The sun’s rays can weaken the upper layers of the skin, zap its moisture and diminish its elasticity. This makes both the skin and the veins just below its surface unable to flex and move properly.

As a result, the veins are unable to keep blood flowing as normal, causing it to pool instead. Plus, frequent exposure to high temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand, placing more stress on valves in the veins. When the valve breaks or doesn’t work efficiently from stress, the blood pools creating spider veins and varicose veins.


  • Apply sunscreen and high SPF moisturizers. Apply everywhere, but especially where thinner skin is more prone to developing tiny spider veins.
  • Cover up. Seek shade if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.
  • Keep hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is great for keeping your skin smooth and clear, too.
  • Wear flats. Summery flats and sandals are more favorable than high heels because they keep your calf muscles pumping blood out of the leg as they flex.
  • Keep moving. Exercises like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from fully dilating.

Think your veins are feeling the summertime symptoms?  We can help relieve your discomfort. Click to contact us for a free screening or call (717) 412-7226.