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: Cold Sores and Chapped Lips continued...
"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
Cold and Flu Symptoms: The Great Disguise
When it comes to cold and flu symptoms, the one advantage women have over
men is that cosmetics can hide a multitude of sins -- including making you look
absolutely fabulous when you are feeling absolutely awful.
And while some of your regular makeup techniques will work just fine while
you have a cold, Maron says, there are a few special tricks you should keep in
"First, always use a moisturizer to help smooth the skin and minimize
chafing," he says. Because your complexion can be slightly dehydrated when
you're sick, it can dry out and chafe more easily from wind and cold. So, he
says, don't skip this step.
Another tip: Go easier on foundation and powder. “Your skin needs to breathe
more, and you'll feel more comfortable with less heavy makeup," says
Dickerson agrees. "When you have a cold you probably are dehydrated, so
heavy makeup is just going to look cakey," she says.