So you and your partner had a major make-out fest last night on the couch, and you woke up to find a hickey or love bite forming on your neck. If you do not want to wear turtlenecks for the next several days, try some basic steps to lighten the bruise. Love bites are technically bruises since the blood vessels were damaged, so you treat the hickey in a similar fashion as any other type of bruise.
Put a damp spoon in the freezer to chill, and then press it to the affected area to reduce swelling. The cold helps to freeze the blood vessels, which in turn stops blood from going to the love bite and lessens the bruise.
Try something warm like a washcloth or tea bag on the love bite after cold treatment. Use as often as needed until the love bite disappears.
Ask your partner to gently massage the area for around five minutes to stimulate the affected area. This brief massage helps the blood vessels to dissipate. The love bite lightens in colour and maybe even totally disappears --- if it's not a severe bruise.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to complement the massage. Rub from the inside to the outside of the hickey to move the blood back to the blood vessels.
Use a thick concealer until the hickey has completely disappeared. Apply your favourite face powder and then the concealer, making sure you blend it extra well to cover up the hickey.
Keep a spoon at the ready in your freezer for future make-out sessions and possible hickeys.
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- Keep a spoon at the ready in your freezer for future make-out sessions and possible hickeys.