The worst part of having a cold isn’t even a cold itself – it’s how red, raw, dehydrated and even scaly the skin around your nose and mouth can become.
Thanks to blowing your nose several time a day on rough tissues, along with the dry feeling this leaves, skin can be left worse for wear once the offending illness has passed.
Your usual skincare routine probably isn’t cutting it.
And that’s increasingly important to us it seems – a recent report by L’Oréal found that online conversations around self-care and ‘healthy skin’ have risen by 60% since pre-pandemic times.
Caroline Hirons, renowned skincare expert, has long seen the importance of the beauty business too, which lockdown only seemed to highlight to the rest of the consumer industry.
This weekend in London, she’ll be talking all about skincare and debuting her latest kit, which pays homage to her most tried and trusted products.
So how does she advise getting your skin back to full health after a bad bout of sickness?
‘Weirdly, it’s a good time to invest in an acid – which you’d think would be crazy,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.
Obviously not to be used on broken skin, she explains: ‘If you’re just dry and look shriveled, an acid will help exfoliate at the surface level and then when you do apply moisturiser after, it will feel like it’s doing something.
‘If your skin’s really dry and you’re just trying to put moisturiser on, it feels greasy and it doesn’t absorb as well.’
When she was recently ill herself, Caroline went for Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel pads, which are glycolic-free (a harsher acid), using them once a week.
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