You wake up looking like you went out with a vampire who was cheating on his blood-free diet. It’s going to be hard to convince your friends, parents, or boss that you got hit in the neck with a golf ball last night. So, what do you do? If you don’t want to wear a turtle neck for five days or pretend like you just developed serious allergies, here are a few tricks you can use to make your hickey fade and disappear faster.
Is that a hickey, or a bruise? If you were stumbling around or had a rough romp last night, it may be hard to tell. Bruises will appear black, brown, or yellow. Hickeys will be a dark purple, red, or pink. If it’s a hickey, time for damage control!
2. Get ice cold.
You may be mad at your lover, but instead, turn that chill to good use. Use an ice pack within the first twelve hours to reduce blood flow and repair your broken blood vessels. You can also put metal spoons in the freezer and use them in lieu of a cold compress. If you’re expecting a wild night, you may want to stock up in advance.
3. Heat it up.
You already got hot in the bedroom. Now, bring that heat to your hickey! After twelve hours, your blood vessels will be healed. Get your circulation flowing by holding a warm towel or compress on the hickey. Your blood vessels will open, and direct blood away from the scene.
4. Mend it with a massage.
Everyone loves a massage… including your neck’s war wound. Apply gentle pressure to help break up the blood, then massage in a circle from the center, outward. Some people swear by massaging it with a toothbrush, comb, or coin to get more power… but that can be painful and hurt your skin. I’d recommend using it with your cold or hot compress instead.
5. Check your medicine and beauty cabinets.
Aspirin and even coffee helps to dilate your blood vessels and increase circulation, which can heal your hickey. Similarly, peppermint and mint-based oils and lotions can reduce the redness. If you have Vitamin K or E creams, they can help, too! Just be sure they don’t irritate your skin.
6. Cover it with makeup.
When all else fails, great concealer can help you. Get some thick, professional foundation that is used for stage lights, tattoos, and scars. Make sure it’s slightly lighter than your skin tone, to help reduce the dark redness. Don’t forget to blend!
7. Winter wear.
If you have someplace to be and it’s not healing fast enough, you may find that you have to plan your wardrobe around your hickey. If it’s too warm for a turtle neck sweater or hoodie, opt for a nice scarf. If you have long hair, style it to cover your bruise. Even a plaster with a nice ‘I got scratched by my cat’ excuse can work.
8. Give it time.
Like all bruises, a hickey on the neck just needs some time to heal. As long as you’re not going to a job interview, your first day of work, or a holiday where you’ll see your family, you’ll make it through. In the meantime, you can always pretend your burnt yourself with a curling iron.