Back in the early 1900s doctors would put a leech on your black eye to cure your bruise. Boy, am I glad times have changed! These cures were later put to rest when it was discovered that cold meat worked much better.
There is no reason to waste a good steak though! These are the top 5 tips and tricks to help you clear up that black eye.
1. Put ice to it
The first and most obvious thing to do when dealing with a black eye is to pack it with ice. You see it is not the meat that makes it so effective, it is the cold. Cold works by keeping the swelling down. Also helps with internal bleeding by constricting the blood vessels. Internal bleeding is what causes the blue and black color to appear on your eye.
2. Use a cold soda can
Boxers and MMA athletes use a small metal device that is extremely cold, in between rounds. This is to keep their faces from hemorrhaging from the punches that they have sustained. This can be replicated outside of a boxing ring by using a cold can of soda. Put a clean can against your eye for about 5 minutes and then take it off for 10 minutes. Keep doing this process for a couple of hours. Remember to not put pressure directly on your eyeball.
3. Let it heal
Once a black eye has formed there is little you can do to keep the color away. The swelling can be reduced but the color is hard to hide. You can cover it up with makeup, but even then it is hard to conceal. The black around the eye will go through many color changes, with most of it clearing up within a week. So just ride out the process and it will be over quicker than you know it.
4. Do not take Aspirin
If you take something, doctors recommend using acetaminophen. This is commonly found in products such as Tylenol. Aspirin is an anticoagulant, which means that it makes your blood clot less effectively. This will increase the amount of discoloration, because it will be harder for the bleeding to stop.
5. Blowing your nose is a no no!
If you have an injury that resulted from a blow, then it is best not to try to blow your nose. This may make you uncomfortable because it will sometimes feel like you must blow your nose. But trust me, if you have a fractured eye socket, your face will swell up like a balloon. This is caused by air seeping under your eyelids.