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Cold comfort- how to look good despite a dose of flu
The direst physical aspect of a bad cold has to be the Rudolph nose – red, swollen, cracked and flakey skin. Attempts at camouflage with foundation or concealer just made my schnoz skin look like frayed sandpaper. During one fitful night of prolonged nose blowing I stumbled into the bathroom looking for something soothing. The flu gods must have been smiling on me because I was barely upright let alone inspired, but I reached for the new Private Reserve from Your Best Face (a product that I usually use with my LED light).
Not only was relief instant as this light oil was thirstily absorbed, but my poor old schnoz looked much improved the following morning. Moreover, the simple four-ingredient formula of a couple of oils and two potent antioxidants has nothing nasty. I even sprayed a little Private Reserve ($75 in the TIA shop) in the direction of my sore throat.
Preksha, meanwhile, had dabbed Skin-Lasting Super Hydrator ($28 in the TIA shop) on her tissue-worn skin and claimed an overnight success since it’s key ingredients – lactic acid, urea and glycerin – exfoliated and moisturized at the same time. I gave it a try as well and found it to be really helpful (especially in conjunction with the Private Reserve).
By day four my symptoms were thankfully beginning to abate, but my complexion was as dull as an old ashtray. I immediately thought face mask and reached for Royal Nectar’s Bee Venom Mask ($59 in the TIA shop). Given the odds it was up against, it did a spectacular job (I left it on for an hour). Dewy skin would be an exaggeration, but I looked firmer, hydrated and healthy – well at least no longer on death’s door.
Preksha couldn’t have found a better time to be testing Youngblood Mineral Radiance bronzer ($43 in the TIA shop). It imparts not phony tan or inappropriate sparkle but a healthy glow. Which was just what she needed. Not only did this bronzer lift her skin tone, but her spirits as well (as all good face paint should).
Meanwhile, I found an instant pick-me-up with Chella’s Anti-fatigue Eye Mask Kit ($45 in the TIA shop). Each kit is an under-eye mask that has been treated with collagen and emollients and a tube of “Activator” that is squeezed on the masks until completely saturated. The Activator has Bioskinup Contour 3r, which is the combination of three plant extracts – Brazilian ginseng, a Brazilian tree called p.olacoides and lily - supposed to reduce eye bags over 50%. That’s when used over time, but as a quick fix I was pleased enough to note that a bad cold is in the eye of the beholder.