Take Cover: Helpful Hints for Hiding Sickness

The only thing worse than feeling sick is looking the part. You know what we're talking about -- chapped lips, puffy eyes, red nose and fever blisters. Even after you're past the point of being contagious, the unsightly aftermath can linger for some time to come and leave you looking like you're completely contaminated. So how do you look good even when you're feeling kind of bad? Well, for starters, prevention is key. Forget napkins, toilet paper and paper towels. Use only tissues with lotion, specifically vitamin E and aloe. This will prevent redness and irritation caused by repeatedly blowing your nose. In the event you aren't able to stave away sores around the nose, you may want to apply a hydrocortisone cream (1%) to speed up the healing process. To cover up the area, apply a small amount of concealer to the area. It's also important to keep an eye on your peepers. Those red, puffy eyes often scream sickness. Before handling the inside, deal with the outside. Soak a couple of caffeinated tea bags in water, then refrigerate until cold.

Close the eyes and apply one tea bag to each eye. Let sit for 15 minutes. Another option is to cut up a cucumber. Apply two slices over the eyes and set for 15 minutes. This technique also reduces puffiness. Once you've tackled sick and tired eyes, Visine, Clear Eyes and other drops are all effective in clearing things up so you're no longer seeing red. Of course, it's also important to keep lip service in mind. Dry lips and cold sores are often some of the unsightly side effects that accompany an unexpected illness. To prevent an outbreak from occurring, keep the lip area hydrated and conditioned with lip conditioner. There are plenty of inexpensive brands like Blistex available at your local drugstore. If you feel a cold sore coming on, invest in a medicated lip ointment and apply throughout the day. You may also want to consider using antiviral medication if cold sores are an ongoing issue.