You might have noticed a lack of posts on here recently and that is because I've been very unwell with pneumonia, vertigo and a very bad sinus infection. I was sure I would have a six pack from all of my coughing, but no such luck! Today I thought I'd share some products with you that were essential to me over the last 10 days and I think can make getting through a sick day (or week-fortnight in my case!) more bearable. Don't get me wrong, these products can't make you look like Kim K-W fresh out of hair & make-up but when you're in the midst of a snotfest, surrounded by tissues, they will help you make you feel a little more human and look a little less Rudolph-like! To be honest, when I am extremely ill, looking good isn't exactly a top priority but these products helped to calm and soothe my skin and made me feel a little more comfortable.
Eucerin Aquaphor: This really is a little wonder product! It is a thick balm that really soothes dry skin and also helps to repair skin. The skin around my nose was so sore and red from constantly blowing it (balm tissues didn't help!) and this really helped to soften and soothe the skin. It is fragrance and preservative free and didn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. I also used it around my eyes and rubbed whatever excess was left into my hands. It is cheap (often on offer in Boots) and it is a brilliant multi-tasker so I will always have a tube of this on the go.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist: Water sprays are of no benefit to me but facial sprays that actually hydrate the skin are a must have. I sprayed this on several times daily and it not only added some much needed moisture back into my skin but it also helped to soothe my skin and make me look a little less grey! When you are very low on energy, a spray is a good option because even applying moisturiser can be exhausting. Other great facial mists that actually add moisture to the skin are Clinique Moisture Surge Spray, Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist and Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Hand Sanitizer: Obviously any hand sanitizer will do, this just happens to be the one I have at the moment. This is an everyday must have but when confined to bed, it is most definitely necessary and was beside me at all times.
COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo London: COLAB are hands down the best dry shampoos I have ever used and the London scent is my favourite because the scent is quite fresh, without smelling too artificial. It doesn't leave a white cast in the hair and actually works very well as a dry shampoo. Gross alert but I couldn't wash my hair for 10 days (I wasn't allowed to turn my head at all for 3 days and just simply didn't have the energy the other days) and this really did prevent it from looking too greasy.
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment: This is by far the best lip balm that I have ever tried. Usually when I have a bad cold or the flu, my lips get very dry/cracked but this balm prevents that from happening. It is the most moisturising lip balm ever and also seems to exfoliate a little and keep them very smooth - a definite must have.
Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts: I was on a heavy dose of steroids for 7 days and from previous experience, I knew that they would wreak havoc with my sleep. If you have never been on steroids before you won't know that they make you wired, even though you're exhausted and it is very difficult to switch off. Luckily, I had a packet of these Therapie Detox Salts so I had baths before bedtime with these salts in them and they really helped me to fall into a deep sleep. They are expensive but worth it because quality sleep is vital when you are very ill.
This Works Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray: To be honest, I use this on a nightly basis all year round because without it I would have great difficulty in getting a full nights sleep and this really helps. I will generally get a full 8 hours of unbroken sleep when using this (sometimes longer), so I would highly recommend it to any insomniacs or just if you have problems with getting a full nights sleep.
Finally, a product that isn't really essential but one that makes being bed-bound more bearable, is a candle. The two that I currently own are both from The White Company and they are Lime & Bay and White Pompelmo. Both are very fresh scents, which is my personal preference and both fill the room with fragrance. Penneys/Primark sell some really lovely and inexpensive candles. Let's face it, when you're in bed day & night the room can get very stuffy and probably doesn't smell too great so lighting a scented candle is to the benefit of others as well as yourself!
Even though I am still chronically ill with Lyme, I am very glad that I am more or less over the pneumonia because it was an additional stress on my health that I didn't need but it has left me feeling more fatigued and weak than usual and because my immune system is very low, I now have tonsillitis so I'm not out back on my feet yet. It will take me a little while to catch up on my blog reading & also to reply to all of your comments so bear with me!
I would love to know what your sick day essentials are? Do you use any of the products that I have mentioned? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!