There is a saying that as hemlines rise so does the stock market. If that is truly the case then we are in a great position to cash in on the market, as skirts are indeed getting shorter this season.
While for men this may be a cause of celebration, for many women this news is a reason for some concern. Shorter skirts mean that more of the leg is visible. And while we women are seldom satisfied with our bodies, more women voice dissatisfaction with their legs than any other part of the body.
Varicose veins and spider veins are two problems that can plague our legs as we get older. Over 50% of women and 40% of men over the age of 50 complain of vein problems. The legs are susceptible to these vein problems because they work very hard pumping oxygen-poor blood back up to the heart while the arteries pump blood rich in oxygen from the heart to other parts of the body.
Without getting too technical, there are flaps in the veins that keep the blood from flowing backwards as it makes its way toward the heart. These valves tend to weaken as we get older causing the blood to pool in the veins. This pooled blood causes the veins to enlarge and become what we know as varicose veins.
Varicose veins look thick and rope-like. They cause the skin to protrude and look blue, purple or flesh-colored. They can hurt and over time, do pose some health concern, but they tend to look much worse than they feel. They are certainly the more serious of the two conditions.
Spider veins are thin web-like veins that appear much smaller than varicose veins. They may be purple or blue and unlike varicose veins are thin and may spread across a wider area.
Both spider veins and varicose veins can show when we wear short skirts. We can camouflage them by wearing tights and colored or opaque stockings. But they are likely to show in the more sheer stockings that are a fashion staple of the season.
For that reason many of us are turning to surgical solutions to help with the problem of varicose and spider veins. Some of the surgical solutions are more invasive than others. Most can be performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. They vary in effectiveness and long term results and, of course, price.
While these surgeries for the most part, are safe, there is some risk associated with any surgery. If you decide that surgery is not for you, there are also very effective cosmetic solutions available today, especially for the treatment of spider veins.
One of the most effective ingredients in use is Vitamin K which tends to make the skin thicker. This makes spider veins less noticeable and reduces the swelling. Another useful ingredient that may be of help in treating or at least masking spider and varicose veins is Horse chestnut seed.
These ingredients can be combined in a cream and applied to the skin, once or twice a day. The skin responds quickly and most users will see some results in a week or less, with optimum effectiveness occcurring over time.