5 Tips for Surviving Cold and Flu Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … but if you’ve ever spent the holidays stuck in an urgent care waiting room, you know better than anyone that we’re approaching the peak of cold and flu season. Yeah, this is a beauty blog. But I’m guessing that a puffy face, irritated eyes and a red nose aren’t part of any holiday beauty looks you’re hoping to pull off this season (insert Rudolph joke here). With that in mind, here are some quick tips for making it through the next few weeks with your wellness intact!

1. Wash your hands! (Duh.) Everyone could use some reminding … and this one really can’t be stressed enough. It is SO important, not just for you, but for those around you, that you keep your hands clean. Wash vigorously and with warm water. If you’re like most people, you’re probably not washing for long enough. 20 seconds is a good time to aim for. Try singing “Happy Birthday” twice silently if you don’t feel like counting to 20.

2. Don’t touch your face if you can help it. (Look at that! It’s a good rule of thumb for keeping your skin clear, too!) In particular, keep your paws away from your nose, eyes and mouth. You don’t want to give germs any sort of advantage in their quest to get in your system!

3. Drink hot liquids. Whether it’s scientific or psychological, many of us agree that drinking hot liquids, or even eating them (chicken soup, anyone?) helps when we feel a cold coming on. FYI, I personally don’t eat chicken, so my go-to is lemongrass soup. I swear by it.

4. Drink water! (Another one that doubles as a beauty must.) Your body doesn’t function at ideal levels when you’re dehydrated. Give yourself the best chance you can to fend off cold and flu germ assault!

5. Take it easy if you’re sick. Do yourself and those around you a favor—avoid being that person hacking up a lung while hobbling along on the treadmill. Stay home from work, take a hot bath, have some soup and take a nap! You’ll feel better and your coworkers will be happy they didn’t catch whatever you have.

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