Summer means showing off legs! If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins, it can be tough to get out there and enjoy the sun. Learn how to make your veins less noticeable this summer with a few simple beauty products.

  1. Reduce the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Some veins can be very dark, so it’s best to use a cream that will reduce their appearance before applying self-tanner. Using a product that targets these areas will smooth out blotchy skin tone, giving you even color to work with once you apply the self-tanning product.
  2. Exfoliate the skin. This great for you to do year round if you suffer from dark or red varicose veins and spider veins. Blood circulation is crucial for you and exfoliating helps get the blood flowing year round, whether you’re applying self-tanner or not. Look for an exfoliator with small granules. Abrasive exfoliators can be difficult to work with if you have protruding veins that cause pain. Use a soft touch. You can also use a sponge or scrubber with gentle bristles to exfoliate the area with regular soap.
  3. Shave! This is a must when self-tanning. You want to work with a smooth, clean space for the self-tanner to develop and look good. If you forget to shave you could still end up with patchy spots or streaks, even if you exfoliate. Use a good razor and a shave cream or gel for the smoothest finish or wax legs for even better results.
  4. Moisturize. Keep legs moisturized with a lightweight lotion or gel intended for the body. Creams are great for those with varicose or spider veins because the skin absorbs them quickly. Often moisturizers with heavy perfumes or dyes can irritate varicose or spider veins, so do your best to stick to something basic. Allow the moisturizer to completely sink in before you apply the self-tanner. Skin should be dry to the touch.
  5. Apply self-tanner. There are now mitts on the market for applying self-tanner. This allows you to cover a large surface space in a short amount of time, but it also eliminated streaks left behind from fingers. Gel and foam self-tanners tend to be easier to work with for first-timers than lotions. Start at the feet and work your way up, whether you’re doing your entire body or just your legs. Allow the self-tanner to dry before putting on clothing or sitting on furniture. Many tinted self-tanners (those that are brown and allow you to see where color is applied) can stain furniture or sheets. Let the area dry completely before putting on loose clothing. The color will develop within 2-4 hours and will continue to develop overnight.