Having a hickey is the furthest thing from having a beauty mark. It’s the first sign that love (or just mere infatuation) can really leave a mark on you – for better or for worse!
While I don’t remember exactly when I received my first hickey, I do remember how I felt once it was there. I remember that strange, adolescent mixture of shame and pride, wearing my hickey like a scarlett letter AND a badge of honor. I even remember trying to convince my mother that it was a curling iron burn, but considering the fact that 1) I’m a terrible liar and 2) my mother was a teenager once too… let’s just say she wasn’t so quick to buy the story. Sorry, Mom.
Whether you consider yourself to be a terrible liar, a terrible flirt, or just very active on tinder (no shame), you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to make sure your true beauty outshines that shiner on your neck.
Here are some tips + tricks to keep those love bites at bay!
- Wave it Goodbye – Create full bodied curls that kiss the corners of your neck and will keep your secret safe.
- Wrap a Scarf – an easy option on chilly days but in the spring summer opt for a high collared shirt or a cute handkerchief.
- Concealers – Use a yellow and green concealers depending on the color. Yellow based concealer for the purple under tones and green concealer for red tones; Followed by a pressed powder, usually one shade lighter than what you use for your daily facial regime.
Tip #1 Rub a dub-dub!
Hickeys are essentially ruptured capillaries beneath soft skin. When the blood collects and clots in one area, it appears red or purple. You want to try and disperse the blood under the surface so that the discoloration disappears.
There are a number of tools you can use to re-disperse the blood.
- Coin- Hold your skin taught and firmly press the edge of a coin against the hickey, spreading outward.
- Comb- The teeth of your comb will help to disperse blood back into the vessels.
- Toothbrush- Using a stiff bristle brush, lightly rub against the irritated area in a circular motion to help spread circulation. This may cause the redness to spread at first. If the redness doesn’t go away after 10-15 minutes, grab your cold spoon!
Caution! Be careful not to be too abrasive with any of these tools. The last thing you want to do is break the skin.
Tip #2: Spoon
Put a spoon in the freezer. It’s the perfect size cold compress for smaller problem areas such as hickeys, or puffy bags under the eyes. Icing helps to reduce any inflammation and will also stop the blood from flowing into the clotted area. Practice your patience and keep the cool on for about 15 minutes.
Tip #3: Tea Time!
Drink your Beauty Tea. If your hickey has been hanging around for over 48 hours, you’ll want to turn to heat versus ice. After soaking up all the beauty and health benefits from your daily dose, take your used tea bag and apply it directly to your unwanted hickey. This little bit of heat and moisture will help increase the blood flow at this point, leading to a faster reabsorption of the blood, and a faster recovery!
If all else fails have a laugh cause you’ll have a good story to tell your daughter or grand daughter someday, and maybe you’ll be a bit more careful in those twilight hours (wink wink).