This past winter I had quite the broken vein problem, particularly on my left cheek. Nothing really seemed to be working, and I approached product testing cautiously so as not to worsen matters. Then, Tammy Fender’s Capillary Strengthening Blend ($80) came into my life. Much to my amazement it works. Seriously, it really works!
After only a week, my cheeks were looking less red and after 14 days, I detected less pesky thread veins. After a month, I’ve almost got the all clear. Now why did I say I was amazed by this? Well, I thought I was in a bad way and Tammy Fender’s oil seemed to be comprised of nice but not outstanding botanicals. Furthermore, I was familiar with all of them and not aware that any had capillary strengthening abilities.
It turns out that German chamomile is a local vasoconstrictor, reducing blood pressure by relaxing the constriction of vessels and causing small blood vessels to shrink. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent due to the presence of a compound called Azulene. Other useful ingredients include bois de rose, which improves the water retention of collagen fibers. Neroli is an antioxidant that fills cells with water and is a source of vitamin C, a precursor for the production of collagen. Sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidants also come in the forms of apricot, black currant and rose hip.
Tammy Fender Capillary Strengthening Blend is a colorless, light oil that absorbs very easily, which is just as well as I don’t want my cheeks looking any shinier than they do naturally. The scent is certainly notable with all those hints of neroli and rose, but not unpleasant and it dissipates fairly quickly.
Best of all it does what it says on the tin. This not just another nice facial oil, it is a targeted treatment that works. I am always being asked to recommend something for broken veins and now I can — especially for those that want an all-natural product with no nasties.