Spider veins are enlarged veins that are often red or blue in color. They get their name from their resemblance to a spider web, and typically appear on the legs and face. Varicose veins are a similar condition, but appear larger in size.
This vein condition is caused by hormone changes that come with age, exposure to the sun, and injuries. As many as 50% of women and 45% of men in the US have some kind of vein problem, so if you have noticed spider veins, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
You can’t always prevent spider veins, but here are some useful tips for helping to reduce the likelihood that you will get them:
- Exercise regularly. This helps with your leg strength, blood circulation, and vein health. Since spider veins occur most often in the legs, running and walking are especially good.
- Wear sunscreen. One cause of spider veins is excessive sun exposure, so wearing sunscreen protects your veins from harmful UV rays.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Too much salt intake increases the chances of acquiring spider veins, and being overweight exerts unhealthy pressure on your leg veins.
- Elevate your legs. When you’re sitting down to watch TV, read a book, or just relax, prop up your legs to ease the pressure on your leg veins.
If you’re suffering from spider veins and need treatment, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.
October is here, and that means the cold weather has arrived (or for Austinites, that cold weather is on its way). Our skin faces several challenges posed by the seasonal change:
- Humidity outside drops, causing a decrease in skin’s moisture
- Indoor heating also zaps skin’s moisture
- Skin can get itchy and scaly
- Oxygen starvation in body and skin occurs due to lack of physical activity.
Never fear! It’s still possible to have glowing skin during the winter months, especially at all of those holiday parties! It all starts with changing your daily routine:
- When washing your face and body, avoid using hot water, as this strips the skin of needed moisture. Stick to tepid water as much as possible.
- Try switching to an emollient cleanser to further answer your skin’s dryness.
- If you use a moisturizing lotion, switch to a thicker, creamier version.
- Although tempting, don’t neglect to wear sunscreen. Your skin is still vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays in the fall and winter.
- Exfoliate regularly to slough away dead skin cells and accelerate turnover
In addition to topical skin care, it’s wise to increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums contain high concentrations of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that ravage your skin. Broccoli, carrots, and spinach are all rich in Vitamin A, which fights the signs of aging.
On top of taking care of your skin, it’s also important to take care of the rest of your body through daily exercise. Getting your blood flowing will increase oxygen levels—oxygen that your skin needs to stay healthy and supple.
Finally, schedule an appointment today for a skincare consultation. Let our skilled aestheticians conduct a personal skin analysis to reveal the right treatments for you, then enjoy a luxurious and tailored spa experience as you usher in the holiday season.