How to avoid flu face

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Whether you’re feeling under the weather because, well the weather, or if you’re still suffering from a post-summer slump, then chances are not only do you feel grim, but you’re looking a little peaky too.

Well help is at hand for beauty lovers, as A-list make-up artist and skin specialist Nathalie Eleni shares her secrets on how to avoid flu face.

First up is how to reduce the visible signs of a cold when you need to get on with your day.

“Puffiness and redness are key giveaways to a cold,” Nathalie told Cover Media. “I recommend using a soothing balm packed full of Vitamin E on any red or sore areas to help to soothe and protect from the cold and to prevent skin from looking flaky.

“Use a green-based creamy concealer to help counteract any red tones and follow with your foundation, then, dust some light reflecting powder to brighten and reflect away from any redness.”

Our favourite balms are Balance Me's Stellar Beauty Balm, packed full of vitamin E complex, shea, mango, coconut and cocoa butters, and cult beauty buy Egyptian Magic, which is a one pot stop for pretty much all your skin needs. It can be used as a moisturiser, salve and as a post-shave balm.

Next Nathalie sheds some light on how to reduce the dreaded puffiness and redness around the eyes, which seems to go hand in hand with feeling rubbish.

“Use ice cubes wrapped in gauze and circle around your eyes or areas of congestion, it really helps to reduce any inflammation,” the skin expert pointed out. “Carry out a light lymphatic drainage movement around your eyes by using your ring finger and a cold eye gel (keep in fridge overnight). Start from just below the tear duct and bridge of your nose using light pressure point padding motions to your temples, then inner corner of your eye socket up and across the brow bone.”

On the subject of red and blotchy skin, especially around the nose, Nathalie suggests keeping a balm nearby to protect skin from becoming extra store or inflamed. You can even mix concealer with a balm or Vaseline and use a cotton bud to apply to red areas.

As for ingredients to avoid if you’ve got a cold, Nathalie shares: “Any retinols, glycolic or AHA products, as they will sting and may aggravate an already sensitive skin! Keep the moisture in and just use gentle, perfume free products. Maybe opt for a waterproof mascara if your eyes are streaming.”

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