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The Genius Cold Sore Fix Every Sporty, Sun-Loving Florida Gal Needs In Her Medicine Cabinet

The Genius Cold Sore Fix Every Sporty, Sun-Loving Florida Gal Needs In Her Medicine Cabinet

You know what? Cold sores happen.

Sometimes you don’t take the best care of yourself. Maybe you get yourself tied-up into a big, ol’ stressball because of challenging work and family stuff. Or maybe you forget to slick on lip SPF when it’s guns-blazing sunny outside and you’re playing about 95 sets of tennis. Or, maybe - ahem - you’re practically killing yourself just trying to keep up at Orangetheory and your immune system is compromised.

Okay, all that stuff up there is me in a nutshell. The last few weeks have been…a little intense.

But I’m here to solve YOUR Florida-related beauty problems along with mine, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t just stumble upon the most genius fever blister fix of all time: Compeed Invisible Cold Sore Patch.

You can get them on Amazon, and they will change. your. life.

Although my order of Compeed arrived when my cold sore had already worked itself thru the gnarly “I just want to hide my head in a paper bag” phase, I tried it anyway and I’m so happy I did.

Not only did it take away all of the residual pain and tenderness, it also kicked that tell-tale redness to the curb. After I removed the patch, and swiped-on a little of my new favorite lipstick (Revlon Super Lustrous in Sassy Mauve), I felt almost human again, ready to interact with the rest of the outside world.

So WTH are they, exactly? They’re basically just teensy weensy, totally clear circular patches that you ohhhhhhhhhhh so carefully peel-off these cool, space age-y backing sheets and place, ever so gently, over the offending spot. Allegedly, they work for up to 12 hours, slowly releasing a steady stream of meds.

Here’s what it says on the back of the package:

Each invisible patch creates an optimal healing environment and stays in place for up to 12 hours.

The patch acts like a virus shield to reduce risk of contamination from the cold sore.

For best results start using when you first feel a tingle and continue using a patch day and night throughout the outbreak until the lesion is fully healed.

I love the idea of creating an “optimal healing environment” for something as loathsome as a #&*%$# cold sore. Why should we be so nice to something that turns our life on its ass for 10 days and makes us feel completely self-conscious? Grrrr….

Anyway, my medicine cabinet is now fully stocked for the next battle I wage against these suckers. But in the meantime, I intend to prevent them by:

  1. Keeping my stress level under control. I need to get back to meditating, stat.

  2. Sleeping more soundly. I want one of those weighted anxiety-prevention blankets soooo bad. But until I feel like I have enough extra dough hanging around to buy one, I’m DIY-ing it by folding a heavy quilt into quarters.

  3. Using lip SPF regularly. Like, duh. This is so basic, and yet I fail to do it. Girl, get yerself a grip.

  4. Adding lysine back into my daily supplements. I took lysine religiously during my 20s and 30s, and it really helps to prevent the type of immune-system breakdowns that can trigger cold sores. Now that I’m living in Florida, and I’m out in the sun almost every day, it’s time to tap it again.

Okay, I think I’ve thoroughly exhausted this gruesome topic. If you suffer from cold sores, nab some Compeed patches. Over and out. xoxoxoxoxo

(BEAUTEOUS) PHOTO ABOVE: ANTONY SASTRE

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