Up to 70% of adult women suffer from spider veins sometime within their lifetime. For most women, this is an unsightly issue caused by hormones, sun damage, or even genetics.
About Spider Veins:
- Spider veins are characterized by clusters of dilated blood vessels on the ankles, legs, feet, or face. These veins can be caused by rosacea, sun exposure, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, excessive weight gain, poor exercise habits, heredity, or restrictive clothing.
- Women that are of childbearing age or older normally suffer from spider veins or a larger version called varicose veins. Men and women of any age can be affected by this condition, although it poses no harm because these veins are not necessary for circulation.
What Can You Do?
- Maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise.
- Exercise with low impact workouts, like elliptical training, cycling, swimming, or walking, instead of high impact exercises like running.
- If you are often on your feet, use support hose.
- Always wear sunscreen, especially on your face. Make sure to wear a broad spectrum sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30 that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
What to Avoid:
- High heels. Avoid wearing very high heels, and instead wear low heeled shoes or flats.
- Standing or crossing your legs for long periods of time. If you stand while working, try to stand on your tip-toes a few times per hour.
- Very tight clothing. Clothing that restricts your waist, groin, or legs will cause potential issues in spider veins.
- Unprotected sun exposure.
How to Look Your Best:
- VeinRemedi: Smaller spider veins can be treated with laser therapy to target the veins using heat so that they will fade. 3 to 6 treatments are recommended.