When you’re living with chronic disease and pain, you sometimes couldn’t care less about the way you look. So what if your hair is a bit messy and your face a bit shiny?
However, there are days when looking good does matter, and it has been proven that being happy about your appearance can impact your mood, which can, in turn, make you feel a whole lot better.
Not that beauty is a way to combat pain, but every little bit helps, right?
Here are some tips to help you look better when feeling sick.
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Stay hydrated, both inside and out
Hydration is the key to healthy and glowy skin. However, drinking plenty of water but neglecting a moisturizer, or vice versa, will only prove half as effective.
Make sure you’re getting enough fluids every day (and drink even when you’re not thirsty), and moisturize your face and body well. Choose a product that is in line with your skin’s needs – whether it is dry, oily, or combination.
You can also reach for natural remedies to help – for example, beeswax has many great properties, and it will help your skin feel its best.
De-puff any swelling
If you wake up puffy-eyed and bleary, there are two great ways to help your eyes out. First, you can put a teaspoon in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, and use it to cool down your under-eyes and eyelids. You can also place a wet and cold tea bag over your eyes to do the same thing.
Eyemasks can also be of great help, especially if you keep them in the fridge.
Use eye drops
If your eyes are red (and if this is especially annoying), you can try using some eye drops to help the situation.
Do make sure that the ones you choose are mild and safe, and that they don’t make the whites of your eyes too white and artificial-looking. The redness may even come back worse than before, so your safest bet is to go with the kinds that are termed “artificial tears.”
Tame your locks
A bad hair day can ruin anyone’s day, and since there is practically no way to predict them, the best you can do is control the damage once it happens.
A ponytail or some stylish braids are always a good option to tame unruly locks, but you can also reach for some dry shampoo and texturizing spray to put some volume back in your hair.
Don’t overdo it with the hair products, though, as piling on too much can make your hair go too dry and frizzy.
Use the right highlighter
A bit of strategic highlighting can make you instantly look fresh and rested. Try some on your cheeks and eyelids, and you can even add some to your lips.
Ideally, you want to choose a creamy product, as it will add that inner glow to your face. If you have oily skin, a powder formula can work just as well. Don’t use a glittery formula, though, but go for something with a finer luminosity, because much sparkle can make you look even more tired and pale.
Try a scrub
Getting rid of those dried skin cells can instantly give your appearance a lift – so try to remember to use exfoliants regularly. Make sure the option you choose (whether it’s a mechanical or a chemical peel) is tailored to your skin type. Most importantly, don’t over-exfoliate, as it can cause redness and even dry patches.
Don’t forget to use a body scrub, too. It will instantly make your skin more supple and soft, and the process itself can be a relaxing and invigorating part of your shower ritual.
Reach for your favorite scent
Finally, wearing your favorite perfume can lift your spirits no end – especially if you only bust it out on special occasions and don’t really wear it around the house when you are feeling unwell.
Don’t wear it every day, though, as you will soon get used to it and it won’t feel nearly as special anymore. Save it for those days when you really need a little pick-me-up.
Looking better is not all about vanity. There’s just something about liking what you see in the mirror that can boost your day, even if it’s just a tiny little boost. Try some of these tips to help you cope with chronic health issues and direct your focus to the more pleasant things in life.
*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes and is based on the author’s personal experiences. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding any new treatment protocols. This is a sponsored post.
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