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With some small thread veins on my legs, the odd bruise, some skin redness and an itchy rash, I felt that I would be a good candidate for Medik8 Red Alert For Body ($75 in the shop). And I pleased to report that this unusual body treatment lotion with bearberry and teprenone turned out to be a good candidate for me.
I am already a fan of Medik8 Red Alert ($60 in the shop) for the face and use it almost every day where it keeps rosacea and thread veins on the apples of my cheeks at bay. The body version proved just as useful. It is the only thing that has worked on a itchy rash I had and a scar/bruise that wouldn’t go away, faded considerably. I also saw progress with a couple of spider veins.
As with Medik8 Red Alert for face the active is teprenone, which is supposed to stabilize the telomeres and prevent cell death. And, as such, may be a useful anti-aging active. It is also said to mend broken veins and calm rosacea. However, Medik8 Red Alert Professional Strength For Body has some additional ingredients that are of great interest.
One is bearberry, which has recently got some attention from Dr Oz. Bearberry (a berry beloved by bears) contains arbutin, which is a natural skin brightener. Bearberry also has sun protection properties and may reduce the degree of skin tanning after sun exposure.
Menaquinone is vitamin K2. Because vitamin K is needed for blood coagulation, it is thought that it will help mend broken capillaries. Another broken vein helper is horse chestnut as these trees (particularly the seeds) contain a saponin called escin. This is supposed to strengthen veins and capillaries by blocking an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which can breakdown of proteoglycans (part of the structure of capillary walls).
I should point out, however, that I don’t have much scarring and the spider veins are few and spidery - by which I mean that I don’t have experience of how well Medik8 Red Alert Professional Strength For Body for deeper scars or visible broken veins.
My rash was likely soothed by the presence of kiwi seed oil, which is used to treat skin infections, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Meanwhile antioxidants are provided by cypress leaf extract (said to be more potent than vitamin E) and linden extract.
Medik8 doesn’t formulate for purists and there are the usual suspects and potential irritants among the preservatives. Overall, though, Medik8 Red Alert Professional Strength For Body is an excellent product for treating skin conditions. One last point I should mention is that this is not an overall body lotion, but is meant for targeting and treating problem areas.