Things happened in the heat of the moment. It felt so right...and then before you knew it, you realized you’ve got one BIG purplish-red mark on your neck! It hurts, we know. However, anyone catching a glimpse of it can get you into serious trouble (Especially if it’s your parents!) Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 7 fab tips to get rid of that hickey super fast. (You’re welcome!)
1. Just “Cool It!”
The first sign of a hickey is that tiny dark spot on your neck (or any other part of your body, of course, where a lot of attention has been paid!!). It’s caused by the pressure put on the area by the lips and the tongue - basically, it’s a bruise that’s been created by damage to the blood vessels under your skin, and the blood has clotted. Tend to it as soon as you notice it! Wrap an ice cube in a piece of cloth, or grab hold of a frozen bag of peas (or any other makeshift ice pack you can lay your hands on) and place it firmly against your hickey. Leave it there for 20 minutes or so. It will help the inflammation subside and the mark won’t get more prominent like bruises usually do.
2. Hello There, Toothbrush!
Believe it or not, but brushing your hickey using a toothbrush could actually do wonders for banishing it. While doing it, make sure you’re gentle. This very action stimulates blood circulation and speeds up recovery. Do this consistently for 15-20 minutes and you’ll start to see that the mark begins to slowly diminish. After brushing, put a damp cloth over the area to aid the healing process.
3. Give Yourself A Good Massage
Giving your hickey a good massage help the blood un-clot. Soak a towel in warm water, and place the heated damp cloth over the hickey. Once that area is warm, put your fingers to work! Start massaging in a circular motion, and then switch to anti-clockwise. The key here is to break the blood clot and push the blood away from the centre of the purplish mark. Do this for 5-10 minutes and repeat the process several times during the day. You have to try it to believe it!
4. Do You Have A Penny On You?
Who would have ever thought that a coin could help in erasing that embarassing hickey? Well, it certainly can! At first, it might hurt a little, but then the results will be worth it in the end. You can trust us on that one. All that’s required from you is to pick a coin up and get into action. By using two fingers, pull the skin on either sides of the hickey till your skin is stretched flat. Here comes the main part. Using the edge of the coin, try scraping the hickey away! This will break the blood clot and restore blood circulation. Try this for 2-3 minutes and give your hickey the time to heal.
5. Pen Caps To The Rescue!
They may be tiny in size, but interestingly these babies can make that hickey go away. Using it multiple times over your hickey helps it to break down the blood clot, relieves the pain and improves blood circulation. Take the cap of your pen and place it directly on top of your hickey. Gently press it into the hickey and twist the cap. Hold in that position for 5-10 seconds and release. Do this for several times during the day.
6. Alcohol At Your Service
Has your love bite been burning and hurting? If that’s the case, you have to give alcohol a shot! It not only acts as a coolant, it also has disinfectant properties. Before applying it over your hickey, apply a moisturizer first! Alcohol tends to dry skin faster and be harsh on it if applied directly. Leave it on for 5-8 minutes and wash it off with chilled water.
7. That Art Of Makeup
If none of the above works for you, you can always use makeup to temporarily conceal it! Concealers and compact powders should do the trick. Start by applying the concealer on and all around the hickey. Blend it in well by using a makeup brush. To add a final touch, use powder to cover it up so that the concealer looks as natural as your skin tone. Best of luck!
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Published on Oct 14, 2015