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BPGP: Suki Healing Salve

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.

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  1. CynthiaW says:

    I can't wait to try this! I, too, am easily bruised – it's bad enough that a former employer called me in for a very awkward conversation in which it took me a good 20 minutes to figure out that my boss thought that my husband might be beating me. When I finally figured out what he was talking about, I burst out laughing and said “as if he would dare”. Not that he would anyway…. but you get my drift.

    May 17, 2012/Reply
  2. E says:

    Belle (and others who bruise easily)- next time you go to the doc, ask them to check your iron and platelet levels. Same issue I had, both were very low.

    May 17, 2012/Reply
  3. SEB says:

    Great to know about! I'm really impressed with the product description because I don't see any weird or suspicious chemicals in there. Another option that's not greasy is just plain Arnica Gel (available at Whole Foods). It's really light, absorbs quickly, and I think it works pretty well.

    May 17, 2012/Reply
  4. Ellen says:

    Arnica montana!! I swear by it! It's a homeopathic bruise cream that works wonders and is a savior for this klutz!

    May 17, 2012/Reply
  5. Jill says:

    Because you say it is somewhat heavy and greasy, I probably know the answer to this question, but I'll ask anyway. Have you ever tried this on a “dark spot” on your face (the kind you get after you've had a zit that won't quit)? I'd probably be hesitant, but if it works like a charm on other parts of your body, one has to wonder!

    May 18, 2012/Reply