Have you resigned yourself to those purple, branch-like veins on your legs? Don’t lose hope. There are actually some simple treatments for spider veins. It’s not just an issue of aesthetics, either. These veins can be painful and annoying, as well. Before you resort to surgery, however, we’d like to give you some ideas about what you can try today – cheaply and from the comfort of your own home – before you opt for more drastic measures.
Stop spider veins taking over your legs!
These little irritants can appear all over your bottom half – from your bum to your ankles. Why do they proliferate? Essentially, it’s down to three things: genetics, blood circulation and lifestyle. For instance, if you have poor circulation and a sedentary lifestyle, you may be more prone to spider or varicose veins. There’s not necessarily much you can do about your genetic predisposition, but the other factors lie well within your control. Most often, the spidery veins appear before the varicose do. To stop them in their tracks, have a look at our natural remedies and try to incorporate them into your daily routine.
1. Get motivated to get cold feet
Morning is the best time to benefit from this method. As soon as you’ve dragged yourself out of bed, hop in the shower and spend 5 minutes concentrating a stream of cold water on your legs. Invigorating! If you’d rather, you can soak a towel in cold water and wrap it round your legs. What this does is decrease swelling and inflammation in the veins, which increases circulation and tone. You’ll feel instant relief. What a lovely start on a warm day – but we do recommend you make it a daily habit.
2. Amiable antioxidants
Need more refreshment? After you’ve lavished cold water on your lower limbs, give your insides a boost by drinking a glass of orange juice. It’s another great habit that you can start doing immediately. What will it do for you? Well, it’ll provide your body with antioxidants. These are essential for doing stacks of beneficial stuff for your veins. They help improve circulation and tone by oxygenating your blood. It’s not just orange juice that will help here. You can – and should – include other fruits, too. Try lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and kiwis!
3. Feet up!
No need to go overboard! You don’t have to have your legs at a right angle. Just put a comfy cushion under your feet and knees to keep them slightly elevated. What this achieves is better circulation, which – as we’ve established – is the enemy of spider veins.
4. The remedy in apples
This one might surprise you: apple cider vinegar. It’s an excellent toner for the skin and relaxant for the muscles. Guess what. That means it’s great for giving your circulation a boost. How do you use it? Simply soak a clean cloth or flannel in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the veiny area. Keep it in place on your leg for at least 20 minutes. If you make this an everyday routine, the veins will shrink and disappear from view.
5. Get rosehip to avocado
This one is a luxurious treat. It’s a remedy that is recommended for post-waxing, as it helps to calm your skin and stimulate the oxygen that provides good circulation. Sure, you could spend bags of cash on creams with fancy names, but why not keep it simple. Rosehip oil has what you need and is easy to find – at sensible prices – in health food shops, chemists and even some large supermarkets. Highly prized for its beautifying effects, rosehip is renowned for its remarkable results. Add it to avocado and you have a formidable duo fighting against the appearance of spider and varicose veins. Just remember that it’s best to apply it after you’ve waxed your legs. If you don’t wax, use this combination to pamper yourself once a month.
You only need two ingredients: half an avocado and 10 drops of rosehip oil. Scoop the pulp from half an avocado, ensuring that you get most of the flesh from around the seed. This is where you’ll find the most nutritive and curative bits. Place the flesh of the avocado in a dish and add 10 drops of rosehip oil to it. Blend and mash together until you get a good paste with a spreadable consistency.
Ready? Now all you have to do is put it on the areas that are most affected by spidery veins. Do take care to work your way from bottom to top with gentle movements – preferably using anticlockwise, circular motions. Once you’ve finished massaging it in, let it penetrate for 15 minutes to allow your skin absorb it. Remove with cold water. Your legs will feel positively hydrated and smooth. The spider veins won’t be able to thrive in a well-moisturised and oxygenated environment!