We’ve all been there, unexplained bruises are super common, especially on a night out and more so as we get a little older (the joys!). Then of course there are those from a real nasty trip or falling that turn into something that is just so unsightly.
As we approach the summer season and want to have more of our bodies on show, we don’t want a terrible bruise to be on display- sometimes it just creates some unnecessary questions and if it was particularly embarrassing, we don’t want to have to explain ourselves.
So, if you’re looking for a way to treat a bruise so it can go away faster, look no further. We’ve a couple of suggestions for you.
1. Ice Ice Therapy
If you’re aware that you’ve caught yourself and that it may lead to a bruise, grab a cold compress like a flannel wrung in really cold water or a little ice pack. Applying cold to the area can help stop blood from pooling in the area and leaving a bruise. Additionally, this will help to reduce any swelling so it’s a win win.
Leave on the affected area for around 15 minutes and apply throughout the day if you think it’ll be particularly nasty.
2. Heat things up
If you’ve already got a bruise to the skin, applying heat can help the blood disperse and therefore help the bruise to clear faster. It’s best to avoid doing this in the first 24-48 hours of the incident that caused it though and instead, opt for option one. Heat in the early stages can actually cause more bruising. It’s a fine art, we know.
Again, no more than 15 minutes of heat at a time.
3. Elevate it
Like icing, elevating and resting the affected area will help stop blood flowing to the area and forming in a bruise. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to put your feet up, this is it- and que sympathy.
4. Let it be
In the words of Paul McCartney, Let It Be. Don’t play with it. If you’re feeling a bit sore, it can be tempting to massage in and around the area to alleviate the tension, but this can actually cause more broken blood vessels and, yep, more bruising.
5. Topical treatments
You can always put a little aloe vera, arnica (wolfs bane- whatever you like to call it), hemp oil and lavender to the area- though perhaps not all at the same time. These products have anti-inflammatory properties in the them which can help with reducing swelling and discoloration from bruising.
We hope our few tips prove helpful. Of course, if you’re finding that you’re getting persistent bruising and really aren’t sure what is causing them, it may be worth making an appointment to see your GP for a little MOT. Iron deficiencies, blood thinning medication (such as aspirin) and vitamin deficiencies, can all be contributors.
Do you have any other tips and tricks for helping with bruising?
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