I SUF­FER FROM SPI­DER VEINS AND I THINK THEY ARE GET­TING WORSE. WHAT IS YOUR AD­VICE?

Sue, Devon

Best - - BEST FOR HEALTH -

DR AAMER SAYS:

Try Photo Re­ju­ve­na­tion (IPL, or In­tense Pulsed Light). It tar­gets bro­ken cap­il­lar­ies, caus­ing the walls of the veins to col­lapse and even­tu­ally dis­ap­pear. It also helps to tighten skin and makes it less blotchy by boost­ing col­la­gen. A small hand-piece emits an in­tense flash of light that re­leases en­ergy into the skin. One treat­ment will in­stantly im­prove skin tone and leave a soft glow, but for last­ing re­sults try a course of three to six treat­ments, spaced a month apart. Don’t for­get, it is vi­tal that you use SPF 50 af­ter the treat­ment to pro­tect the new skin. IPL costs from £60 to £100 a ses­sion.

LES­LEY SAYS:

Half of us will have these veins by the age of 50. Sim­i­lar to vari­cose veins, but thin­ner, they can pop up all over the body and may be red, blue or pur­ple. A self-tan­ner or min­eral make-up can cam­ou­flage light veins. For more se­ri­ous cov­er­age, a good con­cealer like Vichy Der­mablend will help. To re­duce red­ness, try Medik8 Calm­wise Serum, £29, while Remescar Spi­der Veins, £29.95, forms a pro­tec­tive shield over the area.

Con­sume lots of vi­ta­min C and bioflavonoids to strengthen the walls of blood ves­sels. Find them in cher­ries, black­cur­rants and citrus fruits. Also, avoid very hot or very cold wa­ter. It makes the blood ves­sels con­tract and di­late, putting ex­tra stress on them.

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