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Hot tips for dodging cold sores

There’s nothing like a cold sore to wipe the smile off your face. The dreaded lip blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can erupt again – and again. Luckily, Herpotherm can help

Swap your lippy for sun block – despite the name, cold sores can be triggered by sunlight (oh, the irony). But when temperatures rise, it’s easy to focus on large areas of skin and neglect your lips. So slap some SPF on that pout.

Just breathe – ever noticed how lip sores have a nasty habit of striking at the worst possible moment? It’s like they know you have a job interview. Unfortunately, stress can weaken the immune system, providing open season for cold sores and other ailments. So make time to unwind.

Switch off that (blue) light – fatigue is another immune system nightmare, and you’ve guessed it, another opportunity for cold sores to rear their ugly heads. So stop scrolling and… Go. To. Sleep.

Moisturise –dry, cracked lips can be an invitation for cold sores, too. Keep them soft and hydrated with some gorgeous lip balm. And while you’re at it, drink some more water (you know you need to).

Zap it in the bud – what if you could defeat cold sores the moment you felt that familiar tingle? Herpotherm is a battery-operated cold sore treatment that delivers a burst of heat to the offending area and has been shown to reduce that annoying tingle, as well as helping to shorten its duration by up to 50%*. It’s chemical-free and looks just like a lipstick. Just zap and smile.

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*J. Wohlrab et al. in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 2013:6.