You don’t have to look like Mrs Angry. If you are seeing red, it could be the accumulation of broken capillaries, or thread veins. We know how to mend them with three proven serums worthy of the Truth In Aging Olympics. On the podium we have E’shee’s Cellular Repair Serum to collect the Gold Medal, Prana AU 24K for the Silver and Osmotics Anti-Radical Repair for the Bronze Medal.

E’shee Cellular Repair Serum ($179 in the TIA shop). This serum is hugely beneficial for rosacea, broken veins and deep wrinkles. The key active is the cutting edge FGF 1 (a Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor). Fibroblast growth factors, or FGFs, are a family of growth factors involved in angiogenesis and wound healing. FGF1 is rather bossy and tells other FGFs what to so. It signals FGF2 to get on with fibroblast growth and collagen production, hyaluronic acid and elastin, while getting FGF7 to get busy with hair follicles and grow hair. FGF7 is also responsible for keratinocyte resulting in rejuvenated skin. Read the full review

Prana AU 24K Gold Serum ($96 in the TIA shop). This Silver winner comes with its own gold. Real flakes (mined in Germany, no less).  Gold is supposed to stimulate blood flow and oxygen. Gold certainly has anti-inflammatory activities and it may be boost collagen III. Prana calms redness and minimizes broken veins, although whether this is due to the gold, I cannot say. I also attribute AU 24K’s success to its many other actives, especially the peptides.  There’s that good old collagen builder Matrixyl 3000, as well as Matrixyl, and two peptide expression line inhibitors, pentapeptide-18 and acetyl hexapeptide-8. Read the full review

Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense ($111 in the TIA shop) I gave this to a friend and she described as “wonderful”, an adjective she usually reserves for opera. Osmotics closed her pores, smoothed the skin and best of all it went to work on her thread veins. Within a month, they had, along with some little red patches pretty much disappeared.  The key actives are aldenine and carnosine. Carnosine is actually supposed to extend the Hayflick Limit (the rate at which cells cease to reproduce themselves and die out completely) from 52 to just over 60. Aldenine, which is the result of combining tripeptide-1 with soy and wheat proteins plus xanthan gum. Read the review

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Ingredients in E’shee: Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Propylene Glycol, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Extract, Tinocare GL, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, D-Panthenol, Lactic acid, Carbomer, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, FGF 1 (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor).

Ingredients in Prana: Purified Water (Aqua), Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Cyanocbalamine (Vitamin B12), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ginseng .Green Tea, Marine Collagen, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Pentapeptide-18, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pycnogenol, Centella Asiatica, Chamomile, Genuine German Gold, Allantoin, Chitosan, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Osmotics: Purified Water, Vegetable Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Xanthan Gum, Tripeptide-1, Glycerin, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Soybean Sterol, Squalane, Vitamin E Acetate, Ubiquinone 50, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Carnosine, Ceramide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linoleic Acid, Allantoin, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine.