Updated 12/4/15. Vitamin C taken orally is essential for your skin’s and body’s health. But did you know that the added benefits of bioflavonoids can help prevent bruising and help with fragile blood vessels? As we age, capillary walls get weak and they start to permanently dilate and become more visible on the face, especially the cheeks and around the nose. An ingredient called Bioflavonoids will help to give strength to blood vessels and capillaries internally so that they may not break or dilate as quickly.
As an esthetician and someone who makes caring for my skin from the inside out a priority, I personally take 1,000 mg vitamin C with bioflavonoids once in the morning with breakfast and another with dinner, every single day. I have fair skin and I’m prone to visible capillaries, so this is an important part of my daily routine to keep my skin looking even toned.
Smoking and alcohol also will contribute to this condition, so be sure to keep that to a minimum if you’re concerned about it. Also, microdermabrasion can pull and tug on fragile capillaries, so I don’t recommend this procedure at all for this type of skin. See how microdermabrasion can go terribly wrong here. If you use a facial cleansing brush like Clarisonic, you want to be careful when using it as it can stimulate blood and dilate capillaries which can cause weakening over time. Read my Clarisonic review.
A topical vitamin C serum is also great for redness as long as you use a formula that is stable and doesn’t sting or irritate the skin. My favorite type of topical vitamin C is Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate found in Vitamin C&E Treatment, which not only helps reduce redness and keep capillaries strong, but also builds collagen, fades brown spots, and evens out discoloration. Getting your daily dose of vitamin C, both inside and out can create less visible redness and dilated capillaries on the face.
Be sure to use skincare products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as white tea, sea whip and chamomile as they help to keep the skin calm and less red. A few great products for easing redness are Soothing Relief Serum, Bio Calm Repair Masque and Phytolipid Comfort Cream.
As for how to get rid of them once they appear, you can consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional to explore the best treatment for the condition of your skin. Some laser treatments can be effective or there is also a procedure where an electric needle is used to cauterize surface capillaries. (At Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas, we offer our Skin Correcting Treatment to zap surface capillaries.) Schedule a consultation to determine the best course of action for your skin type.
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