It was early one morning about two weeks ago when I looked in to the mirror and I saw something so shocking that I nearly fell over. I stood there, looking at my reflection, with my mouth opening and closing like a goldfish! There on both of my cheeks, not very big at all but definitely there waving hello at me, were 2 tiny patches of broken veins (also known as spider veins)! Words cannot express my shock and horror at the discovery – I am a woman who tries to take a lot of care of her skin and these little horrors had not been invited and were certainly not welcome!
My legs have not moved so fast for a very long time but like the wind, within seconds I was scouring the web to find out how I had managed to get them and most importantly – how to get rid of them!
Typically on the face and legs, Spider veins are broken blood vessels just under the skin surface and can be hereditary, or they can be caused by too much sun exposure, excessive drinking, a bout of sneezing, pregnancy, acne or rosacea, amongst other things.
My next challenge was to find out how to get rid of them and that’s when I came across a surprising discovery ………. rather than over the counter creams and lotions, the things that came up again and again for helping with broken veins was skin toners made using APPLE CIDER VINEGAR and WITCH HAZEL. Both are noted as having a wide range of beauty benefits and their use as beauty aids goes back as early as the Egyptians when Cleopatra is noted as using all of these ingredients in her beauty regime.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER
So first of all – WARNING – DO NOT USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR UNDILUTED ON YOUR FACE. IT WILL BURN!
Regular white or brown vinegar does not contain any of the health promoting properties. You have to use an organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar which still has living bacteria which is beneficial to health. And it needs to contain the “Mother” (you can see how it’s written on the label in the above photo so you know what to look for). The “Mother” is very important as it’s the cloudy sediment you’ll find floating at the bottom of the bottle and it contains all of the proteins and bacteria that make the apple cider vinegar effective and healthy.
So get a clean bottle and dilute a small amount of the Apple Cider Vinegar with distilled water – I diluted 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar to 3 parts Mineral Water. And that’s it! Job done! Different websites show different dilution levels of Apple Cider Vinegar to Water but I would definitely steer on the side of caution and start off with a small ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar to Water.
Put a small amount on to a cotton wool ball or pad and wipe it over your face and neck, keeping it away from your eye area. Only use it at night and you can wash it off after 5 minutes if you prefer. It does smell vinegary but that soon wears off.
Benefits of using an Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Wash – numerous! It helps level your skins PH levels and helps unclog your pores, help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, clear redness on the face, helps with spots and pimples, helps reduce age spots, helps remove dead skin leaving healthy, vibrant skin.
WITCH HAZEL AND ROSE WATER TONER
When buying the Witch Hazel look for Alcohol Free Witch Hazel (alcohol can cause skin irritation).
Witch Hazel is a natural toner – it removes excess oil from the skin, leaving you with a healthy, glowing complexion. It’s astringent properties reduce pores and soothes irritated skin and it can help in the fight with spots.
Witch Hazel can be used neat but I diluted half Witch Hazel with Half Rose Water…..
Rose Water – Rose Water has been used as a beauty product since the time of the early Egyptians. It’s an anti-inflammatory which can help reduce redness and irritated skin, it helps hydrate and moisturise skin, it helps clean pores and tighten skin and it helps in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin! And it smells divine!
Again, put some of the Witch Hazel/Rose Water mix on to a cotton wool ball or pad and wipe it over your face.
I use the Witch Hazel and Rose Water Toner every morning and the Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Toner every night. I first of all dabbed a small amount of each of them on to a small area of my cheek to make sure I didn’t have an adverse reaction (which I recommend you do too).
I’ve been using these every morning and night now for a week after cleansing my face and I follow with my normal morning and night time serums and moisturisers. I have stopped using my regular cosmetic toners and use these in their place. I’ve had no adverse reactions from either and my skin is definitely healthier, clearer and more even toned. And hurray!!!! The broken veins have said goodbye too 🙂 All 3 ingredients are incredibly cheap to buy and will last a very, very long time.
My partner did comment this morning that I’ve been going to bed smelling like a chip shop(!) but hey, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra – it’s good enough for me!