Spider veins are a bit tricky. They exist on the majority of human bodies, although some more obvious than others thanks to skin coloring, genetics, and sex (male or female). Their causes can be a bit difficult to prevent, but the cures are simple and effective.
- Hormones – specifically too much estrogen or estrogen surges (can be caused by birth control pills and pregnancy)
- Sitting or standing too long
- Sun exposure
- Genetic predisposition
- Eat a truly healthy, “Epic Beauty Guide approved” diet which will keep your organs healthy and your hormones in balance.
- Exercise daily to keep your entire vascular system healthy and strong, which prevents weak vessels and pooling blood. Try yoga, walking, HIIT/Tabata, spinning/biking, swimming, boxing, whatever you like.
- If you sit all day, get up every half-hour to stretch and walk (even if it’s just walking back and forth to the water cooler). If you can’t get up that often, stretch at your desk every 30 minutes: do calf raises 15–20 times, then flex and extend your ankles 10–20 times to prevent blood pooling in your legs. This may sound like a lot, but it feels good and it’s important. We’re not meant to sit all day, so you have to take measures to keep yourself in good condition.
- If you stand all day, take breaks to stretch and exercise your legs by doing a few calf raises, squats, fold-overs (to stretch hamstrings), etc.
- For spider veins on the legs, wear supportive compression socks or tights (good brands to try, often recommended by doctors: Sigvaris and Jobst) to prevent spider and varicose veins. Get tights that have graduated compression, going from tighter in the feet to looser up the leg. Wear them 2–3 times per week.
- Take 200–500 mg. horse chestnut extract daily (consult your integrative physician or naturopath first) to help prevent spider vein formation. Butcher’s broom is also helpful for vascular health, though that is more often used for vericose veins.
- Do not expose your body to the sun too long without SPF. Wear a hat and either wear UMF protective clothing or a physical sunblock (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide). Unprotected sun exposure is still good for you since you need it for you health and vitamin D production – just don’t become a sun bunny unless you want leathery skin, wrinkles, and spider veins.
- When sitting and relaxing, keep your legs even with your feet by propping them up on an ottoman or hassock.
- Do not cross your legs.
- Sclerotherapy is a fast, effective fix whereby a saline solution gets injected into the tiny veins to dissolve them. Hypertonic saline is the best option since it’s the most natural and has no risk of allergy and little to no side effects (the other solutions are detergents or foams that can have allergic responses and result in hyperpigmentation). Depending on your pain tolerance, you may only feel the tiny prick of the needle, or you may have a burning sensation. Costs range from $250 to $450 per session. Be sure to find an experienced sclerotherapist, because your results are highly dependent on who is wielding that needle. They have to have the experience, eyesight, and sturdy hand to get into those tiny veins.
- Laser is another method for eliminating spider veins, though there are mixed feelings and results about this method. It is about the same price as sclerotherapy. Do your research on doctors and lasers to see what would suit you best.
Did you have spider veins and got rid of them? Feel free to leave a comment about what worked for you.