Bruises are inevitable. To prove to yourself how strong you’re living your life, count your bruises. The more energy you have the more you’ll be marked with bruises and that’s why healing them and taking care of them the right way will not turn them into large black and blue marks and will also help you get rid of them quicker.

Cool it

Only when your skin is not cut and blood is not pouring that you can put some ice on your injury before it turns into a bruise. The ice is efficient because it constricts the blood vessels and stops the blood from flowing towards the skin. Ice also minimizes the swelling, numbs the area, and reduces pain. To cool your injury correctly, proceed as quickly as possible. Start by wrapping the ice into a thin cloth and keep it for about 15 minutes. If you don’t feel any relief and expect that the bruise isn’t yet controlled, keep applying ice every couple of hours during the next 24 hours. Be careful not to apply any heat between the periods of cooling, your skin should warm itself naturally.

Heat it

Now that you managed to block blood for the first 24 hours, it’s about time it circulates properly to the injured area. When blood regains circulation, it will clean out the blood in the bruise. Use a cloth and damp it with warm water than apply it on the bruise.

Skin

To make sure the area of your injury stays clean, don’t remove the skin if it’s slightly broken, leave it intact. If the skin is already removed, clean the wound with soap and water before you put the antibiotic ointment. Finally, don’t forget to cover it with an adhesive bandage. Try to keep your feet up as much as possible especially during the first 24 hours to prevent the blood from accumulating around the injury.

If you notice that you bruise very easily, it could be possible that you have low vitamin C levels. Eat foods rich in vitamin C like citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and bell peppers.