We all know those pesky, blue varicose veins are both annoying and unsightly. You can only wear long pants for so long! With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s time to show off those legs and not be embarrassed. We’re here to help by sharing with you 5 of the best ways to treat and hide varicose and spider veins.
Five Ways to Hide Varicose Veins
1.To Hide Varicose Veins, Makeup is Your Friend
It probably seems like an obvious choice, but makeup can be a simple and budget-friendly way to hide varicose veins. Don’t use just any makeup lying around; there are foundations specifically made to hide flaws and skin imperfections like varicose veins, stretch marks, and scars. These can be found in pharmacies and some makeup retail stores. They won’t stain your clothes and leave you with lasting coverage of your veins throughout the day. They even have waterproof options for those hot summer days at the beach or pool!
Speaking of hot summer days, you can use self-tanner to hide your veins as well. Apply some moisturizer followed by the self-tanner (one that closely matches your skin color in the area you’re covering) to help with the issue. Find a tanner with a yellow base to contrast the bluish color of the veins, make sure it’s waterproof for long-lasting coverage, and using one with even a small amount of SPF is great for added sun safety.
And if you can’t go out and buy something new or need a quick fix, mix some bronzing powder with moisturizer for easy, homemade coverage.
Makeup can be a simple and budget-friendly way to hide varicose veins.
2. Try Some Homemade Remedies
There are also a few things around your home that can help in the treatment of these veins. They aren’t as quick of a fix as the makeup choices, but they can aid in the improvement of unsightly varicose veins. Vitamin C found in things like oranges can strengthen the blood vessels and improve circulation.
Castor oil can also help, since it contains anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties. It helps in swelling by reducing the blood clots in the veins. You can apply warm castor oil twice a day to the area(s) that suffer from veins, and cover the area(s) with warm flannel.
You can also soak a cloth in apple cider vinegar and use as a compress on the veins. Do this twice a day for half an hour until you see improvement. Keeping your legs elevated at or above your heart when you’re lying down or relaxing can also help.
Sometimes home remedies and makeup aren’t enough to hide varicose veins, especially when your veins are severe and painful. Sclerotherapy is one of the medical treatments you can undergo that wipes out 80% of treated veins. How does it work? A doctor injects a solution into the abnormal vein(s). The blood vessel is then destroyed, becomes fibrotic, and eventually disappears completely.
Laser therapy can also destroy tiny veins using the heat from the lasers. The heat creates scar tissue, which eventually closes off the vein. For some, this is a much more appealing option than the injections. Since these are medical treatments after all, a thorough evaluation will be necessary to avoid side effects. They are definitely more permanent solutions, which in the long run will be the most beneficial option.
4. There’s Always Compression Stockings
When all else fails, there’s always the simple option of compression stockings. They not only help with hiding the veins, but they can actually treat them by improving circulation and relieving the discomfort that can occur. These stockings now come in multiple shades and styles, so they can easily be worn with multiple styles and outfits. In warm weather however, you may be better off choosing one of the other concealing or improvement options.
Sclerotherapy is one of the medical treatments you can undergo that wipes out 80% of treated veins.
5. Changing Your Lifestyle
Of course, lifestyle changes can benefit you greatly. Losing weight as well as exercising daily can ease the symptoms and increase circulation. It’s not always an easy task to exercise, so find something you can enjoy doing each day for around 30 minutes that will get your blood moving to improve the circulation throughout your body.
Also, try to remember that sitting for long periods of time can make your varicose veins much worse. In today’s world a lot of careers require several hours of sitting, so just be sure you are getting up and moving a bit every hour to give your veins a break. Even a simple walk around the office can benefit you greatly.