, though double cleansing is a must as it's so oily. My favourite part of the whole cleansing experience however was the scent, which I took to breathing in deeply (through my heavily blocked nose) for a calming experience, it's lavender with a hint of lime and smells divine.
Something I wouldn't usually have on hand anymore, though I did used to be quite the fan before I made the green switch is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. My mum passed this on to me as she's not a fan so I didn't want to let it go to waste as I love the scent. It also feels super refreshing as the mist is so fine, you're not being splattered with water. I did try my hardest not to go too OTT with this as it contains quite a bit of alcohol and the last thing I needed was dry skin.
Then the Elemental Herbology Perfect Clarity made a daily appearance too, as sickness and blemishes just go hand in hand don't they? the worst.
Finally for moisture I relied on my very well loved bottle of Pai Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream as one of the most soothing moisturisers I own. I kept this with me when times got tough (aka when my nose got sore) for some soothing TLC throughout the day and managed to keep at bay any dry bits.
Lastly, some of those extra's that never left my side... S.W. Basics Cocoa Lip Balm, A Vicks nasal stick (so glam) & soothers of course!

What are some of your sick day essentials?


22 comments

  1. Nice post! I dont have any sick days essentials....I carry on using the products I used on a daily basis as I dont tend to switch beauty stuff too often.
    Caudalie elixir de beaute is nice but the content of alcohol is quite high. Have your tried their Grape water?
    http://mademoisellenature.blogspot.nl/2011/10/caudalie-eau-de-raisin.html
    x

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    1. Yes I have the grape water somewhere in my stash, it just seems like water to me so I don't use it too often! x

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  2. I feel you! I was sick all last week writing a strategy and it absolutely blew! My essentials are a hot water bottle, my duvet and lots of hugs :)

    Rachel
    TwentysomethingBeauty.com
    xx

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    1. Ahhh the worst! Those are my essentials too of course ;) x

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  3. Oh no poor you! Hope you're feeling better now. Lovely products! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Thank you, I am all better now :) x

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  4. I'll definitely have to try the Pai cream; my skin tends to get red and irritated quite a bit too, sometimes. I'm glad you're feeling better. xo

    Lillian from parisiantobe.com

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    1. Yes, I love it so much, defo a repurchase on the cards! x

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  5. The Pai cream sounds amazing, definitely need to get ordering some. The Suti cleanser also sounds fairly epic, especially is it smells that good x

    Amy / srslylou

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    1. Yes! their avocado one is lovely too xx

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  6. Oh no I hope you're feeling better now! I know when I'm ill I always feel better when I try and get up and just get clean & wash my face! The cleansing balm sounds so lovely and I love lime scents in products so I bet it smells divine! xx

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    1. Definitely feel so much better after a shower or something, the steam helps! xx

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  7. Loved this! I was hit with a bug last week too and minimal skincare was about all I could manage. Agree with Amber though, washing your face makes you feel so much better when you're under the weather :)

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    1. Aw no, I think something is going around at the mo :( x

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  8. I've heard so many good things about the Suti Cleansing Balm and since I use a cleansing balm daily I think it would only be sensible to give it a try! :)

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. Its so gorgeous, you neeeed it ;)

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  9. Love the sound of that moisturiser! And that cleanser- lavender and lime?! Divine! xxx

    StudentBeauty

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  10. Definitely want to try the Pai cream look lovely, looks like it would work well with my combo skin x

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I enjoyed reading this post! I recently picked up the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and gosh, it is so soothing.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  12. This is CRAZY GOOD! I love it!

    I'm having a giveaway over on my blog that I want to invite you to!
    http://20stampslater.blogspot.com/2014/01/favorite-things-giveaway.html

    Have a GREAT night!

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  13. You can't beat a good cup of tea on sick days :) I also like thick moisturisers and no make up :)

    Danniella x | www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  14. Hope you're feeling better!
    Our sick day essentials are..... copious amounts of homemade ginger, lemon and honey tea, hot and sour soup, duvet, pillows (did we mention duvet?) hot water bottle, Lavender, Sandalwood and Neroli essential oil, clean skin, clean sheets, slathering of rich and delicious moisturiser.
    N x http://www.oqibo.co.uk.

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