Flu Face: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It
By Melissa W.
This week we all had the stomach flu. It plowed through this office like a mack truck out of control careening across the ice into the gutter. It took a week for some of us to recover, while others are very unfortunate to still be sick.
Every time I get sick, I get what I call “flu face.” If I’m too sick/incapacitated to wash my face, overnight my skin will become jagged like a honeycomb replete with sticky globs of sebum and crusty muck that will take me an entire week minimum to correct. It goes from greasy, to cakey, to mucky, to covered with dried up skin flakes that resemble having a deep peel without the peel. It’s nothing short of disgusting.
Flu Face Skin Emergency Cure
Here’s what I do when I start coming down with flu face. I don’t know what it is about getting sick that magnifies this problem. But it is a nightmare to correct without a proper go-to skincare treatment.
WASH, WASH, WASH
WASH YOUR FACE should go without saying, but I was too sick the first two days with this bout of illness to wash my face. And that’s saying a lot considering I never miss a wash whether it’s 4 in the morning or 4 after midnight.
First thing you need to do is wash, and make it a heavy washing. Use a puff pad/sponge/washcloth with your cleanser and scrub liberally 2-3 times over the face and rinse well.
Next, take your favorite mechanical exfoliator and give your face a good twice over. Whether it’s a brush or a textured scrub, exfoliate the skin well. Reminder: Never press an exfoliant too hard into the skin. Exfoliator products are designed specifically to do all the work.
Take a whole egg and a couple teaspoons of hot water in a bowl and whip together until you reach an even consistency. Use a mask brush to brush egg mixture all along the face. Keep mask on skin for 15-20 minutes, allow to dry, then rinse.
The egg mask is designed to:
- Draw out all the muck and debris that’s seeping into and clogging up your pores
- Absorb many of the excess dead skin cells that are bunching and sloughing
- The vitamin A in eggs act as a natural yet supercharged acne fighter that will help prevent any blemishes from forming from all the excess clogging
Tone and Moisturize
Tone your face and moisturize. After one of these treatments, your skin should look and feel as great as it did before the Flu Face started tearing it apart. If it doesn’t work the first time, repeat these steps each night consecutively until your skin is once again soft and smooth.
If you need a simple yet effective skin “pick me up” this will work great for you before a special event or occasion. I often prime my skin this way in the summer before an outdoor wedding heavy makeup application if I don’t have time to get a facial.
I sincerely hope you are all taking care of yourself and avoiding this nasty flu bug. Last I read it was spreading through places like Georgia and Illinois.
You can never wash your hands enough. Bring your hand sanitizer with you and if you’re sick, stay home from school or work. Be safe and healthy. And hopefully we’ll all be back to 100% good health as soon as possible. 🙁