Varicose Veins? Protect Your Skin this Winter
Varicose veins and colder temperatures can cause significant problems for your skin. Increased pressure in the vessels saps valuable nutrients from the skin, while the winter climate can dry skin out and make it more vulnerable to damage. This is the time of year when your legs need extra TLC to keep them looking and feeling their best. PCI Vein Center has the tips you need to keep your skin smooth and silky throughout the winter season.
The right diet is essential to healthy radiant skin. Make sure you are getting plenty of your nutrients from fruits and vegetables this winter. These fresh foods contain high amounts of antioxidants that protect your skin and body from free radical damage. A nutritious, balanced diet also promotes a healthy vascular system, which will keep your veins strong. Drink plenty of water this time of year to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
Get Your Exercise
Exercise throughout the winter months will not only keep your weight in check, but your varicose veins as well. Daily workouts walking, swimming or spending time on the recumbent bike will effectively work your calf muscles, making it easier for your lower leg veins to move blood back up to the heart. At the same time, the increased circulation that is a positive byproduct of exercise will give your skin a healthy glow.
One word of caution: If you suffer from large, painful varicose veins, avoid heavy weight training. This type of exercise puts undue strain on the veins, which could make symptoms worse. Instead, opt for the low-impact options listed above that will get your calf muscles working without adding stress to already over-taxed leg veins.
Moisturize and Support
Dry skin may be inevitable during the winter months, but you can combat that dryness with plenty of hydration and moisturizing. Slather on a rich, creamy lotion after baths and showers while the skin is still damp, to lock that moisture into the skin. Moisturize in the morning and before bed to be sure your skin gets all the help it can during the driest months of the year.
If your varicose veins are causing you pain and discomfort, try slipping on compression stockings after your moisturizing routine. These special socks offer gradient pressure that makes it easier for the leg veins to move blood against gravity back to the heart. The tight stockings are easier to put on after applying lotion to the legs and will keep the moisture in the skin for a longer period of time.
Varicose vein sufferers are at a high risk for a skin condition known as venous stasis dermatitis. Caused by the increased blood pressure in the legs, this condition is characterized by changes to the skin’s texture and tone. If you notice skin around your varicose veins turning brown or beginning to thicken, see your physician as soon as possible. The earlier you treat the problem with topical medications and other remedies, the less likely you will be to develop further complications like venous ulcers.
Eliminate Varicose Veins
While you are babying your skin this winter, consider a non-surgical treatment to eliminate unsightly, uncomfortable varicose veins for good. At PCI Vein Center, we offer the latest in varicose vein treatments, using state-of-the-art technology that promises excellent results without discomfort or downtime. Schedule your vein treatment now and your legs will be vein-free by the time spring break rolls around. To learn more about your options in vein treatments, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.