Spider veins often referred to as varicose veins, are usually both painful and unsightly. Moreover, treating them usually involves expensive and grueling procedures, such as injecting saline solution into your legs. So is there something that can be done? Luckily, there are several painless Do It Yourself solutions that you can do at home and which will greatly reduce the presence of spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are thin, twisting veins that are easily visible through the skin and are typically a red, purple, or blue color. The veins appear in clusters that most commonly fan out on the human legs and face.
Varicose veins, although similar to spider veins, are more raised, pronounced blood vessels. These are often not colored and more tender to the touch than smaller, flatter spider veins.
Both types can cause problems for some people. When not checked on, spider veins can sometimes develop into ulcers, although this is fairly uncommon.
Generally speaking, spider veins don’t have major negative health connotations. From a cosmetic point of view, however, the veins can be a source of annoyance and embarrassment.
Why do we get spider veins?
Although they are more likely to show on people with fairer skin, its color does not dictate whether or not you will develop spider veins.
If spider veins run in your family, you’re more likely to develop them due to genetics. Being overweight is a common reason for spider veins to appear as well because the body is under more strain and struggles with circulation. People who stand for long periods of time at work or otherwise are also more likely to develop them.
Likewise, those who suffer from blood clots or take the contraceptive pill have an increased chance of encountering this issue because of the poorer circulation and hormonal changes. Hormonal fluctuations not only cause spider veins to appear, but they can increase the size of existing veins; this is especially common during puberty, menopause or pregnancy.
How can we reduce spider veins?
There are four simple ways to avoid varicose and spider veins, or reduce the ones you already have.
1. Apple cider vinegar
This miracle elixir can have numerous positive effects on your health, including reducing spider veins. In some cases, using this treatment daily can even make the veins disappear altogether. Apple cider vinegar boosts the blood supply in the body, which in turn boosts the health of different skin layers. This, in turn, helps the veins drop into the layers, rather than being visible close to the surface of the skin.
All you need is some vinegar and a clean cloth. Soak the cloth in vinegar and press on the affected areasanywhere you have troublesome veins. If you have sensitive skin, you may find that diluting the vinegar is best for you.
Leave the cloth on your skin for about 30 minutes and repeat twice a day. It will take at least two months for the effects to become noticeable, but if you make it part of your beauty routine, you might expedite the process.
2. Horse chestnut seeds
The antioxidants, saponins, and tannins in horse chestnut seeds help improve circulation and reduce inflammation in the body. This means that horse chestnut seeds will help reduce itchy and swollen spider veins by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow. The seeds will also strengthen the veins and improve their elasticity, thus reducing pain and discomfort.
Mix a few tablespoons of horse chestnut seeds with some distilled witch hazel and apply the mixture to your veins once a day. This is a great, gentle option for people with sensitive skin!
3. Witch hazel
You might know witch hazel as a solution for breakouts on your face, but acne isn’t the only thing witch hazel can help you with. This powerful plant with healing properties helps with varicose veins by strengthening the blood vessels and boosting their flexibility.
You can mix witch hazel with other ingredients, such as horse chestnut seed, to get even better results.
This spicy root isn’t just great after your sushi roll, it’s also an all-natural solution to fighting spider veins. When the veins are injured, fibrin builds up around the area, causing them look much worse than they really are. To break up this protein, incorporate ginger into your life and you will also find that your circulation is boosted by consuming it.
You can make a ginger cream to apply topically, or you can simply eat it! Try adding some ginger to a salad or enjoy a cup of ginger tea before going bed each night.
While all of these DIY treatments are cheap, all-natural, and effective, changing your lifestyle is another great way to avoid spider veins. Here are just a few ways you can go above and beyond to eradicate spider veins:
Lose weight by starting a healthy diet and exercise routine
Wear compression socks to help with circulation
Quit drinking and smoking
Get a weekly massage
Stop wearing heels and crossing your legs
Take care of your skin by always wearing sunscreen
* This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.