I’ll be honest from the start – when I agreed to review this product, what I was expecting was not at all what I got. I thought that Remescar Spider Veins would be some sort of make up product to disguise the look of those less than delightful skin blemishes.
Actually, it turns out that it’s more of a treatment product, designed to reduce the veins you’ve got and prevent new ones from appearing. So it’s medicinal rather than make up, and hopefully will produce a much longer lasting effect as a result.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels, visible near the surface of the skin. They can be red, purple or blue and are caused by a variety of factors, including standing a lot. So whilst we’re all being told that too much sitting down is bad for your health, stand up too much and you’ll suffer for it too. It’s estimated that up to 60% of adults have some sort of spider or varicose veins, so if you have these at least you know that your spider tribe is large.
What does it do?
Remescar Spider Veins is designed for “prevention, management and treatment of skin affected by spider veins” – they’re very optimistic about this and promise up to a 51% decrease in the appearance of existing spider veins. It works by forming an invisible, breathable film around the veins to strengthen and protect them. It can be used on the legs, abdomen and face. The effectiveness builds up over time, and the advice on the packaging is to use it twice a day for two to three months. So now is the time to start using it if you want to see a result by the summer.
I have a particularly robust crop of spider veins on my right leg. Most of the time these don’t get aired, apart from when I wear cropped leggings at the gym. I regard them as part of the normal blemishes that life throws at you. They may not look good, but they’re not the end of the world. I probably got them by knocking my leg at some point, but that’s OK, I was most likely up to mischief anyway. If they bother me I cover them up with fake tan. But fake tanning can be a chore, and also looks a bit weird if you just do your legs.
Does it work?
After trying out this product for several weeks on the veins on my legs, I would estimate about a 30% decrease in visible spider veins – enough that I can tell the difference in the mirror, but not enough to show up on camera. The biggest, most purpley vein hasn’t shifted. That bugger’s not going anywhere, he’s with me for life. All in all, I was pleased to see a visible result.
What I like about Remescar is that you can see a difference from the first application – at least I could. I suspect that this is because of the pale green tint of the product, like green tinted CC creams designed to reduce redness in the face.
In terms of preventing future spider veins, I am sceptical about those claims because how would you ever prove that? So I don’t think that this is a miracle product, but I do think that it’s a useful one to add to your bathroom cabinet if your spider veins bother you.
Remescar Spider Veins is available online and in stores including Superdrug, priced around £29.95 for 50ml.