Many of you ask about solutions for spider veins, broken veins and broken capillaries (face and body). LED light (especially red) can help with diligent use. But what about topical active ingredients? Well, a few years ago I came across horse chestnut as potentially helpful, but not much else that was convincing until a few months ago when I stumbled across rutin.

Actually, I came across rutin when I saw it in Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair and wondered what it was. I was super excited when I found out that rutin isn’t just thought to help broken veins and even varicose veins, but has a ton of research to back it up. What’s more, due to how it interacts with our bodies, rutin benefits the skin in multiple other ways too.

First of all, what is rutin? It is a flavonoid that is found in some fruits and vegetables and, in particular, the rind of citrus fruit.  Flavonoids are multi-active components used in common cosmetics primarily for antioxidant and soothing actions. However, they also have a "strengthening" effect on blood vessel walls.

Spider veins and varicose veins occur as a result of the gradual weakening and deterioration of capillaries. which, being so small, are extremely susceptible to damage from free-radical assault. This can lead to rupturing and bleeding that is visible as "broken veins" on the surface of the skin.

How rutin works on blood vessels is complex. According to a Polish scientist, there are three main mechanisms: protection of the blood vessel, the prevention of platelets from aggregating and decrease in capillary permeability (source).

There’s another mechanism that I find pretty cool. Rutin has the capacity to regenerate vitamin C after it neutralizes a free radical, thus helping to restore its antioxidant potential. Because vitamin C plays a critical role in the manufacture of collagen, an important component of capillary walls as well skin.

Rutin may even work on varicose veins (enlarged, twisted veins that are not moving blood effectively), according to the University of Maryland. In particular, there are oxerutins, a group of chemicals in rutin, that have been studied on women with varicose veins in their legs.

Given how amazing rutin is and that it may really be one of the few things that works for broken veins, its frustrating that it isn’t used in more skincare products. Perhaps, we can help change that… Altogether now! Let's start rooting for rutin!