It’s finally summer and smooth, attractive legs seem to be everywhere! But anyone with embarrassing bright purple, bulging varicose veins on their legs might not be so excited. Many of them may be too self-conscious to wear shorts or bathing suits. Some may be wondering why their legs seem worse during the summer.
Varicose veins are worse in the summer:
The main culprit is the hot summer sun. The sun’s rays can be very dehydrating and weaken the skins upper layers sapping its moisture and diminishing its elasticity. As a result, the veins are less likely to keep blood flowing like normal causing it to pool in the lower limbs wherever broken valves are. Frequent exposure to high temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand, placing more stress on valves in the veins. The resulting pooling of blood is what creates spider veins and varicose veins.
Tips for staying swimsuit ready:
Slather on the sun block and high SPF moisturizers on your legs, face and nose where thinner skin is more prone to developing spider veins.
Cover up or seek shade if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.
Exercise to keep the blood circulating. Exercises that are less intense like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from dilating.
Wear summery flats and sandals rather than high heels. Flats keep your calf muscles pumping blood out of the leg.
Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s also great for keeping your skin smooth and clear.
Try self-care for Varicose Veins:
If your varicose veins only embarrass you but not terribly pain you, then there are steps you can take to keep them from getting worse.
First, exercise can improve blood flow through your veins. If you do not typically exercise, consult your doctor first, start slowly, and work your way up to exercising 30 minutes a day a few days a week. Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the pressure on your legs and veins.
Do you sit or stand for long periods of time each day? Make a conscious effort to take breaks. If you typically sit all day, tap your toes to pump your calf muscles or use your lunch hour to take a walk. When standing, raising yourself up and down on your toes or rocking back and forth on your heels can help to improve the blood flow in your legs.
You should also elevate your legs whenever possible throughout the day and more so at the end of a long day. This will help move blood from the veins in your lower legs.
If your legs are starting to ache or swell, then consider talking to a vein specialist about compression therapy. They can help to increase the circulation and reduce your discomfort. If you feel discomfort in your legs, call Premier Vein Specialists for a free consult. We can help heal your vein discomfort. Call 717-412-7226.