violin hickey balm

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Jedan od najpoznatijih znakova prepoznavanja violinista je ona tamna mrlja na vratu koju od milja zovemo „violinski ugriz“. Posljedica je to trenja između kože vrata i podbratka, a na intenzitet ozljede utječe niz faktora. Ukoliko je podbradak pravilno odabran i redovno higijenski održavan, držanje violine pravilno i opušteno, a koža nije preosjetljiva, tada su posljedice sviranja u ovom segmentu gotovo nezamjetne. Da, doista postoje sretnici među nama koji nemaju nikakav trag na vratu bez obzira koliko vježbali, osim eventualno kratkotrajnog laganog crvenila.

Komplikacije

Međutim, postoji i druga krajnost, koja ponekad uključuje čak i operaciju ciste koja nastane na mjestu kontakta. Kožne infekcije su vrlo česta pojava jer je topla, znojna površina podbratka vrlo pogodna za razvoj bakterija.

U ovakvim teškim slučajevima obavezno treba pomno razmotriti sve elemente ove priče:

  • odabir podbratka (antialergijski, bez nikla, odgovarajućeg oblika)
  • higijena podbratka
  • postava tijela za vrijeme sviranja i elementarna tehnika sviranja
  • odabir nekog od pomagala za podbradak (gel jastučići, spužvice, pamučne navlake i sl.)
  • korištenje medicinskih krema (antibiotik, kortikosteroid..) uz obavezno konzultiranje dermatologa.

Zaštita i njega

violin hickey balm 3
violin hickey balm 3

No, većina nas smo  negdje između ovih dvaju krajnosti. Uz gore već navedene najvažnije stvari o kojima moramo voditi računa (oblik podbratka, higijena, postava), postoji još nešto što može značajno pomoći u zaštiti i njezi ovog osjetljivog područja kože.  Riječ je o potpuno prirodnom balzamu kojeg je vrlo jednostavno i jeftino napraviti kod kuće, a pogodan je za sve vrste kože. Balzam je vrlo mastan, no zbog prirodnih hranjivih i antibakterijskih svojstava sastojaka NE uzrokuje pojavu prištića. Upravo suprotno, sprječava iritaciju kože trenjem, hrani ju i sprječava infekcije. Može se koristiti i prije početka vježbanja i nakon vježbanja. Potrebna je vrlo mala količina, kao kada mažemo usne balzamom.

(Inače, ovaj balzam je pogodan i za njegu usana, lica i kože cijeloga tijela, a posebno se preporuča za izrazito suhu kožu tijela tijekom zimskih mjeseci)

violin hickey balm
violin hickey balm

Recept i način pripreme

50 g pčelinjeg voska

100 g kokosovog ulja

1 žlica maslinovog ulja

1 žlica meda

10 kapi eteričnog ulja slatke naranče

10 kapi ulja čajevca

violin hickey balm2
violin hickey balm2

Na pari rastopiti naribani pčelinji vosak, kokosovo ulje i maslinovo ulje. Ostaviti nekoliko minuta da se malo ohladi, te umiješati med i eterična ulja. Sipati u kalupe po želji i pustiti da se dobro ohladi i stisne, najbolje nekoliko sati.

Ovo je bazni recept koji se može varirati prema želji. Npr. kokosovo ulje može biti nadopunjeno shea maslacem u određenom omjeru (najbolje pola-pola), maslinovo ulje nadopunjeno ili zamijenjeno uljem jojobe i bademovim uljem, ulje slatke naranče zamijenjeno uljem limuna, lavande, kamilice, paprene metvice… Jedino je preporučljivo doista ostaviti ulje čajevca zbog svojih iznimnih antiseptičkih svojstava.

violin hickey balm 4
violin hickey balm 4


Violin hickey

One of the most famous signs of recognizing a violinist is that dark spot on the neck that we like to call a “violin hickey”. It is the result of a friction between the skin of the neck and the chin rest. The intensity of the injury is influenced by a number of factors – if the chin rest is properly selected and hygiene is regularly maintained, violin hold is correct and relaxed, and the skin is not too sensitive, then there is almost no consequences of playing in this segment. Yes, there really are lucky ones among us who have no trace on the neck no matter how much they practice, except for a possibly light redness for short.

Complications

However, there is another extreme, which sometimes even includes the surgery of the cyst which occurs at the contact point. Skin infections are very common because the warm, sweaty surface of the chin rest is very suitable for the development of bacteria. In such difficult cases, it is imperative to carefully consider all the elements of this story

  • selection of the chin rest (antiallergic, nickel free, appropriate shape)
  • hygiene of the chin rest
  • body posture and the elemental technique
  • using some chin rest accesoire (gel, cotton or foam pads etc.)
  • use of medical creams (antibiotics, corticosteroids, etc.) with necessarily consultation of dermatologist.

Protection and Care

violin hickey balm 3
violin hickey balm 3

But most of us are somewhere between these two extremes. In addition to the above-mentioned most important things to consider (chin rest shape, hygiene, posture), there is something else that can help significantly to protect and care this sensitive skin area. It is a completely natural balm that is very simple and cheap to make at home, and is suitable for all skin types. Balm is greasy, but because of the natural nutrients and antibacterial properties of the ingredients it does not cause the appearance of pimples. Exactly the opposite, it prevents skin irritation caused by friction, nourishes it, and prevents infections. It can be used before and after practice. A very small amount is needed, as when we apply lip balm.

(This balm is also suitable for care of the lips, face and skin of the whole body, and it is especially recommended for the extremely dry skin of the body during the winter months)

violin hickey balm
violin hickey balm

Recipe and preparation method

50 g of beeswax

100 g of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

10 drops of sweet orange essential oil

10 drops of tea tree oil

violin hickey balm2
violin hickey balm2

Grate the beeswax if needed, then combine wax, coconut butter and olive oil in double boiler and heat until fully melted. Leave for a few minutes to cool slightly and stir in honey and essential oils. Pour into molds and allow balms to cool and harden completely before handling.

This is a basic recipe that can vary according to your wishes. Eg. coconut butter can be supplemented with shea butter at a certain ratio (best 50:50), olive oil can be supplemented or replaced with almond or jojoba oil, orange oil can be replaced with lemon, lavender, chamomile, peppermint oil… It is only advisable to leave tea oil for its outstanding antiseptic properties.

violin hickey balm 4
violin hickey balm 4
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