When it comes to skin concerns – having sensitive fine skin is something it’s taken me a few years and lots of trial and error to treat and maintain effectively.
Discovering I am allergic to glycolic acid – which for a while was the ingredient in so many ‘brightening’ products was a horrible journey of trial and error and resulted in my having to be meticulous about ingredients.
I don’t stray too much from my routine but had noticed some redness developing that I was keen to counteract and treat.
Read on for how I’ve learned to treat any pesky thread veins, what skincare products I use to prevent sensitivity and what makeup I reach for when I need to conceal any redness.
How to Treat Thread Veins
As am naturally very pale not only redness but also thread veins can be quite obvious.
From my research I learnt that facial spider veins are common and are caused by genetics, too much alcohol, acne, rosacea and sun over-exposure as well as being too rough with your skin.
Facial spider veins are common and are caused by genetics, too much alcohol, acne, rosacea and sun over-exposure as well as being too rough with your skin.
After two winter cold’s and blowing my nose a lot – I had few around my nose that I wanted to deal with.
I have found the best treatment is laser which targets specific visible red veins or thread veins on the skin.
There are a lot of clinics providing this kind of service but it’s important to be do your research before as treatments generally start at €100 per session and you will likely need a course of 3-4 for best results.
I chose the Wicklow Street Clinic, Dublin 2, as I had been there years ago and was really happy with the results.
They use a Polaris Class 4 medical N.D.yag laser to target and cauterise the vessel so that it shrinks back from the surface to fade over time.
They also have a patented Brr-eez cooling system which cools your skin while treatment is happening so it genuinely is not that painful.
I needed 3 sessions in total and it costs €125 per session.
From a maintenance point of view now I use the Yonka Sensitive Crème Anti-Rougeurs (€56.40, millies.ie) which is actually lightly tinted green so it counteracts redness upon application.
The formula is rich in centella asiaticia and mirabilis jalpa which regulates inflammation and vascular dilation and visibly reduces the appearance of the capillaries, skin reactiveness and redness, whether it is sudden or permanent, diffused or localized.
It’s deeply soothing, paragon free and 98% natural and my skin drinks it up.
Concealing the Redness
For easy concealing one of the best mineral based concealers I have ever used is the Bare Minerals Barepro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer (€26, brownthomas.com).
I use shade Fair and the coverage is strong and it’s also enriched with anti-oxidants and waterproof.
I use a little mineral powder to set it on top and it honestly doesn’t budge!
Holly White is a Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster, and blogs on all things fashion, style, wellness, beauty, health and fitness on www.Holly.ie.