Broken capillaries are not a pretty sight, especially when they occur on your face. Also known as spider veins or telangiectases, they are not dangerous for you but can be an eyesore, so naturally, you would want them gone as quick as possible. Having to use a lot of foundation to cover them is only a quick fix, so you should look for a more permanent solution to get rid of them and prevent new ones from popping. Listed below are some natural treatments for broken capillaries, and also some tips on what not to do.
What to Avoid?
First of all, try not to wash your face too harshly. Instead of screeching hot water, try with tepid or cool water. Also, try using milder cleansers instead of the harsh ones. Try looking for a toner with witch hazel or aloe vera, and do not buy products that contain a lot of chemicals.
Do not expose your face to the sun for longer periods and always remember to wear sunscreen. Additionally, try to avoid getting sunburnt, as in this case the capillaries go crazy and break a lot easier.
Stay away from too much alcohol as it can increase the blood pressure and make capillaries break and dilate. Avoid smoking as nicotine can lead to the breakage of tender capillaries in your face. Also, take care of your acne, as they can be another source of broken capillaries.
Steer clear of spicy food and hot drinks, and avoid drinking coffee and caffeinated beverages. Additionally, losing weight can help with your skin immensely, so exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet at all times.
Vitamin C and Lysine
Vitamin C is one of the most used ingredients in beauty care products so it is no wonder that it found a spot on this list. It is known as a great brightener, which diminishes the appearance of redness and brown spots, as well as other issues caused by the sun exposure. Vitamin C reduces inflammation and soothes irritation, and it can help the skin with its natural healing process by speeding it up.
Lysine is an essential amino-acid which treats pimples, redness, and acne quite effectively. It can be found in most drugstores in the form of pills which you can include in your diet, and, if combined with vitamin C becomes even more effective.
Aloe vera is world famous for its numerous benefits to the skin, as it slows aging, is a great moisturizer and reduces redness and acne, as well as various blemishes on the skin. You can use fresh aloe vera and apply the gel directly to the skin or use some of the commercially produced treatments for your broken capillaries.
Grapeseed oil can be found in most homes, and it is a famous ingredient that can treat acne and redness, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It will also moisturize your skin and get rid of dark circles, so it will give you many benefits. Simply rub some of the grapeseed oil gently to your face and let it sit. You can also mix grapeseed oil and whipped butter and use it as an overall moisturizer which will protect you from harsh winter and the wind, thus preventing the breakage of capillaries.
Horse chestnut seed extract is an amazing plant extract that can help immensely with spider and varicose veins. You can mix it with grapeseed oil and massage it into your skin. Leave it overnight and rinse in the morning with warm water.
Lemon juice is so common that people do not stop to think of it as a potential remedy for their skin issues, but it is actually amazing when it comes to broken capillaries. It is a great source of vitamin C and it improves blood circulation and reduces redness very effectively. You can simply use the juice from half a lemon each morning and rub it into your face gently. Let the juice do its magic for a few minutes and then rinse well with tepid water. You can also make various masks with lemon juice for even better results.
By doing this, you will not only prevent the breakage of capillaries but also reduce the risk of blood clots in your vascular system. Anticoagulant foods include fish and other omega-3-rich foods, nuts, and their essential oils, most fruits, seeds and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, licorice, paprika, thyme, peppermint, dill, curry, and cayenne pepper.
Try to eat more cranberries, celery, pomegranate, onion, papaya, include beer, fish oil, ginseng, and red clovers in your diet, and stay away from foods such as alfalfa, cat’s claw, avocados, and dark leafy greens like spinach.