How do I take care of my couperose skin?

The most striking signs of couperose skin are flushed cheeks, which indicate the fragility of blood vessels. The couperose skin is thin and sensitive, which is why it requires special care, especially in the winter. Sometimes the care itself turns out to be insufficient – then, it is worth taking into consideration the procedure of laser closing of broken blood vessels in the office of aesthetic medicine. What cosmetics are tolerated by couperose skin and how should the cleansing and exfoliation of capillary skin look like? Is the cosmetic line for capillary skin a necessity or will a dedicated cream suffice? Can the concepts of “couperose skin” and “makeup” go hand in hand? What treatments to go for, if the cosmetics for couperose skin fail? I will tell you all about it in today’s post.

What’s couperose skin like?

Under the influence of temperature changes and extreme emotions, blood vessels rapidly dilate and should constrict equally quick. However, if you notice blush that doesn’t go away for a long time, it means that the capillary walls are weak and inflexible. With time, they stop contracting and become constantly visible in the form of red threads. This is not only unsightly but also dangerous because the fragility of blood vessels can cause inflammation and rosacea.

Couperose skin affects mainly women. Why? Because the female sex hormones – estrogens, have a relaxing effect on the musculature of the vessels. What’s more, women’s skin is thinner and more sensitive to external stimuli than the skin of men.

The first noticeably dilated capillaries can affect even teenagers, especially those who like to sunbathe. Symptoms intensify after the age of thirty when the skin begins to produce less collagen, and the microcirculation deteriorates.

Couperose skin – cosmetics

The couperose skin is very sensitive and needs gentle treatment. When selecting cosmetics, carefully read their composition to avoid substances that could irritate the skin. Ingredients that cannot be tolerated by couperose skin include:

  • ethanol,
  • acetone,
  • menthol,
  • propylene glycol,
  • vitamin A acid,
  • urea.

1. Cleansing couperose skin 

If you prefer facial cleansing with milk, choose gentle lotions dedicated to couperose or allergic skin that will moisturize and strengthen it. Micellar water will also be a good solution.

If you use cleaning products, do not rinse them with hard water straight from the tap. Replace it with boiled water (necessarily lukewarm, because cold and hot negatively affect blood vessels) or mineral bottled water. Then, gently – without rubbing with a towel – dry the skin, then apply a toner or thermal water.

2. Exfoliating couperose skin 

Even fragile couperose skin needs exfoliation. For this purpose, every 10-14 days use peels, but only enzymatic, because the coarse-grained ones will be too invasive. When you exfoliate dead skin cells, you stimulate cells to regenerate; as a result, the skin becomes thicker and thus – more resistant to external factors, and the vessels are less visible.

3. A cream for couperose skin 

A good cream for couperose skin will moisturize and protect it and prevent redness, and if necessary – reduce it. Therefore, this type of preparation should contain substances with moisturizing properties, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen or glycerol. The sunscreen protection of the capillary skin will be provided by a sunscreen, minimum SPF 20. In turn, extensive redness of the skin will be reduced, for example, by Ruscus aculeatus, known as butcher’s-broom.

4. Cosmetic series for couperose skin 

Many cosmetic companies offer an entire series of cosmetics dedicated to couperose skin care. That includes cleansing and conditioning products, for instance, makeup removers, toners, creams, etc. If you use cosmetic from the same line, you extend the beneficial effects of each product. Of course, it does not mean that you must use only one cosmetic brand.

Couperose skin – makeup 

Dilated capillaries can be concealed with makeup. If regular foundation and powder do not manage to hide the imperfections, reach for the concealer with green pigments, apply it directly to the problematic area of the skin and gently spread with your finger or an applicator. At the end, apply a foundation in a natural color. However, if there are too many visible dilated capillaries, cover them with a green primer or a strong full coverage foundation. The skin is prepared to apply a powder that will give your skin a silky, matte look and even color. The best choice will be transparent powder or in shades of beige, and the worst solution will be to use – powder with pink undertones.

Couperose skin – treatments

Cosmetics can strengthen blood vessels, prevent the formation of new changes and camouflage existing ones, but they will not remove them. Only a doctor or a beautician is able to do it. There are various methods to get rid of dilated capillaries. The most popular of them are:

  • Electrocoagulation
    The procedure consists of puncturing the skin with a high-frequency current needle. Under the influence of electricity, the blood vessel shrinks. The treatment is quite painful, although anesthetic preparations are not used, as they would lighten the changes and thus make the procedure more difficult.
  • Laser
    The procedure consists in damaging the inner structures of the capillaries, which leads to its shrinkage. After applying the laser the skin is red and can be swollen. The procedure itself is also not a pleasure.

Both treatments are best performed in the fall or spring because irritated skin does not tolerate temperature fluctuations and scorching sun.

How do you deal with couperose complexion? What cosmetics do you recommend? Are you undergoing any treatment? Share your experience in the comments!

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