Spider veins are thin red and/or blue veins that are visible near the skin's surface. They can occur anywhere on the body, but those on the face are most visible to others. Though all spider veins cannot be prevented, there are some natural remedies to help reduce their size and appearance.
It is important to consume a high-fibre, low-sodium diet to prevent and reduce spider veins on the face. Foods that are rich in fibre such as oatmeal, barley, avocado, carrots, cabbage, apples, bananas and blueberries will reduce constipation. When you strain during bowel movements, it places pressure on veins in the face. This forces blood to flow through smaller, more superficial veins, causing them to turn blue. Eat foods that are low in sodium, because salt causes water retention and swelling. Avoid canned meats and vegetables, TV dinners and processed foods, as these are normally rife with sodium. Fresh plant products such as fruits and veggies and quality proteins such as salmon and chicken have zero or low-sodium content. Excessive alcohol consumption also causes broken blood vessels on the face. A damaged liver can cause chemical changes in the blood that may result in spider veins. This, along with many other health concerns associated with alcohol abuse, should give you pause before drinking too much.
There are plenty of changes you can make in your daily life that can reduce facial spider veins. Exercise not only helps overall health, but also promotes circulation. This, along with toning muscles and firming skin, will result in fewer spider vein bulges, making them less noticeable. Don't bathe in hot water. Heat causes vasodilation, meaning that blood vessels are open and more discernible. This is also true in the case of overexposure to the sun. It is best to avoid the sun as much as possible, but when it is unavoidable, wear sunscreen. Do not sit or stand in one position for a long time. This puts pressure on the veins and decreases circulation. If those spider veins are still obvious after all of these techniques, apply concealer. Use one that is either the same shade or one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. Apply with a sponge, and then cover with foundation and powder.
If home remedies do not suffice and spider veins are still noticeable, you may want to seek clinical help. One of the best modern treatments is laser light therapy. A laser is placed near the skin on the face, and a burst of light causes the blood vessel to disappear. Depending on the size of the spider vein, it may take from one to five sessions to completely eliminate the vein.