It’s one of the most Googled make-up questions ever – not just because it’s cool but because it’s one of the trickiest looks to get right. In the first of our series of ‘Feeling Beauty’ films, Iris Law shows us how she wears hers…
When the camera pans to Iris Law she is a cat stalking her prey, becoming more and more transfixed by the bird’s feathery flutters. Her eyes deepen and in the moment before she pounces, the camera zones in on her lashes, which go from sparse and poker-straight to long and luscious.
Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, is behind the magic here, a brilliant all-rounder that makes even short lashes look dramatically thicker, thanks to a brush that gets all the way down to the root, lifting and fanning out the hairs as it goes. You can even swipe a second coat on to still-wet lashes without clumping – it’s that good.
Oh and ditch the lash primer – you don’t need it with this formula and it stays put all day without depositing so much as a smudge or flake under the eyes.
‘I avoid heavy make-up with too much coverage and like to keep the focus on my cheekbones and eyes,’ says Iris of her favourite feline-like beauty look. ‘I use lots of blush and Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara on my top and bottom lashes to give a little lift and make my eyes pop in a cat-like way.’
How to get that feline shape
Director Jason Hetherington at Serlin Associates, Beauty and Concept Director Lisa Oxenham, Makeup Artist Gina Kane at Caren Agency using Burberry Beauty, Hair Stylist David Wadlow, Junior Beauty Writer and Producer Sarah Barnes
2. Draw another line below the original and start to connect it to the lower lash line.
3. Fill in the triangle of space between your top lash line and your lower line, pushing the formula down in between the lashes, making sure there’s no skin peeking through.
4. Repeat that same process on your other eye and make sure both lines are symmetrical. Follow with multiple coats of Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, and pull the wand out to the side to create a cat-eye flick.
Let’s tell the truth about those old wives’ tales…
There are so many old wives’ tales about haircare that make the rounds, that it’s tricky to know what to believe and what to call bullshit on. We grilled some of the industry’s biggest players to help us decipher the biggest hair myths.
Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster
Who knew there was actually some truth in this tale? According to London hairdresser Andrew Jose, although the growth of the hair happens in the follicles of your scalp, frayed and split ends make hair look thinner and when they break off they shorten your hair. Although cutting your hair won’t determine how fast your hair grows, it can certainly help avert hair shaft breakage, keeping your tips looking healthy and preventing splits from working their way up strands.
‘If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims,’ he advises. Jose suggests using one of the best hair masks at least once a week to minimise hair splitting because ‘hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more TLC than a normal conditioner.’ However, you can’t fix a split end, says James Pryce, stylist at Larry King. ‘No matter how much conditioner you apply it will never reseal itself. The trick is to prevent them from happening in the first place.’
If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow back in its place
Phew! So, why do we think it? Well, one grey hair means that there are arguably more greys hidden underneath. Once you have noticed one, you’ll probably start to notice more.
Plucking the hair will indeed get rid of the grey, but only temporarily. The follicle is still alive and will produce another hair to replace the one that was pulled out. However, what you do to one follicle doesn’t affect its neighbour, so it is impossible for two hairs to sprout. Some more good news: when the new hair grows back it may be a little less grey than its predecessor (if you’re lucky). This is because melanogenesis (the process by which hair follicles make the pigment that gives hair its colour) is not totally consistent from hair to hair – so here’s hoping.
Shampooing makes your hair shed
According to those in the know, the worst thing you can do for thinning hair is to wash your hair less, as it needs a clean, debris-free environment to grow.
People often lose hair in the shower, so they associate shampooing with shedding – but if you cut back on washing in an effort to spare your hair, you can actually make the problem worse. The debris and oil build up can cause inflammation, which actually stunts hair growth.
Oils are a no-go if your hair is greasy
Ahhh this is so similar to the myth dermatologists try to dispel on a daily basis – if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use a face oil. Oils are absolutely fine to add to your ends and hair shaft – they’ll add shine and lustre, and help repair split ends.
Oils, unlike other products, do not sit on the hair’s surface creating the illusion of healthy hair. Some of the best hair oils have the ability to penetrate the hair’s cuticle and actually make it healthier.
If you leave your hair for long enough, it will begin to clean itself
Trichologist Anabel Kingsley says this is ‘utter nonsense’, arguing that a clean scalp and hair means a healthier scalp and hair.
‘You should wash and condition your hair regularly,’ she says. ‘When left for 3-4 days the scalp can become flaky, itchy and uncomfortable whilst the hair itself will become dull and lank.’ However, other experts say that when you wash your hair too much, you strip it of its natural oils. We recommend trial and error and seeing what works for you, as everyone’s hair is different.
We’ve all used and abused dry shampoo and counted down the days till our next hair wash, but it turns out that it doesn’t actually make your hair any less oily. In fact, it’s got nothing to do with external factors like washing and instead comes down to how your own body works.
‘No matter how frequently you shampoo your hair, your scalp will continue to produce the same amount of oil. Your hormones and genetics determine how much oil your scalp produces therefore cutting back on shampooing your hair won’t make a difference,’ Burnett says.
You should brush your hair with 100 strokes a day
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is an old wives’ tale that can actually end up causing split ends and huge damage to your hair.
They advise: ‘Brush and comb your hair only to style it. Hair never needs 100 brush strokes a day. Use a wide-tooth comb, and use it gently to comb your hair. Avoid pulling and tugging on your hair as you brush, comb, or style it.’ They also advise using a moisturising conditioner to remove any stubborn tangles rather than tugging at the hair.
Burnett adds, ‘Brushing your hair is imperative to ensuring that the natural oils in your hair are maintained from your scalp to your ends, so a small amount of brushing is fine, but over brushing can actually cause a lot more breakage and activates your oil glands making your hair greasier.’
You should always switch your shampoo
Well, this is a good one to know because it was becoming expensive. ‘Your hair does not get used to shampoo, you simply get used to its effects,’ says Pryce. However, you should change up your hair products for things like seasonal shifts, as you get older and if you’re colouring your hair more/differently.
Washing with cold water makes hair shinier
While there’s some truth to this myth, you’ll have to resort to an Arctic cold shower if you want to really see a difference. (We’d rather not, to be honest).
Burnett explains, ‘As your hair contains no living cells, it doesn’t actually react to cold or hot water. Although, icy water will make the hair light-reflective and not ruffled or dull looking.’
Dandruff is a sign of a dry scalp
This is true, but there are a lot of things that cause dandruff, not just a dry scalp. It’s kind of grim, but a whole list of skin conditions can cause flakiness so it’s best to keep an eye on things and go to your doctor if you’re a little worried.
‘Although dandruff is one of the causes of a dry scalp, the two don’t necessarily correlate. Medical skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis are caused by the over production of oil (sebum) not dryness, this looks yellowish white in colour. Dry scalps are commonly caused by the environment elements or product build up,’ Burnett explains.
You can’t dye your hair while pregnant
Phew! Feel free to go as bright and as bold as you like, hair dye doesn’t actually affect your baby. Only a minuscule amount of it actually gets absorbed into your skin, so you can cover up those roots without breaking a sweat.
Burnett adds, ‘This is a very common myth in hairdressing and is actually one of the biggest concerns for my clients. Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes are completely safe and don’t have any toxins or chemicals that can harm a baby.’
Game of Thrones season eight is fast approaching, and to prepare for the upcoming finale Urban Decay has launched an impressive make-up range inspired by the hit HBO series.
Fans have been waiting on tenterhooks for the final instalment to hit the screens, they’ve been tormented by GoT inspired Air BnB homes, as well as Easter treats, but now there is another release to make the countdown slightly more bearable.
The beauty brand’s 11-piece collection includes everything from an eyeshadow palette, highlighters and brushes, to a cheek stain, and lipsticks, and with every beauty must have is a nod to the medieval drama.
Here’s what’s in store…
Urban Decay Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette £45
The 20 piece eyeshadow collection is split into four sections to reflect the four Westerios power players in the series from the house of Targaryen to house Stark.
The quarter of the palette dedicated to the White Walkers features icy hues and midnight blue tones titled Frozen North and White Walker, while the Winterfell section includes metallic regal tones, such as sparkly reds, forest greens and bronze.
The House Lannister section boasts smokey matte shades in terracotta, as well as metallic bronze hues, but for those who are a bit more daring with their make-up will go head over heels for the pink and purple swatches in the palette.
If the palette leaves you feeling spoilt for choice you may prefer the durable 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, which comes in four shades, gold, white, black and teal, for an affordable £16 each.
Mother of Dragons Highlighter Palette £25
The trio of highlighters includes a rose hue Drogon, which can double up as a blusher, while those opting for a sun-kissed look may prefer the gold and bronze tones of Vision and Rhaegal.
Urban Decay has paid extra attention to detail with embossed detail on top of each compact powder.
They have even gone the extra mile by fitting a compact mirror into the nifty packaging for when you are on the go. It’s safe to say the palette ticks all the boxes.
But for those who may prefer a pinky tint to their cheeks instead will swoon over Urban Decay’s Lip and Cheek Stain that doubles up as a blusher and lipstick for just £19.
Vice Lipstick £17.50
The Urban Decay x Game of Thrones collection includes four limited edition lipsticks, and on each case is an ornate gold print – you won’t be able to miss it in your make-up bag.
The shades are a nod to the female protagonists in the series, Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targeryen, Cersei Lannister and White Walker.
Stark’s lipstick shade is a peachy nude, while the Daenerys and White Walker products are a deeper berry shade for those who prefer a pop of colour to neutral tones.
The collection doesn’t stop there, as two eyeshadow brushes can also be snapped up from the collection.
The brushes feature claw detail on the top of the handle to resemble Jon Snow’s Longclaw sword, as well as Arya Stark’s weapon, there is no doubt they will be a huge hit among fans.
The entire collection is also available to buy for £198, which is a HUGE saving compared with if you bought each item separately that would total over £220.
The full Urban Decay x Game of Thrones capsule is available exclusively from Urbandecay.co.uk , as well as Selfridges and Arnotts from April 14.
Jodie Comer stole our hearts with her incredible wardrobe and flawless complexion as villainous Villanelle in Killing Eve last year.
In fact we spent the whole first season dreaming about how to get our hands on the assassin’s iconic Molly Goddard pink dress, and know the secret to her glowing skin.
Now, the wait is over and all has been revealed…
Killing Eve‘s hair and make-up artist, Lucy Cain, opts for a minimalist beauty look on Jodie to reflect the ‘childlike’ side of her character Oksana Astankova, but her looks are often dramatised when she goes on her murdering sprees.
Speaking to Refinery29 about Jodie’s on-set looks, the expert said: ‘With Villanelle, she’s quite childlike. So the make-up is a bit more uniform for her, unless she is playing a character, meaning that she’s about to commit a murder.’
Lucy transformed Jodie from a likeable character to blood thirsty savage by darkening her eyebrows with pencil, adding smokey eye make-up and lipstick.
She continued: ‘We fill in her eyebrows a bit darker, throw on a smudged eyeliner, and maybe even play with a lip.’
And another top tip – ‘When you see her in a wig it’s a flag to the audience that she’s about to commit a murder.’
Lucy has insisted Jodie has a great complexion thanks to her thorough skincare regime, which sees her rely on Crème de la Mer face cream and a Murad primer, before she applies her trusty cosmetics.
Lucy explained: ‘She takes great care of her skin, and used Crème de la Mer face cream this season.’
When it comes to Jodie’s go-tos she swears by Crème de la Mer foundation in Linen, a Glossier mascara, Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil in Mahogany, By Terry Expert concealer, Becca cream blusher in shade Watermelon, and a sweep of Bobbi Brown lip liner.
So there we have it!
Killing Eve season two is on its way, after already debuting in America.
Lush has announced it is closing its UK social media accounts, because it is ‘tired of fighting with algorithms’.
The beauty brand – known for its vegan bath bombs and face masks – revealed its plans to ‘switch up social’ in a string of tweets earlier this week, in a bid to have more direct contact with their customers via email, phone or their website.
Speaking about their new plan on Twitter, which will see Lush UK’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as their Lush Kitchen, Lush Times, Lush Life, Soapbox and Gorilla come to an end, the company wrote:
‘We’re switching up social. Increasingly, social media is making it harder and harder for us to talk to each other directly. We are tired of fighting with algorithms, and we do not want to pay to appear in your newsfeed. So we’ve decided it’s time to bid farewell to some of our social channels and open up the conversation between you and us instead.’
The statement continued: ‘Lush has always been made up of many voices, and it’s time for all of them to be heard. We don’t want to limit ourselves to holding conversations in one place, we want social to be placed back in the hands of our communities – from our founders to our friends. We’re a community and we always have been. We believe we can make more noise using all of our voices across the globe because when we do we drive change, challenge norms and create a cosmetic revolution. We want social to be more about passions and less about likes.
‘This isn’t the end, it’s just the start of something new. #LushCommunity – see you there.’
Lush UK’s Twitter account boasts over 202,000 followers, with over double on Facebook, while their Instagram followers have racked up to 569,000.
Lush North America however will not follow suit and will continue to be present on social media.
It’s no surprise that when you’re pregnant your skin changes. The rest of your body goes through its own transition, so why wouldn’t your complexion? When you’re pregnant skin can become more sensitive and some women might even experience bouts of acne, increased redness or pigmentation (nicknamed ‘the mask of pregnancy’) where they didn’t before. (It’s worth noting too that if you already suffer from rosacea or psoriasis, these can be exacerbated by pregnancy.) It’s not all doom and gloom though, because if you’re armed with the right pregnancy skincare regime, you can tackle these symptoms head on.
Here’s our roundup of the changes, how to treat them and which ingredients to avoid…
The main changes to skin when pregnant
‘Pregnancy brings about changes to your hormones, immune system, metabolism and blood vessels that influence the skin in various ways, explains Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe, founder of SKNDOCTOR.
A surge in progesterone causes your body to produce more sebum, which can lead to hormonal acne in pregnancy. And annoyingly, it can affect your whole body so you could see a sudden increase in back acne and blemishes on your décolletage.
If this is something that you’re suffering from, then it’s even more important that you include the right products in your pregnancy skincare regime. You might have to pick up some new ones that you don’t have in your bathroom cabinet.
‘For particularly oily, acne-prone skin, I recommend you use products that contain AHAs (Glycolic Acid) and Azelaic Acid,’ says Dr Ukeleghe. These make for a great addition to you pregnancy skincare routine, because they’re also great for treating pigmentation.
The Mask of Pregnancy
The most common skin concern during pregnancy is hyperpigmenation. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, it can affect up to 50% of women during their pregnancy, because hormones are slightly out of kilter and your body starts to produce more oestrogen. Combined with an increase in photosensitivity, this presents itself as large patches of discolouration on the face. The increase in oestrogen is also why your areola (the round area around your nipples) darkens.
Dr Ukeleghe encourages daily SPF use: ‘Consistent sunscreen use will stop pigmentation from getting worse.’ You should be using a daily SPF of 30 or above anyway, but it is it particularly important during pregnancy, because your skin is more photosensitive.
This is why Jasmina Vico, a skin expert, recommends using a vitamin C serum every single day during your pregnancy to help brighten dark spots and pigmentation, as well as accentuating that maternal glowy complexion. She recommends Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF (depending on your skin type) and Medik8 C-Tetra.
Vico says the first thing you should do when you find our you’re pregnant is simplify your skincare routine: ‘Take out anything too harsh or abrasive, because your skin is much more sensitive at this time.’ She recommeds using as few products as possible as well, so stick to a good cleanser, toner, serum, moistuiser and SPF.
This increase in senstivity is what causes pregnancy hot flushes and a red tinge to the skin. Dr Ukeleghe suggest switching out your exisiting products for those that come from lines that are specifically for sensitive skin, like the Bioderma Sensbio range. But then she says, ‘Only slot in pregnancy-friendly actives if you have specific skin concerns, because excessive skncare routines and harsh ingredients can irritate.’
Ingredients to avoid when pregnant
1. Salicylic Acid (in high concentrations, anything below 2% is safe)
2. Vitamin-A (any product with retinol)
3. Skin lightening products (anything containing hydroquinoane)
Keep scrolling for our edit of products to introduce into your pregnancy skincare routine:
The market is flooded with different fragrances – from niche, designer and celebrity perfumes to gourmand, citrus and woody scents. And I’m not talking a bit of light flooding in winter, I’m talking national emergency, get the army’s help, flooding. Walk into any high street beauty hall nowadays and the choice is overwhelming. To make matter worse, at every turn is another sales person armed with a bottle ready to douse you. Well allow me to put an end to this confusion and point you in the right direction. Whenever you find yourself in a department store, head straight to the Aerin Beauty. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not that familiar with Aerin Beauty, it’s a realitvely small brand, that despite launching into the UK in 2013, has not been given the recognition it deserves. The brand founder is Aerin Lauder, granddaughter to Estée Lauder, a fabulous New Yorker whose premise in life, which is reflected in the brand, is ‘living beautifully should be effortless.’ In the US, it’s a fully-fledged lifestyle brand influenced by her signature style and aestethic, as well as travel and flowers, with everything from kitchenware and stationary to fashion and beauty. Aerin (the brand and the woman) is a household name, with many obsessing over the founder’s life; her Instagram is a neverending inspiration board.
I remember the day I smelt my first Aerin fragrance like it was yesterday. As soon as I had sprayed a little of Lilac Path into the air, I was in love. From that moment on, I have always owned a bottle of it. I honestly believe it’s one of the best perfume for women. It was even the scent I chose to take on my honeymoon with me. That’s the thing about Aerin Beauty fragrances, they’re conjuer up the most wonderful scent memories.
The range, made up of 18 fragrances, is incredibly diverse – each one evokes a different mood and feeling. The bottles themselves are simply stunning – the gem caps making them somewhat of a collector’s item that will jazz up any dressing table.
Here’s a roundup of my absolute favourites, but I urge you to make a trip to the counter yourself to find the one that has you hooked.
Pregnancy can be really tough on the body. Not only are you constantly exhausted and moments away from being sick, but your temperature is all over the place, you get more spots that normal, your legs and feet swell and that’s before we even get to the stretch marks. Your homones are all over the place and it’s your body that takes the brunt of it. Plus it isn’t just when you’re pregnant, the actual birth itself is one heck of thing and your body needs time and some TLC whilst it recuperates.
What you need is an arsenal of pregnancy beauty products that will help alleviate some of these symptoms and make your pregnancy journey that little bit easier.
It might look like Meghan Markle is sailing through her pregnancy (not a swollen ankle in sight), but she’s no stranger to investing in a good pregnancy beauty product to help take care of her skin during her pregnancy. In fact, she’s always been quite open about her favourite beauty products.
Meghan Markle Pregnancy Beauty Products
It’s been reported that both Kate Middleton, and now Meghan Markle, used Beuti Skincare’s Sleep Elixir during both of their pregnancies. The Elixir is made up of 14 plant-based oils, which have huge anti-inflammatory properties. After a couple of days notice, you’ll notice the change in your skin; your complexion will appear more even and glowy. Which when you’re tired and feeling a bit out of sorts is just what the doctor ordered. According to the founder of Beuti Skincare, the palace recieve regular supplies of the Sleep Elixir.
Meghan has also waxed lyrical about her love of Nivea’s Q10 Firming Lotion. She told Beauty Banter: ‘It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it,’ she added. The brand have now developed a Q10 Firming body oil that also targets stretch marks, so we reckon she might have given it a bash.
Meet the brand being described as the ‘Netflix of beauty’
In this new franchise we ask: What’s all the fuss about? There are so many products and brands that enter stratospheric realms of popularity – going from zero to hero in what feels like a matter of weeks – think Drunk Elephant, Milk Make-Up, and Augustinus Bader. But why are they so popular? We’ve decided to investigate…
Beauty Pie – the background
Founded by Marcia Kilgore – the beauty brainbox behind brands like Soap and Glory, Soaper Duper and Bliss Spa – Beauty Pie’s aim is to bring beauty lovers top quality products at factory prices. By cutting out the middle man and avoiding retailer mark-up, you can bag luxury products for much less of a price than you would at a high-end beauty counter. Simples.
The system is a fairly straightforward one: You pay a monthly membership allowing you to shop the factory prices, with a monthly spending allowance depending on your chosen membership level. Any unused allowance rolls over to the next month, so you won’t miss out on any spends – it’s really no wonder it’s been dubbed the ‘Netflix of beauty’.
The Pie’s founder, Marcia Kilgore
Is it any good?
The answer you’re really here for is a resounding yes. Beauty Pie’s products are made using high-quality ingredients and in the same factories as some of the industry’s most luxury brands, which they claim means you get five times more for your money (or a bigger piece of the Beauty Pie).
Between them, the skincare ranges have pretty much every concern covered. Japanfusion packs a moisture punch for dry skin, while Super Retinol tackles the visible signs of ageing and Qi Energy gives lacklustre, exhausted skin the kick up the backside it needs.
So, which piece of the pie should you start with? Keep reading for some of the brand’s best-loved products.
The Great Skin Foundation is infused with micro-pearls for a soft focus finish and offers a good level of coverage, with a finish that’s slightly on the matte side and oil-free. Currently available in 15 shades, the brand has said on their website that they will be increasing their shade range ‘in due course’.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that retinol is a pretty super anti-ageing ingredient; nothing works quite like it. It increases collagen production, smoothes fine lines and improves skin’s elasticity and even the appearance of dark spots. Super Retinol is infused with both lactic acid to exfoliate and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, it’s a multi-pronged approach to getting great-looking skin.
One Powder Wonder is a seriously fine pressed powder that blurs, sets and adds a subtle healthy glow, and is so lightweight you’ll barely feel yourself applying or wearing it. The ‘Uberlescent’ shade is transluscent, so it works on all skin tones to reduce shininess and set make-up.
The Japanfusion range is a wonder cure for the effects of dry skin, getting deep into skin’s layers to boost moisture levels and making it happier in the process. As well as the range’s make-up removing cleansing balm, hydrating lotion and face serum, the Supreme Cream is a real gem – its consistency is a kind of thick gel, but not at all greasy or heavy and leaves skin feeling super soft and supple. Trust us when we say it’s one of the best moisturisers for dry skin ever.
As well as the epic make-up and super effective skincare, Beauty Pie also makes divine luxury scented candles that won’t break the bank. Pomegranate and Baies Rose is a warming scent, while the Vanilla and Clean House options are equally delicious and comforting. Buy them in bulk as birthday presents.
Any affordable beauty line is worth the hype in our eyes, but Beauty Pie’s products have proven themselves as being seriously effective too. Their huge fan base of Pie-worshippers, who part with their hard-earned cash and rave about the products, is a testament to that. It’s a double thumbs up from us.
Picture this: you wake up one morning, ready to take on the day, stand in front of your bathroom mirror and there staring back at you, just above your top lip is a cold sore. Have you ever heard of a more distressing tale? We thought not.
Cold sores are horrific – they’re painful, they ooze, they look really, really unsightly. Ghastly in fact. Which is awful, because they already make you feel like a social pariah, what them being super contagious.
So to sum up – a cold sore is just about one of the worst things that you could wake up to.
However, they can be treated. And if done so properly, they won’t hang around for long. May your social life prevail once more.
Here’s everything you need to know about the dreaded cold sore…
What is a cold sore?
‘To put it simply,’ Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe, medical doctor and skincare expert, explains. ‘Cold sores are blisters that typically appear around the mouth (i.e. the lip border) secondary to a viral infection.’ According to NHS Inform, they ‘often start with a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth and clear up between seven and ten days without treatment.’
What causes a cold sore?
‘It is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1), which is an extremely common and highly contagious virus. The virus is spread by direct or indirect contact with someone who actively has the virus.’ That means, you shouldn’t kiss, share glassware, cutlery or even towels with someone who has a cold sore.
There are different triggers for different people; some people will find that the sunlight gives them a cold sore, others get them from stress, hormone changes, injury to the area and exhaustion. Each of these wakes the virus up, and the result is a nasty cold sore.
What is the link between cold sores and herpes?
‘Cold sores and genital herpes are caused by the same group of virus – Herpes Simplex. However, cold sores are caused by HSV1 (Herpes Simplex Virus 1) and genital herpes are caused by HSV2 (Herpes Simplex Virus 2). It’s important to note that genital herpes occur after sexual activity. Painful genital blisters, ulcers, redness, swelling and swollen glands (lymph nodes) are the symptoms associated with this.
This means that you should be wary of oral sex – don’t go down on anyone with genital herpes (not that you would knowingly) and a person should never go down on somebody else whilst with a cold sore.
What are the best cold sore treatments?
‘Mild uncomplicated episodes of cold sores don’t require treatment, as they totally resolve without treatment within 10 day,’ says Dr Ukeleghe. ‘However, in order to get rid of them faster, you can use a topical anti-viral medication. An example of this is Zovirax – which contains an anti-viral ingredient called Aciclovir.’ You can also get your hands on patches that go over the cold sore to stop any aggravation from weather or contact. These have hydrocolloid gel in them, which according to the NHS works well at treating wounds.
Can you ever get rid of cold sores completely?
Annoyingly you will never get rid of the virus. Once it’s in your system, it’s set up camp, built a fire and plans to stay for the long haul. Dr Ukeleghe goes continues, ‘After the initial infection, the virus lays dormant in the nervous system, it can then reoccur at a later stage. This can happen multiple times over one’s lifetime.’
How to prevent a cold sore?
A perfectly, hydrated lip is unlikely to fall foul to a cold sore. Keeping your lips super hydrated, to prevent chapping, with the best lip balm will really help keep them at bay. You ideally want to pick a lip balm with an SPF to add another layer of protection.
Are lips the only place that you can get a cold sore? Can you get them on your nose?
Yes, you can get a cold sore on your nose, as Dr Ukeleghe explains: ‘It can technically occur anywhere on the face, but it’s found most commonly around the mouth.’
So there we have it, everything you could ever hope to know about a cold sore. If you have any other questions that you would like us to ask, please tweet us at @marieclaireuk.