Covering Up Cold and Flu Symptoms: Beauty Tips
If you've got to look great despite your cold and flu symptoms, these beauty secrets will save the day.
Cold and Flu Symptoms: The Eyes Have It! continued...
"If you lay down for 15 minutes and place cold teabags over your eyes,
you'll see an immediate difference in the puffiness," says Maron. Another
bonus: He says the tea also reduces redness and irritation around the eyes that
often occurs when you have a cold.
If your eyes are more bloodshot then they are puffy, Los Angeles stylist
Allison Dickerson says eye drops can do wonders for making you look instantly
"Nothing says 'I'm sick' like bloodshot eyes, so before you walk out the
door, remove any redness with drops that will also lubricate and cool your
eyes,” explains Dickerson, founder of The A-List.com.
Her choice is ROHTO V eye drops because "they have a cooling kick that
also makes eyes look and feel refreshed." Other brands include Visine,
Murine, Clear Eyes, and Allergan. Some people shouldn't use certain eye
drops, so make sure to look at the package labeling or consult with your doctor
before you use them.
Cold and Flu Symptoms: Cold Sores and Chapped Lips
One of the most frustrating side effects of colds and flu is dry, cracked,
irritated lips -- not to mention cold sores. All can occur if you’ve got even a
low-grade fever, or in the case of chapped, cracked lips, from mouth breathing
when you have a stuffy nose.
And they aren't just uncomfortable -- they can cause you some significant
"Lips that are very dry can crack, causing fissures that can easily
become infected with viruses such as herpes simplex or with bacteria," says
Charles Zugerman, MD, associate professor of clinical dermatology at
Northwestern University Medical School.
One way to avoid problems and look better is to keep your lips properly
conditioned. This, says Zugerman, will prevent cracking and shield your lips
from some of the factors that can trigger cold sores. His choice: heavy-duty
lip balms like Blistex
DCT (Daily Conditioning Treatment for Lips).
"It has vitamins A and E and SPF 20, to keep lips from cracking and
shield them from harmful UVA and UVB rays," he says. Other lip-conditioning
treatments include SwabPlus, ChapStick Overnight Lip Treatment, and Aveeno Lip
To help head off a cold sore, Zugerman says, be on the lookout for early
signs, which can include itching, tingling, and a warm sensation in the area
where a blister will erupt -- usually within 24 hours.
If this occurs, he says, reach for a medicated lip product like Blistex
Medicated Lip Ointment, and apply it liberally up to four times a day. "The
penetrating analgesic properties will offer pain relief, while the moisturizing
properties soften and prevent further cracking," he says.
Those with recurrent flare-ups of cold sores may benefit from antiviral
medication at the first symptoms that a cold sore is coming.
And what if, despite your best efforts, the cold sore appears? Marion Simms,
director of SkinSense Wellness Center in Los Angeles, recommends mixing
together a drop or two of tea tree oil and myrrh and applying it to the
"I've found cold sores respond really well to this combination," she