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5 Ways To Feel Like Yourself Again After a Cold Sore

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You’ve been dealing with a cold sore, and it has you feeling a little down — at least when it comes to your appearance. Truth is, you’re your own worst critic. But now that you’ve used Abreva to get rid of your cold sore in two-and-a-half days (when used at the first sign1), a little self-care is all you need to bring yourself back to 100 percent. These four acts will make you feel like yourself again, so get after it.

How to Feel Like Yourself Again After a Cold Sore

Feel Good Tip #1: Brew up some immune-boosting tea. Now’s the time to start boosting your body’s immune system to keep it as strong as possible. Start by pouring yourself a cup of chamomile tea, which contains chemical flavonoids that may reduce inflammation. Not a fan of chamomile’s flavor? Try green tea. It’s loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. So you can’t go wrong by adding a cup or either of these teas to your daily routine, particularly after you’ve had a cold sore.

Feel Good Tip #2: Pencil in some pamper time. Make today a #SelfCareSunday, even if it’s the middle of the week. Put on some relaxing music, and take a warm bath — the steam can help with circulation and stress relief. Massage your skin with a face roller, or try a rejuvenating face mask. Get to bed early. All of these restorative actions will help you forget about the bad vibes that cold sore brought into your life.

Feel Good Tip #3: Wear your favorite outfit. Turns out that old saying is true: “When you look good, you feel good.” Part of that equation is the clothes you choose to put on your body. If you like what you’re wearing, you’re less likely to feel self-conscious. And that alone should put a little extra pep in your step.

Feel Good Tip #4: Go on, take a few selfies. You no longer have a reason to hide your face from the world, so what are you waiting for? Find good lighting, snap a selfie, filter it (if you want), and get to posting on social media. Remember, it’s not about the likes you get — it’s about feeling confident in your own skin.

Cold sores are a bummer. But with Abreva and a little self-care, you will be back to normal, inside and outside, in no time.

1Median healing time of 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2 1/2 days.