Baby, it’s cold outside! How to soothe a sore nose this season
As the seasons change, so do our comfort needs.
With the temperatures dropping, there are so many things for us to be getting excited about. Going on cold winter walks through the park, sipping hot chocolate, bringing out the sparkles for party season and the fact Christmas is just around the corner…!
But not everything about winter can be so great, sometimes our skin can get sore, especially the area around our nose if we’re struck with a case of the sniffles. Because whilst Rudolph might have been able to pull off a red nose with festive flair, it’s not such a great look for the rest of us.
So, with families and friends across the UK hoping to come together this winter, it’s important to take good care of your health AND your skin to make sure those seasonal sniffles don’t get in the way of plans this Christmas.
- Wrap up warm! If you do have to go out, make sure you’re wearing lots of layers – jumpers, gloves, a bobbly hat, and yes, even that knitted scarf your Gran gave you last Christmas. Being wrapped up warm will help to keep any bugs at bay and send them on their way in no time. 
- Face masks help, too. Those winter winds can wreak havoc on the delicate skin around your face and nose. Wearing a mask not only helps protect yourself and those around you from spreading bugs, it also provides a layer of protection for your face – meaning your nose is less likely to get all red and dry.
- Stay hydrated. And no, we are not talking about eggnog! Lots of cold or warm water with honey and lemon or a peppermint tea should do the trick, as it helps to flush the system of any nasties. Did you know if your nose is red, it could be a sign of sinus congestion, and the menthol in peppermint tea can helpto open your airways and ease a blocked nose.
- Make sure you are blowing your nose gently. Snotty sniffles are no good, and blowing your nose lots can make red, sore skin worse. Keeping some Kleenex Balsam Tissues at hand is always a good idea, whether it’s in a box next to the sofa or in handy Pocket Packs for those mid-winter walks. Containing a protective balm of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Calendula, they are soft and gentle on sensitive areas to keep you protected all winter long.
How to blow your nose
As blowing your nose can do more harm than good if not done correctly, we’ve pulled together these helpful steps to protect your nose this winter:
- Grab a Kleenex Balsam tissue and hold it over your nose. Stay away from coarser materials such as paper towels as these can irritate sensitive skin.
- Press one finger against one of your nostrils to close it off. You shouldn’t be able to breathe out of that nostril.
- Gently blow the open nostril into the tissue and wipe away any excess mucus.
- Repeat the process on the other nostril. Blowing one nostril at a time will help clear mucus easier and avoid infecting your sinuses.
- Dispose tissue after use to help prevent the spread of germs.
Always wash your hands correctly after blowing your nose or use antibacterial gel if on the go.