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What is a hickey?

A hickey, or love bite, is basically a bruise that's caused when a person sucks or aggressively kisses the skin of another person. While it provides an incredible feeling to the giver as well as the receiver, it also leaves a huge stamp to remind you of the friskiness. Sucking on someone's neck in particular will leave a small red bruise that is referred to as a love bite. It's made up of lots of tiny blood vessels that you break when sucking, so it's pretty hard to hide!

How to give someone a hickey

A hickey isn’t a guys or a girls only thing. You remember those high school nights? Most couples loved to put a hickey on their partner’s neck, but it only proved to be more difficult to hide from parents! A hickey is produced when the lips break blood vessels by sucking on someone's neck. Hickeys appear very quickly on sensitive areas like the neck, lips, nose, cheeks, belly and thighs. 

How long do hickeys last?

This usually depends on a person’s skin. Hickeys may last for up to 2 or 3 days on some people while on other people it can last for a week. The darkness of the hickey mark can also determine how long it can last. Try patting some concealer or foundation to conceal and hide the hickey if you want it covered up.

How to get rid of a hickey fast

Let's be honest though, having a kiss mark on a grown up can be quite embarrassing. Here are some foolproof, natural remedies to get rid of a hickey fast:

1. Peppermint

Drink peppermint to get rid of hickeys fast

The stimulating effect of peppermint can also help to improve blood circulation. Peppermint also has the ability to heal broken capillary vessels. Put the kettle on!

2. Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol to reduce hickeys

Apply rubbing alcohol on the area a few hours after getting the hickey. Rubbing alcohol disinfects, soothes and also cools the area helping you to get rid of a hickey as quickly as possible.

3. Aloe vera

aloe vera to hide hickeys

Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and can help to decrease the sensitivity of a hickey. It has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties which help to heal the burst capillaries in your skin very fast.

4. Banana peel

Banana peels reduce a hickey

Banana peels possess soothing and cooling properties which can help to heal your hickey dramatically.

5. Cold compress

cold compress heals hickeys‚Äč

For a hickey to heal, blood clots require to be separated so that blood spreads out. Apply a cold bandage on the affected area of the skin. Any type of cold compress can constrict the broken capillaries and moderate bleeding.

6. Vitamin K

Vitamin k for hickeys

Vitamin K inhibits blood clotting so it can be effective in treating bruises. Vitamin K also helps your body to reabsorb pooled blood and also accelerate the healing process.

7. Oranges

oranges to heal hickeys

Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C which is an important nutrient that helps to repair the skin. The vitamin also has healing properties which can help heal the bruise.

8. Warm compress

warm compress to reduce hickeys

Heat is greatly beneficial for a love bite that is 2 or 3 days old. It helps to stretch the capillaries and also make a way for fresh blood to flow.

9. Finger massage

Massage a hickey

As the love bite gets older, you should massage the area using your fingers, starting from the middle of the hickey to the outer parts. Do this twice a day for a few minutes after applying a warm compress. This greatly helps to increase blood circulation.

10. Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter helps moisturise hickeys

Cocoa butter is as an effective curing agent for small bruises like hickeys as it's moisturizing and promotes the development of new tissue in the skin.

Remember giving or getting a hickey is fun, but it's also simply a bruise that needs to be healed! So get it sorted fast with these helpful natural remedies. Shhh... no one has to know!

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