Spider veins aren’t fun for anyone to deal with. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you don’t want to deal with the unsightly veins that are dark or red and cover the back of the legs. Surgery for varicose veins is expensive and not covered by most insurance companies, plus surgery should always be considered only as a last resort. Here’s a look the techniques that can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins as you make your way through the summer season.

  • Cover up. If you don’t plan on getting in water, it is fairly easy to cover spider veins and varicose veins. Very prominent, protruding varicose veins may still be visible in texture, but they will be a lot less noticeable with makeup. There are many body makeup products on the market intended for the stage or covering up scars. Water-based formulas look very natural and you can build up the coverage, even for very dark or red veining. You may apply a primer before the makeup to help the makeup last. Use your fingers to cover the area and use a sponge to give it a natural finish. The most important step is to set the makeup with a powder. This can be a powder with some coverage or a translucent powder that will set the cream product. Either way, you’re locking in the coverage and it has less of a chance fading throughout the day.
  • Look to alternative medicine. There’s no proof that any of these techniques work, but alternative medicine is becoming the answer for many who suffer from spider and varicose veins. Horse chestnut seed extract has been known to improve blood flow, making spider veins and varicose veins appear less intense. What happens with spider veins and varicose veins is blood isn’t flowing well to the heart. Horse chestnut seed extract can be an effective aid, but be sure to check with your doctor before taking any sort of herbal medicine. Some can react to synthetic prescription medicine, so it’s essential to talk to your physician before you begin taking it. Horse chestnut seed extract will most likely have to be taken regularly to keep blood flow consistent.
  • Apply a cream intended for spider veins and varicose veins. Creams formulated specifically for spider veins and varicose veins can drastically reduce their appearance. These creams will not permanently heal the veins, but they will reduce the redness, dark coloring and blotchy skin that sometimes surround the veins. A combination of the cream plus makeup is a great way to subdue the look of veins and ensure you’re doing all you can to keep their appearance at bay. Creams should be applied as directed. Most will be applied once or twice per day. With repeated use, a cream can smooth the skin and soften the appearance of veins.