During love making or passionate kissing, an accident may happen, and a passionate kiss can lead to that telltale mark of love: a hickey.
By definition, a hickey is the result of an overzealous set of lips suction-cupping themselves to an area of skin and sucking until surface blood vessels break.
A hickey is nothing more than a bruise, and like all bruises it just needs some time to heal. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about this affliction. You can, however, try a few tricks to make it fade faster. Here are the tricks you can use.
1) If you catch the hickey soon enough, your can minimize the mark by immediately applying ice. Apply a cold compress Keep the compress on 20 minutes, off 20 minutes. The cold from the ice will constrict blood vessels and help keep the bruise from spreading.
2) Surface stimulation will help disperse the blood. Gently rub and massage the area.
3) If the hickey lasts for more than 48 hours, apply wet, warm compresses to decrease any pain or swelling. Once the blood has stopped spreading around the bruise, apply heat, which dilates blood vessels and thus speeds up the sweeping away of blood cells. In most cases, moist heat is more effective than dry heat, because the moisture helps wick the heat beneath the skin.
4) Using any tubular object with a domed end, apply steady pressure over the hickey and twist. It will hurt, but it will help. Such objects may include Lipstick caps, pen caps, and blistex caps. The goal is to work the blood deeper into the skin.
5) Apply concealer in a shade that’s lighter than your natural skin color and discreet enough to fend off unwanted attention.
6) Remember that if all else fails, nothing beats a turtleneck sweater, a scarf or makeup to cover it up in summer.