The common cold may not be the most serious sickness to come down with, but like stubbing your toe or getting a paper cut, sometimes it's the "little" things that undo us. When your skin is utterly raw from blowing your nose 200 times a day, and your eyes are itchy, red, and irritated, you can at least mask your misery with makeup for a boost of confidence. Keep scrolling for five simple ways to do just that.
You're going to love this trick in particular. Dab a bit of peppermint oil on your lips for a four-fold benefit: The oil will soothe and soften lips, while plumping them; plus, having the invigorating scent right under your nose will actually help clear sinuses so you can breathe easier; and the scent will perk you up. A whiff ofpeppermint is known to increase alertness, so you'll look and feel less like a walking NyQuil ad and more like your usual fresh-faced self.
Laying cold, steeped green tea bags over your eyes for 10 minutes in the morning will reduce puffiness and calm redness and irritation. Afterwards, do yourself a favor and drink a cup. The brew contains powerful antioxidants, delivers a more gentle dose of caffeine than a cup of coffee, and, if you add a dollop of honey, can soothe a sore throat.
What are your favorite tricks for hiding a miserable cold? Share them with us below, and if you haven't yet succumbed to getting sick, check out our tips on how to avoid the cold and flu this season.