Many of us dread the winter seasons because of the cold weather, particularly icy snow storms that force us to bundle up and the unsavory threat of flu.  For some women, the winter brings about uncomfortable and embarrassing cold sores that make socializing at winter soirees and cocktail parties less than ideal.  Though I am fortunate enough not to suffer from cold sores, I know a lot of people (both men and women) who chronically suffer from them.  So when I was asked to review a new product from Abreva, the cold sore remedy experts, I was more than happy to oblige.

The Abreva Conceal Invisible Cold Sore Patch is the latest solution to women looking to conceal their cold sores while it heals.  The clear patch is non-medicated but when applied to cold sores, allows air to circulate while preventing bacteria and other germs to penetrate.  The kit, which retails for $17, comes with six invisible patches, a concealer brush and a lighted mirror for easy application.  For those of us lucky enough not to get cold sores, the patch also doubles as a blemish concealer. With a bit of practice, application is easy as 1,2,3.

HOW TO APPLY THE ABREVA CONCEAL

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

Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside.

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).

Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”.

While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore.

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.

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

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

After applying the Abreva Conceal on my blemish, along with my concealer and powder, I looked flawless and ready for my photo opp.  The beauty of this new product is that you can use it around your lips and apply lip gloss or lipstick on top.

Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.

Disclosure: 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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Makeda Saggau-Sackey is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Glamazon Diaries, which serves as a daily source of fashion news, style advice and a round-up of the most exclusive celebrity events in New York City and Washington, DC. She is also the editor-in-chief of Duchess of Cambridge Style, an online fashion community devoted to chronicling what the former Kate Middleton wears, events she attends and where to get her looks.

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