Excitement in the heat of the moment got to you? We tell you five ways to get that love bite out of sight!
You might blame it on those scented candles, but the deed’s done and you have a love bite. Going around with a hickey as an adult is not exactly fashionable, however, sometimes, excitement in the heat of the moment tends to the get the better of a lot of us, and we end up with a ‘love bite’.
Essentially, a love bite is a bruise. When the skin is sucked or kissed too hard, blood vessels under the skin break, and blood leaks into the surrounding area, which is what gives the hickey its colour. A hickey can typically last for a week or more. So, unless the idea of attending the big presentation with a hickey on your neck seems appropriate, here’s what you need to do to get rid of the little bugger:
Apply an ice pack on the area to minimise the pain and the swelling. You can even keep a spoon in the freezer for about 20 minutes and apply it on the hickey for the same effect.
After treating your hickey with ice for 2-3 days, switch to applying heat on the area, in order to increase the blood flow. You can either use a heat pad or apply some cloth soaked in warm water on the area.
Take a comb or a toothbrush (preferably new) and rub it on the love bite. Be gentle, as harsh rubbing could break the skin. This will help reduce the discoloration by lessening the intensity of the coagulated blood.
You can wear a turtleneck or wrap a scarf around your neck in order to cover up a love bite. If the weather doesn’t agree with you, you can also use makeup to hide a hickey. Use concealer, colour correctors or a foundation to cover your hickey.
Lastly, give the area some rest. You may continue to get frisky, but getting another hickey over the one that’s not healed completely will just be a waste of all your efforts!