As you age, you may begin to notice the emergence of small, red veins in the skin of your face. These reddish-purple webs of veins are called spider veins, and while they are not generally a threat to your health, they can be distracting and cause a fair amount of emotional distress since most people consider them to be unattractive. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical options. To take advantage of the surgical options, you will need to work with a professional. However, you can take matters into your own hands immediately with non-surgical options.
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Things you need
- Facial moisturiser
- Vitamin E supplement
- Vitamin C supplement
Give yourself two daily facial massages. Spider veins are largely a result of your body's inability to circulate blood as effectively as it used to. Massage promotes circulation. In the morning, massage in a sunscreen, which will also help prevent spider veins from spreading and can help get existing ones under control. In the evening, massage again with a moisturiser.
Watch your diet. Low-sodium, high-fibre diets help with circulation. If you have only the beginnings of spider veins and correct your diet now, you could alleviate or eliminate the problem without having to take more serious steps.
Take daily vitamin supplements. Vitamins C and E help with circulation and vein strength. Work with a dietitian to determine how much of these vitamins a person of your age and stature should be taking. Since some vitamin supplements have the potential to interact badly with prescription medication, do not add these or other supplements to your daily routine without checking with a doctor or pharmacist first.
Have your heart health checked out. In rare cases, spider veins are not a harmless cosmetic issue, but rather indications of serious heart trouble. While you can go ahead and start treating the spider veins on your face, you should check with a doctor to make sure that they are not indicative of a larger problem to come.
Tips and warnings
- Some research indicates that copper supplements could also help eliminate spider veins. Work directly with a doctor or dietitian if you are going to take a copper supplement because this work is not yet conclusive and too much copper can be dangerous.
- Vitamin supplements and prescription medications can interact badly. Work with a doctor to make sure that you are taking safe combinations of supplements and medicine.
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