Magen’s Bay, St. Thomas, USVI

There’s nothing like a long tropical vacation in the middle of winter to refresh your body, mind and soul! I’ve learned personally however that there’s a downside for those of us that return to cold winter temperatures after the glory of basking in the Caribbean sun for a week.

I wasn’t home a full 24 hours before I came down with a terrible cold that I couldn’t seem to shake. A cold that would wreak havoc on my body and my skin.

We all know how to care for ourselves so we can quickly (hopefully) bounce back from a cold. Buy soft, velvety tissues, Nyquil, DayQuil, cough drops, etc., but we seem to forget that our skin also needs a little extra tlc.

When we’re sick with a cold or flu, our skin begins to dehydrate, so, if  you’ve come down with that nasty, winter cold, Here are a few tips to nurse your skin back to health.

Skip the Hot Shower

Nothing clears up your stuffy head like a hot, steamy shower, right? Problem is, hot water is very drying to your skin. But, if turning on the heat is a must for you, limit your shower time to no more than 10 minutes to give your skin a break.

Ditch the Alcohol

And I’m not talking about the kind you drink, although it’s not any better for you skin.

Try to stay away from alcohol-based hand sanitizers and soaps when you’re sick to keep your ski from drying out even further.

Moisturize Throughout the Day

When you’re sick, you wash your hands more often to keep germs away, but, that also dries out your skin. Get in the habit of keeping a hand cream next to the skin so you can reach for it immediately after washing your hands.

Drink Water Like a Boss

It goes without saying, right? But, it’s hard to remember, especially if you’re battling the flu and you’re adding Gatorade to the mix. You can keep your skin happy, healthy and hydrated when you alternate between Gatorade and water.

Today’s takeaway? If you do get sick this winter (and here’s hoping you don’t), don’t forget to take care of yourself and your skin.

What do you do to nurse your skin back to health when you’re sick? Share your tips in the comments below.