Spring break is a fun and exciting time of year. When you are spending time in the sun, are you adequately protecting your skin? If you head to the beach or lounging poolside, beware that all that sun soaking can have an unsightly effect on your legs – and we’re not talking simply sunburns.
Sun Burns and Spider Veins
Everyone knows that a sun burn and the subsequent skin peeling a few weeks later are not only less than fashionable- they are dangerous. Long-term effects of too much sun like premature aging and skin cancer are serious issues. But did you know that sun exposure also can lead to spider veins? When veins are unable to keep blood flowing normally, the blood simply pools backward, creating spider veins in the legs and the face.
“Extended exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays weakens the skin’s upper layers, diminishing its moisture and elasticity,” explains Dr. James St. George, vein specialist and founder of Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center. “This can make the skin less able to move and bend in various directions. As a result, the veins at the skin’s surface also can’t move, and neither can the blood those veins are carrying.”
Protection From the Sun
If you’re enjoying time in the sunshine during spring break and the coming summer months, protect your skin from spider veins and other sun-induced health troubles by applying a quality sun-blocking moisturizer with high SPFs. Be sure to cover your nose, face and legs and reapply often if you swim or sweat. Lounge beneath a shade rather than directly under the sun, and wear protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats. St Johns Vein Center carries Journee -Day Moisturizer & Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 30ml.
Think you may already see spider veins developing? Call 877-640-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation at the St. Johns Vein Center today.