I bruise like a peach.
Bump into a chair, bruise. Shoot a shotgun, bruise. Drop a toothbrush on my foot, bruise. It’s ridiculous really. And in the summer, when I actually want to show a little skin, all these bruises can be a pain. So how best to banish the purplish spots?
A neighbor recommended Butter Cream Healing Salve by Suki ($28), so I thought I would give it a try. But I was skeptical, what is this, a Seinfeld episode? Some magic balm is just going to make the bruises just disappear?
I got a wicked shoulder bruise shooting trap earlier this week, and I have an event this weekend, so my only goal was to lighten the bruise. After just two applications and 24 hours, the bruise has gone from a dark eggplant to a reddish-mauve. Not bad.
Also, an old bruise on my calf, caused by an unfortunate altercation with a space heater, was gone in a day. I’d been watching it fade at a glacial pace for weeks, so that was a pleasant result.
The cream is heavy, has a pleasant smell and seems to do the trick. My only complaint is that the greasiness seems to linger on my hands even after I wash them. This would be a small matter, but I’m always worried about accidentally transferring greasy product residue to my face.
Regardless, if you’re an outdoorsy person or just prone to bruises like I am, this salve does a great job at speeding up healing time. The product instructions also say that it will help with scrapes, scrathes and any other boo-boos you might have. I’m glad I found it, after all, few things are less attractive than looking like you went five rounds with Evander Holyfield.