Summertime means shedding layers and showing off that bikini figure. But for many, especially women, the season can bring a beauty blemish. Spider veins and varicose veins appear or worsen during the months of July and August more so than any other month of the year.
Varicose veins are worse in the summer:
The primary culprit is the hot summer sun. As we all know, the sun’s rays can weaken the skin’s upper layers, sap 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. The resulting pooling of blood is what creates spider veins and varicose veins.
To keep your legs looking swimsuit-ready, follow these tips from vein specialist Dr. James St. George of the Varicose Vein Center in Jacksonville:
- Slather on the sun block and high SPF moisturizers, not just on your legs, but also on your 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. Cooling exercises like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from dilating;
- Opt for summery flats and sandals rather than high heels that keep your calf muscles from effectively pumping blood out of the leg. There’s a major beauty and fitness plus to this one – wearing lower heels makes your calves work a little harder, keeping them curvy and strong;
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s great for keeping your skin smooth and clear, too.
If you notice spider or varicose veins forming, call 877-640-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consultation at the St. Johns Vein Center today.