Cold season is nearly upon us. With it comes red noses, chapped lips and on occasion, cold sores. None of it’s fun. The good news is, you don’t have to stay in hiding (unless contagious, then please stay in!), you can cover up and reverse the evidence, which comes in handy as a mom when you simply don’t have time to be down and out!

Cold sore are probably the hardest to cover of all the symptoms I mentioned but Abreva Conceal is here to help! Abreva Conceal is a clear non-medicated patch that conceals your cold sore and enables you to apply makeup on top, lasting up to 8 hours. Fortunately (for me), I did not have a cold sore to demonstrate Conceal for you but here is the process:

1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry.

2. Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside.
3. Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” (avoid touching the sticky part underneath by holding on to the small rectangular tab).
4. Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”.

5. While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore.
6. Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks to on top of your cold sore.

7. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.

8. Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips.

Foundation: Liquid or powder foundation can be applied on top of Abreva Conceal. A heavier foundation will cover better.

  • Try applying foundation in place of concealer, or use a combination of both for the ultimate coverage.
  • If foundation appears too light on top of the Conceal patch, try a little bronzer to blend with your skin tone.

Concealer:  blend, blend, blend

Powder: dab gently and blend with the rest of your makeup.

Final look.  Keep powder packed in your bag and reapply as needed to keep the shine down.   You can still wear lip color and wear lip liner but pressing lightly on the Conceal.

Enjoy eating, drinking and going about your day as usual with confidence.

Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out. Learn more about how Abreva has you covered!

Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.

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TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a God-loving, coffee-drinking, heel-wearing, wife and mom offering up her best tips to help women look and feel fabulous so they can achieve their biggest dreams.

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