How to get rid of spider veins
As if stretch marks and cellulite weren’t enough of a pain, many of us also have to deal with spider veins. For those who’ve never experienced them, spider veins are small, visible veins that sit close to the skin’s surface and are typically blue, purple or red in colour. They get the name ‘spider’ as they often resemble a spider web. They shouldn’t be confused with varicose veins, which bulge and are abnormally large in appearance.
Spider veins most commonly appear on the legs or face, so when they do pop up, it’s typical for people to want to get rid of them ASAP. But like most body imperfections, spider veins are hard to budge. That being said, there are some things you can do to prevent and reduce their appearance.
Spider veins can be caused by a build-up of blood, so massaging the area will help to improve circulation and physically move the blood through dilated surface veins. If you love multi-tasking, use a body oil or lotion as you massage to smooth the appearance of your spider veins AND keep your skin hydrated.
#2 Heal from within
As we all know by now, what we do for our insides is just as important as what we do for the outside. There are three natural ingredients that can help diminish the appearance of spider veins: TTFCAs (total triterpenic fraction), OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins) and ruscus root extract. Together, they work to improve circulation in the legs, strengthen blood vessels and reduce leaking capillaries. By taking Perfect Pins® Oral Capsules ($55, www.perfectpins.com.au) twice daily, you can benefit from these ingredients and manage the symptoms of spider veins.
You’ve probably picked up that good circulation is a huge help when it comes to spider veins - and what better way to get things flowing than with exercise? Physical activities such as jogging, dancing and yoga are particularly great at getting the blood pumping, especially if you’ve been sitting at a desk all day.
#4 Get juicy
Nutritionist Erin Doblo recommends juicing daily and says berries, kale, and citrus fruits with a good layer of white pith are best. “Juicing is a delicious way to use your food as medicine,” she explains. “These specific fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin C and hesperidin, which are the nutrients required to make the ‘glue’ that repairs weak capillaries and veins.”
#5 Cover them
For the spider veins that refuse to budge (or are settling down, but aren’t quite there yet), there are things you can do to cover them. As these types of veins aren’t raised, it’s their blue and red colour that draws attention to them, so using a fake tan is an easy way to camouflage them. For extra coverage, you can also sweep over the area with a matte bronzer to blend with the rest of your skin.
Do you have spider veins? What are your top tips for getting rid of or preventing them?
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