I got my first black eye a little over three weeks ago and WOAH, it hurt. Let me start by saying that the circumstances surrounding how it happened was purely accidental. It was right before bedtime on a Friday night and I bent over to pick up our smaller dog to put him on my daughter’s bed. Out of nowhere, our 45 pound, seven-month-old puppy with too much energy before bed knocked my block off. She came whipping around the corner at full puppy speed and head butted me. Her hard skull against my orbital bone sent me to the ground and I can honestly say I blacked out for a few seconds. I immediately popped up, crying because WOAH, the pain! Grabbed an ice pack from the freezer and lay in bed watching Friends with one eye. I just knew it was going to be bad in the morning and I was right. Here’s what I did to get rid of a black eye.
I wanted this thing to go away fast but I’m here to tell you that some things just take time. I bruise very easily and take an extra long time to heal. Of course, ice was my first friend followed by dabs of arnica gel. Using the arnica gel around my eye was tricky. I lightly patted it on my eyelid and corner of eye but found it to be irritating to my eyes. I wish I had had arnica cream on hand instead of the gel because I think it would have held better on the skin.
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Old Wives Tales on How To Get Rid of a Black Eye
Of course I asked on Instagram and Googled how to get rid of the black eye. Everything mentioned ice and an arnica product but these alone weren’t making this thing heal any quicker. I came across what I can only believe to be an old wives tale and it was to drink orange juice three times a day. Apparently, the vitamin C can accelerate recovery. I don’t know if it truly worked, but it wasn’t until I started drinking OJ that I began to notice some fading.
Drugstore Remedies for a Black Eye
The Trader Joe’s cashier asked what happened (don’t get me started on how people don’t really look at each other anymore and they definitely don’t ask questions). Except this lovely women could relate and told me about a product called DerMend. It’s a bruise cream and its formula contains ceramides, alpha hydroxy acid, retinol and arnica oil. It says it’s for mature skin and it’s made for hands and arms of aging adults. I used it for a few days on my undereye as the blood had now started to settle into that area.
CBD Oil for Black Eyes
Could a CBD elixir work magic on my black eye? I definitely tried. I had some Papa & Barkley CBD oil on hand that I use topically for inflammation and general aches. Unfortunately, I didn’t see much improvement. I was hoping this was going to be that ONE thing that worked overnight. Sadly, no.
ToGoSpa had sent Megan and I a couple of packages of their under eye treatments and I figured I would give the collagen gel pads a shot. I used the Silver Eyes treatment pads that are micro-infused with aloe, vitamins C and E, amino acids, Resveratrol and silver powder. Low and behold, these pads made a huge improvement to the under eye area. The bruising had started to fade from the eyelid and where the impact happened near the orbital bone but the under eye needed extra attention.
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Another great tool that I wouldn’t have immediately thought to use because the eye area was sore to touch, but this rose quartz face roller made a significant difference. I would freeze the tool and then roll my face and eye area. Not only is it soothing but the roller helps with lymphatic drainage reducing puffiness.
But what about makeup? There was no covering this thing! My tried-and-true products that help eliminate my already dark circles weren’t coming close to covering the black eye. At first it was just too sore to pat on concealer so I left it alone and wore sunglasses everywhere. Once it started to really fade, I was able to mostly cover it with my favorite IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector. I can still see what’s left of the black eye but I’m sure anybody else just thinks it’s a really dark circle.
In the end, I saw real change with drinking more orange juice (you probably could just take a few extra Vitamin C too), using the DerMend bruise cream at bedtime, rolling my face with rose quartz roller and wearing ToGoSpa under eye treatment pads. Don’t expect it to go away overnight and it’s going to look worse before it gets better. Be consistent and you’ll definitely see improvement.