If you suffer from varicose veins, you probably know how unflattering they can be. Many people suffering from this skin condition will become frustrated with not only the pain they cause but also how difficult they are to mask, treat or even prevent from further appearing.
If your varicose veins are getting the best of you, don’t worry. In this article, we will provide you with some useful tips on how to conceal and correct this painful as well as embarrassing annoyance. However, before we get to this list, let’s get more familiar with what varicose veins are and why they may occur.
18 What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are a skin condition where the veins are swollen or enlarged and are usually blue or dark purple in color. Most frequently, varicose veins will occur on the legs, and in some cases, they appear lumpy, bulging or twisted.
17 What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins begin to develop when the small one-way valves inside the veins stop working properly. For example, in a healthy vein, the blood will flow smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backward by a series of tiny valves that open and close. However, if these valves weaken or are in any way damaged, the blood can flow backward and collect in the vein, causing it to be swollen and enlarged (varicose).
Furthermore, certain factors can increase your chances of developing varicose veins. These factors are:
- Old age
- Genetics (hereditary)
- Standing or sitting for longer periods of time
- Being born with defective valves
- Being female (hormonal changes can increase the risk of varicose veins from occurring)
16 Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
Though varicose veins don’t cause major health complications, they can, in some cases, lead to serious conditions such as leg swelling and pain, blood clots, and skin changes. If you suffer from varicose veins and notice any abnormal changes in your body, we recommended consulting a medical practitioner immediately.
15 Masking, Treating & Preventing Varicose Veins
Now that you have a brief understanding of what varicose veins are and why they may occur, read on to discover how to deal with your varicose veins so that you can display your legs in pain-free confidence.
While we think that all imperfections are beautiful, we understand that minimizing the appearance of varicose veins is a desire for many. So with that, here are 14 ways to mask, treat and prevent your varicose veins:
14 Wear Pants
This one is the most obvious options for masking your varicose veins. By simply wearing long pants or a long skirt, you can instantly feel more confident about your legs. If you worry about others seeing your varicose veins, covering them with clothing could instantly rid that concern.
13 Apply Body Makeup
The best (and possibly easiest) way to mask your varicose veins is by concealing them with body makeup. What's important to remember is that you shouldn’t be using makeup designed specifically for the face, but rather, designed for the body.
For example, you should be using waterproof body-specific makeup designed for correcting and concealing skin imperfections like varicose veins, stretch marks, and cellulite, as it is made to properly conceal, all while keep your clothing free of makeup stains.
12 Apply Self-Tanning Lotion
Using a self-tanning lotion is another great way to mask your varicose veins. Not only can these types of lotions conceal the appearance of varicose veins, but they can also give your skin a bronzing glow. Like moisturizing lotions, most self-tanning lotions have rich moisturizing components that will keep your legs soft and looking spectacular.
11 Wear Compression Stockings
In most cases, compression stockings can help treat varicose veins, as they are designed to improve circulation in the legs. Today, these stockings are made in dark colors, which means not only can you wear them to improve blood flow and circulation, but also to conceal the appearance of your varicose veins.
10 Reduce Swelling
If your varicose veins appear lumpy or inflamed, consider reducing the swelling of the veins, as it can make them smaller and therefore reduce their visual appearance.
How to do this…
By eating a healthy balanced diet that is low in sodium and high in fresh fruit and vegetables, you can keep your varicose veins from swelling up. Additionally, you can apply rosemary, witch hazel, lavender, yarrow and horse chestnuts to the veins to help improve circulation and therefore reduce swelling.
9 Don’t Stress
When we see a blemish on our skin, we stress about it. We know exactly where it is, how big it is, and what color it is. While it's difficult not to obsess about our imperfections, chances are we are the only ones noticing.
What do other people think? The honest truth is that we are our worst critics and that most people won’t even notice these blemishes. The same goes for varicose veins. Don’t stress; your varicose veins will always look worse to you than they do to someone else.
8 Increase Your Garlic Intake
Garlic is one the most beneficial (and natural) products for treating varicose veins. Thanks to its healing properties, garlic helps reduce inflammation associated with varicose veins, all while improving blood circulation.
To see effective improvements in the reduction of your varicose veins, experts recommend consuming garlic either in your daily diet or by applying garlic oil topically to the affected area approximately four times per week.
Apply Aloe Vera
One of the most common topical remedies for improving and eventually treating varicose veins is aloe vera. Aloe vera contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones provide skin healing as well as anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation and improve overall circulation.
Aloe vera, in its natural most form, works best for the treatment of varicose veins. For example, you can directly apply the stalk of the plant to the skin, massaging the affected area for 15 minutes, 2-3 times per day.
7 Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another natural skin healing formula that is effective against varicose veins. Not only does apple cider vinegar help reduce the appearance of this skin condition, but it also is extremely easy to apply.
How easy? All you need to do is dampen a washcloth with apple cider vinegar and place it over your varicose veins for 2-3 minutes. You could also give yourself gentle massages (avoid applying pressure) with the washcloth to help stimulate blood circulation.
6 Apply Castor Oil
Castor oil works wonders for reducing inflammation in varicose veins and for promoting good circulation. If you massage your legs daily (2-3 times) with castor oil, not only will you experience quick relief from the pain and the swelling associated with varicose veins, but you will also see improvements in the overall appearance.
Give yourself a castor oil massage over the affected areas. For example, start at your feet and slowly move upwards to the thighs. These massages should be gentle, from bottom to top, and should be done primarily at night. Why? Because the skin repairs itself at night, the castor oil will penetrate more effectively during this time.
5 Increase Your Cayenne Pepper Intake
As strange as this may seem, cayenne pepper actually works in curing varicose veins. It’s true. The bioflavonoids and vitamin C found in cayenne pepper are known to decongest the veins, promoting healthier blood circulation. Cayenne pepper can also help to ease the pain of swollen or aching joints caused as a result of poor circulation.
Oftentimes, the pain of varicose veins is worse than the appearance, and consuming or topically applying a paste of this skin healing spice can help alleviate these uncomfortable situations.
4 Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise such as daily walking or jogging will help improve circulation throughout the body. Proper circulation helps to fight against the development of worsening varicose veins, so it’s important to maintain this on a regular basis. That’s not all. Regular exercise will lower blood pressure throughout the body, greatly improving your circulatory system.
3 Wear Loose Fitted Clothing
Believe it or not, tight clothing contributes to the worsening of varicose veins, and those who already suffer from this skin condition, or are believed to be at a genetic disposition of developing them, may be advised to wear more loose-fitted clothing.
2 Avoid Smoking
There is no doubt that smoking causes many health problems, so it’s no surprise that it could contribute to the worsening of your varicose veins. In fact, studies have shown that the high blood pressure associated with smoking can lead to the development of varicose veins. Smoking is also associated with “lower limb venous insufficiency,” which is a condition where blood does not flow properly and therefore is stored in the legs.
1 Avoid Prolonged Sitting or Standing
Sitting or standing in one place for a long period of time can increase the venous pressure in both the legs and feet. Over time, this pressure can cause your veins to stretch, weakening the walls of the veins, and therefore leading to not only the worsening of existing varicose veins but the development of new ones as well.
While varicose veins are generally not a serious health concern, they can cause some unnecessary frustration among those who suffer from this condition. Luckily, there are many ways to deal with varicose veins, so if you’ve run out of options yourself, make sure to keep these tips in mind. Who knows? We may have just opened a new realm of options for you to try.