Spider Veins: How to Prevent & Get Rid of Them

Spider Veins: How to Prevent & Get Rid of Them

Spider Veins: How to Prevent & Treat Them

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.

{CAUSES}

  1. Hor­mones – specif­i­cal­ly too much estro­gen or estro­gen surges (can be caused by birth con­trol pills and preg­nan­cy)
  2. Sit­ting or stand­ing too long
  3. Sun expo­sure
  4. Genet­ic pre­dis­po­si­tion

{FIXES}

  1. Eat a tru­ly healthy, “Epic Beau­ty Guide approved” diet which will keep your organs healthy and your hor­mones in bal­ance.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. When sit­ting and relax­ing, keep your legs even with your feet by prop­ping them up on an ottoman or has­sock.
  9. Do not cross your legs.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
~Steph  x

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