Makeup artist shares tricks to combat red nose during cold and flu season

CINCINNATI - Feeling like Rudolph the red nose reindeer because of your cold or flu?

Celebrity makeup artist Andrea Lauren says healing a cracked red nose should start not only with a good night's sleep, but help from a natural product. She recommends coconut oil.
"Rub it on your nose and around your lips and you can sleep in it at night. That way at night your skin is healing and when you wake up in the morning, your nose and your lips are not going to be as red," said Lauren, co-owner of Cincy Style Bar.
After you wake up and wash your face, Lauren says you should apply moisturizer.
"This is really going to hydrate your face and make your skin look beautiful," Lauren explained.
Lauren says women should also use a concealer before applying their makeup.
"I would use either a yellow or green based concealer around your nose or lips, wherever it may be red to counteract the redness," Lauren explained from her Hyde Park salon in Cincinnati.
Lauren also recommends using a tan or white liner on the rim of your eyes to bring back the sparkle.
But the best way to prevent a red nose, is not to get the flu at all.  Protecting yourself from ever getting sick should begin with a vaccination.
Dr. Lisa Larkin, Director of UC Health Women's Center, says she knows patients hear it all the time, but one of the first lines of defense is getting the flu shot.
"I would encourage people to be vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s never too late," Dr. Larkin said.
However, the workplace can be a hotbed for the flu virus with germs lurking just about everywhere. Could germs be hanging around on your toaster or when you heat up your food in the microwave? 
Dr. Larkin says viruses can live on hard surfaces like the phone, computer keyboard, or light switch even though they won't survive for long. However, she says it's still a good idea to disinfect those areas.
"At the end of each day we do use antibacterial cleaner to wipe down all the hard surfaces every day," Larkin explained.
Larkin says people should not be afraid to tell their co-workers to cover their mouths.
"If you have the coworker next to you who is coughing, ask them to cough into a tissue or the crook of their arm," Larkin said.
Dr. Larkin's final words of advice is to remember to wash hands several times throughout the day.
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