Monday, November 24, 2014

Sick Day Saviours

Be prepared for I am going to play the sympathy card. I have been sick, for weeks. I had a shocking cold which dragged on for weeks. When it finally disappeared I was left with not one but two cold sores and to top it off my period. This shocking month was made somewhat easier by a few products which I wanted to share with you.

Thera Pearl Sports Pack* link
I've grown to rather love this brightly coloured pouch from Thera Pearl which works for a multitude of ailments from period pain to general aches and pains. You can either heat in the microwave or freeze depending on your need. Following my hangover cures post last week I must add that this is a life saviour for hungover days when a cold compress is needed as was it's need on a few hot and sweaty nights when I was filled with cold. Whilst suffering with the usual back pain the first day of my period brings it was great to be able to pop the Thera Pearl pack into the microwave and tuck into the waist band of my pjs and feel the pain ease away. Far easier than bothering with boiling kettles that a hot water bottle requires and the smaller more flexible pouch makes targeting the area you want far easier.

Compeed Cold Sore Patch link
I've suffered with cold sores ever since I was young and usually rely on Zovirax to do the job. That said I always find that they tend to look worse during the process and there's nothing less attractive nor obvious than a white cream covered blemish on the lips. I can't remember how I first came across the Compeed Cold Patches but I imagine it was when I was looking for a way to either speed up it's disappearance and mask it. What I've now found is that applying these plasters disguises the cold sore to a degree and minimises the risk of spreading that can occur with cream applications and it avoids the situation of, and sorry to go into gross territory but getting moist, plain gunky and then drying out which can lead to cracking and bleeding. The cold sore patches contain the cold sore, keep it at a minimal size and require less fuss. The wear of the patches will depend on how much eating and drinking you're doing with them on and depending on the area of the lip but I now rely solely on these than any creams and find much better results.

Dr Lewinn's Instant Beauty Radiance Booster* link
During my cold spell I needed a hell of a lot of radiance and moisture and thankfully I had the Dr Lewinn's Instant Beauty Radiance Booster to hand. I was still required to drag myself into the office during my cold and to avoid looking like the sick monster I felt a good layer of this cream helped perk me up, especially around the nose which was pretty red and dry from constant nose blowing. It has a faintly cucumber scent which I'm able to identify now (no chance of smell a few weeks ago!) and it worked really well as a primer before make up too which was an added bonus. Again referring back to my hangover kit this is a great product to use as a mask, applying a layer on the skin for 15 mins before washing off or as I do leaving to sink into my skin.

Vicks First Defence link
The nasal spray from Vicks was a recommendation from my brother who swears by it. I fear I may have left things too late to catch the early days of my cold but it certainly aided my nasal passage when I was struggling to breathe and frustrated with constantly sneezing and blowing my nose. Now there's a picture for you. For those who prefer to use more natural products my friend has recommended this version.

Janjira Eye Cream*
The eyes, window to the soul they say. Well I hate to think what my soul was saying over the past few weeks. Trying to sleep whilst simultaneously stopping my nose from running and general exhaustion that I had to phone my mum on more than one occasion to pick me up the station and drop me home despite living 5 minutes walk away saw some pretty bad bags under my eyes. Thankfully the Janjira Eye Cream* contains Tumeric Extract and Caffeine which helps to reduce the dark circles an puffiness.

Of course this list isn't exhaustive and I will have a post up soon on two bath time treats that comforted me during my woe is my I have a cold days. There was also the odd medicinal glass of red wine and lots of tissues used too!

What are your sick day comforts?

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  1. Sorry to hear you've been feeling so rotten. Lots of people have had the terrible cold/cough, but luckily I seem to have escaped it so far. Hope you're soon feeling much better! xx

    1. I'm just glad I got it out of the way before the Christmas party season hits! xx

  2. Sorry to hear you've not been well :-(, I used to suffer horribly from cold sores but the seem to have eased off now but my son gets them near his eye- not good, but I'm a avid fan of zovirax - I tried the patches once and dont know how long I was supposed to leave it on but I tried to take it off and it was like taking a plaster off my lip - it hurt :-( so I havent used them since, but first signs of a cold I snaffle 2 paracetamol and hope for the best - and buy the softest tissues possible xx Big hugs and hope you are better xx

    1. Ah see that's where you went wrong... you don't try and remove the plaster! You wait till it falls off!! Thankfully much better now xxx

  3. Hope you feel be better soon! The Thera Pearl Sports Pack sounds amazing. I have something similar but you can't freeze it. Vicks is just the best! From putting a bit of the cream in a hot bath to the nasal spray, I always feel it makes some good.

    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

    1. The Therapearl is so handy I'd be lost without it now and of course Vicks, every cupboard needs a stash x

  4. Ahh, I hope you feel better soon lovely. Definitely going to try out Thera Pearl Sports pack, sounds like something I need for my backaches. xx


    1. Thank you much better and do! It really eased my back pain and I'm using it a lot for little niggles x

  5. Aw hope you're feeling better now! You can't go wrong with Vicks - I love their balm for when I'm poorly :) x

    The Belle Narrative

  6. Poor you - do hope you're feeling better soon x


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