Unfortunately – some of the causes of spider veins you can’t do much about. Age, gender and genes all play a big part in determining whether you are likely to get leg vein problems. But there’s more to it than that.
The good news is that there are all sorts of other things you can do to help prevent spider veins or to stop them returning once you’ve had vein removal treatment.
So here’s a great practical checklist to help keep you free of spider veins now and in the future:
- 1. Protect yourself from the sun: sun damage will make your spider veins worse so wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Wear the highest factor you can whenever you are out in the sun and lay it on thick. If you want tanned legs – and who doesn’t? – choose an artificial sun tan product
- 2. Take leg exercise regularly – focus on leg strength, circulation and vein strength – remember it’s weak vein walls and valves that contribute to the problem. Focus on exercise that work your legs and get the blood pumping in your calf muscles. Exercise such as walking, running, playing tennis, swimming, running up and down stairs
- 3. Keep your weight under control to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs and vein valves.
- Eat a healthy diet Make sure you get all the right vitamins and minerals for the best vein health. Following a healthy vein diet will make you look and feel better overall too.
- Fidget – its good for you! Try not to sit still for long periods of time as this pools the blood and inhibits circulation – regularly get up and move around to keep your circulation going. Move your feet when sitting at your desk for long periods – a good tip is to do the leg vein exercises suggested on long haul flights at least once every half hour or .
- Don’t cross your legs – it may be sexy or even ladylike – but don’t do it (certainly not for long periods) – it can inhibit proper circulation and cut off blood flow to and from the legs.
- Put your feet up: elevate your legs when resting as much as possible (not too difficult this one – try it with a magazine and your favourite drink!)
- Don’t stand still: if you have a job which involves standing for long periods of time make sure you move around actively rather than standing in one place which allows the blood to pool.
- Ditch those killer heels: you may have a love affair with your Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks but high heeled shoes will do nothing for your leg vein health. You may still want to wear killer heels but just don’t do it all the time or for long periods of time. High heels force your feet and legs into all sorts of unatural positions and put extra strain on those long-suffering veins.
- Try a high strength topical cream Find the best spider vein cream and use it consistently as the makers recommend – you may be one of the lucky ones who see great results.
So there you have it – ten positive steps to help combat those nasty spider veins. Whether you choose to go for vein removal treatment or live with your thread veins you CAN take action to deal with them!