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!
While your eyes may be the windows to your soul, they can also be a dead
giveaway that you've got a cold. Puffy, watery, red eyes are often the result
of a cold, and they can look even worse if you've also been up all night with a
The solution: Take a teabag nap!
"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).