Varicose veins are not just unsightly. They're also dangerous.
Treating them is not solely for vanity's sake because they can lead to these medical conditions:
- Hyperpigmentation or the "excess blood leaking into the tissues of the leg"
- Lipodermosclerosis, which is stiffening or hardening of the leg tissues
- Venous Leg Ulcer, where an area of the skin breaks down, revealing the flesh underneath
- Superficial Thrombophlebitis or inflammation of veins
- Deep Vein Thrombosis, which is known as a "pulling sensation in the legs, stemming from a blood clot," and could be life-threatening.
Hence, if you have to wear high heels or stand up for a long period of time, remember that you are making it extra harder for the valves in your legs to push blood back to the heart.
Wearing out these valves can result in back flow and pooling of blood, causing the veins to bulge.
Other known factors of varicose veins: Age, genes, weight, and even diet (special mention: too much salt).
While some products claim they can help minimize their appearance, and that sclerotherapy can help collapse the blood vessels, the least expensive yet most effective way of giving your legs some TLC is by simply elevating them.
You’ll need to raise your legs above your heart for about 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
If you can allot an hour for running, and at least four hours for social media, it shouldn't be difficult to give your legs the 30-minute break they deserve.