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Beauty Blunder: How to Cover a Cold Sore

Although they usually clear up within a week or so cold sores are an eyesore! It's hard to feel your best with a cold sore. It seems like the blister is the only thing anyone can focus on. Fortunately, cold sores can be covered up easily while it heals.

Treat It: Applying a thin layer of an OTC ointment like Blistex or Abreva prevents infection and discomfort. Products that contain camphor and benzocaine effectively speed healing time. At the first sign of a cold sore, applying ice supposedly slows the growth rate and relieves pain. Tea contains tannic acid, an ingredient found in some OTC meds for cold store relief. Place a moistened tea bag directly over the area for a few minutes every couple of hours. Keep the cold sore soft to speed healing time with aloe vera. Its said that a cotton ball soaked in milk also provides comfort. Avoid spicy or salty foods and citrus fruits that can aggravate a cold sore.

Cover It: Make sure the cold sore is moistened to avoid makeup sinking into the crevices. Using a Q-tip, gently stipple on a green color corrector (to neutralize the redness) like LOREAL's Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Redness Primer or a creamy concealer directly on the spot. Be sure to use a new Q-tip each time. Then take non-latex sponge to tap it in to avoid spreading the germs. After, dip a cotton ball into powder to lightly brush over the cold sore to ensure the coverage will last. If the cold sore is on your lips, apply lip color with a Q-tip or disposable lip brush. I suggest a soft neutral shade of gloss and play up your eyes instead with color.

If you try these tips, please let me know how they worked for you.

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