In the same way as scars, bruises can be very visible, and sometimes even embarrassing, signs of injury but you can hasten their fading through some easy and natural first aid steps:
1. Reduce the blood flow to the area while encouraging the pooled blood to move away by applying a cold compress as soon as possible. This lessens the amount of blood leaking into the surrounding tissue. Use a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel (or other preferred ice pack) and leave in place for about 10 minutes. Remove and leave off for 20 minutes before reapplying.
2. If the bruise is anywhere on your leg, then rest with your leg placed higher than your heart level as this reduces the blood flow to the bruise and minimizes the discoloration.
3. Some medications can worsen bruising. Examples are cortisone and aspirin. If you are on such medications, check with your doctor if you can go off them while the bruising improves.
4. After 48 hours has elapsed, you can safely apply some heat to the bruise as this will bring more circulation to the area while helping to dissipate any pooled blood. Use a warm compress for approximately 10 minutes some 3 times a day.
5. A gentle (but not painful) massage of the bruise and surrounding area should be carried out from 24 hours after the injury as this will help the lymphatic process to clear the bruising away.
In addition there are several different home remedies you can try to help with bruising:
Please be aware that if your bruise spreads or becomes more painful or if bruises suddenly appear without any reason, then you should seek medical attention.
- Vinegar or witch hazel when mixed with warm water will aid the healing process by increasing the blood flow near the skin's surface. Use as a warm compress for some 10 minurtes 3 times a day 48 hours after the injury has occurred.
- Bromelain is a digestive enzyme found in fresh pineapples and if applied can help to break down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after an injury.
- Parsley is another home remedy. Take a handful of fresh leaves, crush them, spread them over the bruise and bandage it up. It is said that this will decrease inflammation, reduce pain and even make a bruise fade more quickly.
- Arnica ointment or gel can be applied to the bruise daily because it is known to reduce inflammation and swelling but be careful not to apply arnica to a cut or open wound.
If your bruising is on the face, it is possible to camouflage the bruises with the use of total block out makeup and minerals finishing powder.
As your body reabsorbs the blood, the mark slowly disappears going through a variety of skin color changes, each one needing a slightly different color spectrum in the make up range to camouflage.
Based on theatrical make up, this special make up will consist of a five-color wheel, allowing you to custom blend and match your skin tone. For for smaller and lighter bruises, there is special make up pencial available. Minerals finishing powder will complete the task.