Posted on April 14th, 2016
You’re in bed trying to figure out exactly who is who and what is what on Towie, you’ve got on day two pyjamas which are now covered in drops of tea and yesterdays jam on toast and the thought of running a brush through your hair is better left unexplored. We’ve all been there.
Speaking from the comfort of my bed, nose running, eyes watering and throat burning I decided this morning that I would take today and turn it into a slightly more productive day; enter the sick-day-beauty-routine. First thing’s first, it’s time to get out of bed and it’s definitely time to put on a change of clothes.
Showering when you’re sick is daunting and take a huge amount of energy (especially when you’re jacked up on Night Nurse). It’s amazing how much better you feel afterwards and how a quick 5 minute rinse can make the world of a difference. I had a quick shower this morning just to wet my hair and comb Elasticizer Extreme through my ends, twist it up into a bun and get back into bed. This stuff will literally save the most damaged hair if used at least once a week (especially for coloured hair). The longer you leave it in the better which is why it’s so great for a sick day.
When you’re ready to rinse out your Elastiziser, shampoo and condition your hair. Then make sure you use a leave-in conditioner to keep adding nourishment. My current favourite is by Davines Ol Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion, this lightweight oil will leave your hair glossy and like spun silk. Wrap a towel around your hair and let it air dry (no point adding heat to further damage your hair if you’re Friday night plans include using up an entire box of tissues and finishing off a packet of throat sweets in under an hour).
The shower is also a great time to use a body brush; this is only something that I’ve regularly gotten into especially on days where your limbs are on show or you’re getting ready for a night in with a bottle of St Tropez self-tanner. My favourite are the ones with rubber nodules which aid lymphatic drainage. I buy mine from Amazon, they’re as cheap as chips so you don’t feel awful when you replace them every few months.
It’s also worth having a lightening fast exfoliate of those legs, elbows and knees. I have been loving Tocca’s Giulietta Nourishing Body Scrub. Not only is the floral scent heavenly and uplifting (Bulgarian rose, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Lilac and Green Apple to name but a few) but the sugar scrub is filled with nourishing oils to leave skin moisturised, hydrated and smooth without drying it out or feeling like you’ve just had a nasty run-in with some sandpaper.
Preparing food is bottom of my list when I feel rotten so I tend to reach for what’s easiest. This is a good time to eat as much fruit and veggies as possible, make sure that you have some chopped up mangoes, oranges, vegetables and even some dip to munch on throughout the day.
I like to constantly have a cup of hot water with lemon and ginger to keep my bug at bay (even adding a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to it for an extra zing). Most importantly, I make sure to have a green juice on hand a few times a day or make my own shake using chlorella powder to keep my body alkaline. My favourite juice spots in London are Juice Baby and C Press, both of which can be delivered to your door using Quiqup which is a godsend when you’re feeling rotten (they can also stop at the pharmacy to pick up more Lemsip).
Now the important part, spend some really good alone time in bed. Make sure your as cosy and comfortable as possible. I like to put on my favourite pyjamas and spend all day catching up on car-crash television. Olivia von Halle makes some of the chicest silk pyjamas I’ve ever seen, I almost feel guilty not wearing them out. If silk isn’t you think, you can never have enough Eberjay sets (I wear mine in the airport and on long distance flights they’re that chic).