Cold and flu season can do a number on your body but if you’ve got a serious case of the sniffles, you might be seeing some effects on your skin too. Between cold medications, repeated nose blowing, itchy throats and fevers, it’s not abnormal to experience less than sub-par skin. To avoid spotty, flushed, dehydrated skin, try following these five tips from yours truly at skiin Anti-Aging Lounge:

1. Use a humidifier at night. Whenever the air is dry it looks for moisture wherever it can get it—and that means robbing it from skin. Common decongestants also dehydrate the skin, leaving it parched and dry. Using a humidifier at night keeps moisture in the bedroom air, which maintains hydration levels in the skin, and keeps it feeling comfortable.

2. Apply a cold gel mask to your skin. Since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a rich moisturizer can save the day – and your skin. There’s no better replenisher than myHERO from mybody.

3. Keep moisturizer on your nose at all times. Repeated nose blowing causes friction of the tissue (even tissues with added moisturizer) around the nose, resulting in red, dry, irritated skin. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area for comfort and repair. Look for creams that contain anti-inflamatory ingredients and linoleic acid for ultimate soothing moisturization. One to try: mybody‘s SAFETY BLANKET.

4. Turn to mint. Fighting an infection can leave skin looking gaunt and sallow and congestion makes it hard to breathe. So think mint. Sip on mint tea —medical experts recommend it to sooth a sore throat, help drain sinuses and ease congestion. You’ll love the taste of this one.

5. Drink a lot of water. Despite common perception, this isn’t very beneficial for the skin, since water is the least efficient way to hydrate it, but more so for the body. Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down. We recommend making refreshing water recipes to help flush out those germs –  strawberry, mint and lemon are just a few great additives for a detoxifying and delicious H2O combo. Adding fresh ginger and honey is great for combating colds with a refreshing spicy twist as well.