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Soothing tissues, healing balm and a protector – you need this emergency team.
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I went to NYC and I got this dratted cold. I haven't been struck with a cold for years. LaGuardia, I blame you. Now I have a muzzy head and a poor, raw, shredded nose. Wait, no I don't. Okay, head's still slightly muzzy (shut up), but my nose is actually in good shape, thanks to my go-to sore-nose savers.

my go-to-sore-nose savers

sore-nose savers_Kleenex Ultra Soft

Some time ago I realized Ultra Soft Kleenex (120 3-ply sheets/3.69 at was worth the splurge as everyday tissue. Cheap stuff is better for smoothing drywall.

Sore-nose savers_Kleenex Lotion

But for a nose with a cold, Kleenex Lotion is better (120 3-ply sheets/$3.99 at Softer tissue is a no brainer when it comes to sore-nose savers. It's still going to shred your skin, but not on the first try like the cheap stuff, which can eventually draw blood along with whimpers and tears. If you're already an Ultra Soft or Kleenex Lotion convert, you get it. Weird note: the Kleenex Lotion image says it's 3 ply, but the box I have at my side is only 2-ply.

Sore-nose savers_Kleenex Cool Touch

Really I should have had Kleenex Cool Touch (50 3-ply sheets/$3.66), which is insanely soft and cushion-y, but the closet-sized Rexall I'd dashed into didn't have it. If I find a box before this cold has run its course (it's on its way out fast, thank goodness), yay! If not, part of me wants to get one to stash for a just-in-case future, but I don't want the Universe thinking I'd like another cold anytime ever. If you haven't felt a Kleenex Cool Touch, by the way, the second you grab your first one, time will stop. For a few seconds every cell in your being will be focussed on the tissue in your hand, marvelling at the texture. Promise. It's hella expensive -- did you catch that the box has just 50 sheets? But if you have a cold, your nose will love you like never before.

Sore-Nose Savers_La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Recovery

I'm a longtime fan of La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Epidermal Recovery Accelerator ($19 at You can read about how La Roche-Posay Cicaplast fixed my microdermabrasion nightmare face here, and how it fixed an industry colleague's lips here. If you've heard me go on about Cicaplast, you aren't surprised it's on my list of sore-nose savers. On raw skin, an initial application of Cicaplast stings like a -- yeah. Like that. But I can take it (see microdermabrasion nightmare) because as soon as the sting subsides, my poor nose feels normal again, and it's better able to handle the next Kleenex encounter. That's important because I'm already two-thirds of the way through the 120-sheet box I opened just a few hours ago; it's the second box I've got into today.

Note: there is a newer-to-Canada La Roche-Posay Cicaplast on on the shelves and I love it too -- but not for this. I like La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 as a moisturizer, especially when my skin is dehydrated and my cheeks are a bit red and annoyed. It has more of a lotion texture than balm, and it calms skin too. The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Epidermal Recovery pictured above, is more like an ointment or balm, which I find helps provide a little protective covering of its own that I then reinforce with...

Sore-Nose Savers_Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

... Vaseline. With all my Cicaplast gushing you might wonder why I need a tub of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly ($2.99 at on my team of sore-nose savers. I need it because I'm on my second box of Kleenex. I need it because it stays put like a band-aid -- skin doesn't absorb it. I need it because it's an extra soothing layer over the Cicaplast, and a crucial protective layer the next time my nose meets tissue. I slather the stuff on generously after every few Kleenex encounters. The look is horrifically unpretty. But I don't care. Worth it. (If I'd had Kleenex Cool Touch from day one, perhaps I'd have very little Cicaplast+Vaseline, but oh well. And I'd be happy not ever having to find out.)

To re-cap, my sore-nose savers this round have been Kleenex Lotion, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast and Vaseline. And my nose is... happy.

What's on your go-to list of sore-nose savers?