There are two types of people in the world when it comes to lip maintenance; those that suffer from cold sores, and those that’s don’t. If you don’t, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
The cold sore virus (called ‘HSV-1’ i.e. herpes simplex virus-1) is present in most of the population, and there is no permanent cure for it but, for many, the virus lays dormant without any effect.
For the rest of us however, we become prone to cold sores. They can manifest as a sign we are run-down and are usually triggered by harsh weather, such as the recent below freezing temperatures, and ferocious winds. All it takes for a cold sore to appear in weather like this is leaving the house without a scarf wrapped high to shield the lips. Sun also acts as a trigger so sunblock on the lips is vital for cold sore sufferers. Continue reading