Leg Makeup for Spider Veins

When you have spider veins, it is natural to look for ways to hide them. Except from wearing clothes that can cover your spider veins, there are also other ways that can help. For example, you can try leg makeup for spider veins. Let's find out more about how to do it.

How to Hide Spider Veins

1. Try Special Leg Makeup

You can easily find special leg makeup to conceal your spider veins. Alternatively, you can also use face makeup that is long lasting and thick enough to cover your veins. Special concealing foundation makeup really works when you have large spider veins to cover. You can find this type of cover-up in specialty makeup stores. When using it, be sure to mix it well with body lotion first for better absorption. Moreover, opt for makeup that suits your skin tone or else it will be clear that you are wearing something on your legs. Here is a video which give you suggestions on how to cover spider veins.

2. Wear Long Skirts

When you do not want to spend time doing some leg makeup for spider veins, you can simply consider wearing long skirts. The idea works great if you have spider veins in the thighs or above the knee. Look for skirts that are form-fitting and stay in place. You can even go with shorter skirts depending on the location of your spider veins, and you can always make adjustments by pairing up your skirts with high boots or stockings.

3. Try Special Compression Stockings

Using compression stockings is also a great idea because it not just helps cover up your spider veins but also plays a role in minimizing the appearance of those veins over time. Look for stockings that are in accordance with your skin tone or else your spider veins will become more noticeable. Black stockings usually work fine for everyone.

4. Opt for a Spray-On Tan

You can always opt for a spray-on tan in the summer to hide your spider veins. It works great because it creates a natural appearance and you can always adjust its intensity considering your spider veins and skin imperfections. You can also try tanning creams and gels, but you are going to get better results from spray tans because they offer better cover-up.

5. Reduce Swelling

Taking steps to reduce the swelling of the veins may also help make them look less noticeable. For this purpose, ensure you are on a low-sodium diet. Include lots of veggies and fruits in your diet. Applying witch hazel on your veins can also help. Similarly, yarrow, lavender, and horse chestnuts may also work. 

How to Treat Spider Veins

Wearing leg makeup for spider veins is a great fix but you can always try other ways to treat your spider veins and keep yourself from wearing leg makeup.

1. Lifestyle Changes

It is important to make certain lifestyle changes when you notice spider veins on your legs. Taking the following steps helps reduce the appearance of spider veins and keep them from getting worse.

  • Do not sit or stand for long periods. Take short breaks regularly. Whenever sitting, never cross your legs. Try to keep your leg raised when resting, sitting or sleeping. It is even better to raise your legs above the heart level for some time.
  • Stay active and engage in physical activities that let you move your legs. This improves muscle tone and promotes blood circulation as well.
  • Try losing some weight if you are obese or overweight. This promotes blood circulation to the legs and reduces pressure on the veins.
  • Do not wear tight clothes, especially if they are very tight around your groin, waist, and legs. They can affect blood circulation and make your varicose veins even worse.
  • Do not wear high heels for long periods. Try lower-heeled shoes because they tone calf muscles and improve blood circulation as well.

2. Medical Treatment

When you don't want to use leg makeup for spider veins, you may consider trying some medical treatments. Keep in mind that spider veins are usually harmless, so you really do not need to look for medical treatments. However, you may consider talking to your doctor if you have burning, aching, or pain due to those veins, especially when you have to stand for longer periods. Here are some of the most common treatment options available for spider veins.

  • Sclerotherapy: The procedure involves injecting the veins with a solution that closes the affected veins and helps the blood pass through healthier veins. You usually see results in a few weeks after the first treatment, but sometimes you have to inject the same vein more than once. The procedure does not require anesthesia, but it may have certain side effects, such as itching, swelling, and skin color changes in the affected area.
  • Laser Surgery: The procedure involves sending strong bursts of laser light into the vein to help it fade and disappear. No needles or incisions are used in this procedure, but it is less effective as compared to sclerotherapy, especially for larger veins. The most common side effects of laser surgery are bruising, redness, swelling, itching, and permanent skin tone changes.
  • Endovenous Ablation Therapy: The procedure involves using radio waves or lasers to create enough heat to close off a vein. For this, your doctor makes a cut in your skin close to your spider vein and inserts a tube (catheter) into the vein. There is a device at the tip of the catheter that heats up the inside of the vein to close it off. Your doctor will only numb the affected area and you will be awake throughout the procedure. You can go home soon after the procedure is done.