So you've been getting a bit passionate … and you're left with some hickeys. Of course you don't want everyone to know what you've been up to! But how can you hide them? Will you need to wear a scarf round your neck or a high collar until it fades? Fortunately there are some simple home remedies you can try …
Everybody's got some ice in the freezer, so this is an easy home remedy to try. Don't apply it directly to the skin though. Wrap in a towel or face cloth and press gently on the hickey. This should reduce the swelling.
On the same principle, you can pop a couple of spoons in the freezer and use them to calm your hickey. They'll need to be in the freezer for a while; once they've chilled, hold them on your skin and you should see the redness fade.
But what can you do if you're not at home and there isn't a freezer handy? Try gently massaging the area blighted by your hickey. Alternate directions and keep massaging for several minutes. Repeat various times during the day.
Everybody's got one of these at home, although you may prefer to use an old one. It should have soft bristles, as you don't want to be too harsh on the area. Massage gently over the hickey several times a day.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of beauty uses, so it's worth having some in the kitchen. Dilute 4 or 5 tablespoons in warm water and rub on the hickey several times a day. You shouldn't try this on a fresh hickey; wait until it's a couple of days old.
6. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has been a home remedy for several generations, and is often used on bruises. So you can see how it is a useful remedy for those hickeys (although this probably wasn't why your granny kept it in her cupboard!).
7. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is another simple product that it's worth keeping in the house, as it's good for calming skin problems and stings. If you have an aloe plant, simply break off a leaf and use the gel inside. Or you can buy tubes of pure aloe vera gel from your drugstore.
Another item that you're guaranteed to have in the house! Just rub a dab of toothpaste on the hickey with your finger. Leave for a while, then wash off. Don't forget to rinse the toothpaste off, or people will notice it more than they'd have noticed the hickey!
Another simple remedy which will help is to roll a lipstick or a pen lid over the hickey - do be gentle though.
Grab a coin from your purse and use it to help your hickey. You'll need to stretch the hickey with one hand and rub the coin over it with the other. This is another good option to try if you're away from home.
11. Rubbing Alcohol
This is something else that you might have in the house. However, alcohol is drying on the skin so you might want to moisturise afterwards.
So that's how to get rid of those hickeys. Fear not - you won't be stuck with them forever!