Beat Bruises

Published in the February/March 2010 issue.

Although bruises are a common side effect of intense rehearsals, they aren’t exactly the most fetching onstage accessories. Luckily, most dancers already carry a quick, easy remedy in their dance bags: arnica. The same gel you use to help combat sore muscles also reduces discoloration by stimulating white blood cells, which disperse congested blood. To help speed up the healing process before a show, spread arnica gel over any black and blue areas every three hours.