Cold + Flu Comfort Alliesby Mariève Inoue
published November 12, 2012
What to reach for when you’re feeling under the weather
Runny nose, headache, sneezing—those of us who don’t get a cold or the flu at least once this winter can count themselves lucky. Of course, the ideal strategy is to try to avoid getting sick, but we’ve compiled a list of allies to turn to for comfort in the unfortunate event that you do find yourself just wanting to crawl back into bed…
To relieve your congestion, naturally
One of the most annoying symptoms of a common cold is definitely having a stuffy nose—which is why, for us, a natural nasal spray is a must. Sure, its strong mist can be a little surprising the first time you send it up your nostril, but the relief that comes afterwards is totally worth it. Using it will help you breathe better, and can even reduce the need to use decongestant medications. Try it, you’ll see!
hydraSense Congestion Relief, $13.99 in pharmacies
To soothe that runny nose
Of course, you’ll probably go through more than one box of tissues while you’re fighting the cold or flu, so opt for the softest ones you can find. The most innovative tissues we’ve seen in a while contain a special moisturizer and aloe, which create a cooling effect on body contact, which feels just blissful on the skin of our sore, red blown-one-too-many-times nose.
Kleenex Cool Touch, $3.99 at major retailers
To moisturize your nose + lips
Speaking of irritated noses… This is a product that has so many uses, we believe every divinista should own a tube. From relieving minor irritations and chapped skin to conditioning cuticles and keeping eyebrows in check, it’s the perfect example of multi-tasking in a tube. We like to use it as lip balm, and nose moisturizer when we’ve gone through a box of tissues (or two).
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $25 at Elizabeth Arden counters.
To keep you warm
Instead of reaching for a big blanket, we turn to a wool neck warmer to keep us toasty when we’re feeling under the weather, and still decide to make the trek to the office. Less bulky and more stylish than a traditional scarf, with a convenient button to keep it snug around our neck—perfect!
Angora Wool Neck Warmer, $18 at Simons stores and online.
To help you relax
A good cup of something hot always helps to lift our spirits, and feels nice in our hands and running down our throat. One of our current faves? This fruity blend in a cute tin can.
Løv is Beautiful Tea, $18 (100g) at special retailers and online.