With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get your shorts, skirts and sundresses out of winter storage.
But if you suffer from unsightly varicose veins, your instinct may be to cover up your legs and keep your summertime staples in storage.
Don’t let varicose veins stop you from fully enjoying the season. Here’s a primer on these pesky, painful veins and some tips on getting your legs ready for summer.
What are varicose veins anyway?
Varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins that appear just under the skin on your legs and ankles. They’re caused by faulty valves that allow blood to pool in the veins instead of recirculating back up to the heart. This leads to increased pressure in the legs, which weakens and stretches veins over time.
The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Family history also plays a part; if you have a parent who has varicose veins, there’s a greater chance you will too. Other risk factors include being overweight and regularly standing or sitting for extended periods.
What are the symptoms?
Telltale signs of varicose veins are heaviness, burning or pain in your legs. Your feet and ankles may be swollen, and for some people, the veins feel itchy. Standing and sitting for long stretches can aggravate these symptoms.
Varicose veins can also cause skin changes, such as discolouration, dry skin, inflammation and even scaling. It’s no wonder varicose-vein sufferers want to keep their legs covered up. But a few lifestyle changes may be all that’s needed to ease the pain and improve the look of varicose veins.
What can I do to keep varicose veins from getting worse?
Compression stockings are often the first approach in the battle against varicose veins. They’re all the rage now with runners, so you can find them in a whole range of great colours and styles. Using compression stockings daily will help steadily squeeze your legs and compress the veins, which keeps them from stretching and reduces discomfort. Longer-term solutions include regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight, which will boost blood circulation and keep veins from developing any further.
In addition, many varicose-vein sufferers find relief with Flora’s CircuVein supplement, an award-winning formula that supports healthy circulation while protecting and toning blood vessels. CircuVein is clinically proven to alleviate the swelling and heavy sensation of varicose veins, helping you feel more comfortable.
How can I make my legs look better?
Exercises that strengthen the legs will not only stimulate blood flow but also help your legs look more toned. Elevating your legs above your heart when resting and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting will help reduce swelling. Avoid sitting cross-legged — while it doesn’t cause varicose veins, it can aggravate them and make them look more pronounced.
CircuVein can help with appearance too. It contains the bioflavonoids diosmin and hesperidin, ingredients proven to reduce the visible signs of varicose veins. With CircuVein, you’ll start to see a difference in as little as two months — just in time for summer!
Bring your legs out of hibernation. For more information on CircuVein’s award-winning vegan and gluten-free formula, go to www.florahealth.com.