Kristin Booker • October 22, 2009

Bedridden Beauty Rituals: Products That Make You Feel Better When You’re Sick

Ugh. I’m sick.

I’m a firm believer that when you’re not feeling well, it’s a good time to curl up in your favorite sweats, draw the curtains and ride it out until you’re ready to face the world again and the last thing you want to think about is what you look like. Don’t let the word “beauty” in this post throw you off: there’s nothing beautiful about being sick. However, there are beauty products out there that can help you feel better and recover from a bout with whatever illness you’re facing.

A hot shower will make you feel a million times better and Shower Soothers ($4.99) are where it’s at. Throw it under hot running shower water and it releases eucalyptus to help clear out a stuffy head. If you’ve got chest congestion, it’s heaven on a stick.

If you’re more of a bubble bath person, the Lush Aura Suavis Bubble Bar ($6.45) is really amazing. It contains clary sage, geranium, spearmint and coriander, which creates a bath that will soothe your cold and help clear your head.

I’m a big fan of facials and one of the best things you can do is put your head over a steaming hot bowl of water filled with essential oils when you’re sick. You can clear your head AND make your complexion a little more presentable when FedEx brings all the stuff you’ve been ordering off HSN while you’ve been bedbound. Throw a few drops of Now Eucalyptus Oil ($7.99) into boiling hot water, pour it into a bowl and then throw a towel over your head as you inhale the steam for about five minutes.

Oh, and the best thing you can do for yourself? I don’t care how sick you are, use moisturizer. Your skin takes a beating when you’re sick because you’re sweating and dehydrated. This Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System ($35) is a spray that delivers amazing portions of botanical moisture any time. Keep it next to the tissues and use it often (and not just when you’re sick.)

I’m going back to bed but rest assured, these time-tested rituals will have me bouncing back in no time. If you’re not feeling well, give these beauty products a shot and see how quickly they’ll cure whatever ails you.

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