You’re So Vein

Portrait of a smiling woman relaxing by poolThe warm weather may have most of us are rejoicing, but those of us with unsightly veins on our legs are a little more ambivalent. According to Web MD, there as many as 30-60% American adults with varicose or spider veins. It’s an extremely common problem, but that offers minimal comfort when you’re turning down trips to the pool or spending your vacation hiding behind an oversized beach towel.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available, the most well-known of which is sclerotherapy. Womenshealth.gov describes sclerotherapy as an outpatient procedure in which the doctor injects a liquid chemical into the vein, causing the vein walls to swell, stick together and swell shut. “This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade.”

Other treatment options include compression stockings, which press down on the veins to reduce discomfort while increasing blood flow; surface laser treatments; and for very large varicose veins, surgical ligation, during which the veins are tied shut and removed altogether.

While compression stockings are relatively inexpensive, their efficacy is limited. Laser treatment and sclerotherapy can ultimately cost thousands of dollars, depending on how many sessions are needed. And surgery is often an expensive last resort.

For people who are embarrassed by the appearance of spider or varicose veins but don’t necessarily need to take such drastic measures, the right concealer is the perfect solution! Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides veins and other skin imperfections on the legs (and everywhere else on the body), and it’s completely waterproof.

There is no need to worry about “sweating off” your concealer, and with a little Smart Cover, you can even enjoy a swim. Your Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready to take it off. So get out there and enjoy the warm weather. You’ve got Smart Cover!

All About the Legs

Smaller Photo Legs“The legs are the last to go!”

Women over a certain age may choose to dress more modestly than they did in their twenties, but gravity does tend to be kinder to the legs than other areas.  Long after you’ve set aside crop tops and the like, you can still look as fabulous as ever in a cocktail dress and high heels. A great pair of legs never goes out of style.

As long as your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can combine moderate cardiovascular exercise with some simple strength training moves to keep your legs looking fit and feeling great.

Prevention’s Fitness Editor, Jenna Bergen Southerland, provides easy to follow instructions for exercises that you can do right at home, including everyone’s favorite: SQUATS!

“Stand with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and your toes turned out slightly.

“Extend your arms forward and keep them parallel to the floor throughout the movement.

“Bend your knees and reach your hips back as if to fully sit down on the chair.

“Lower your hips until you feel the chair underneath you, but don’t fully sit.

“Touch the chair with your butt, then immediately press into your heels and stand back up to the starting position.

“That’s one repetition. Aim to complete 10 to 15 reps.”

For more exercises designed for women over 50, log onto Prevention.com.

Now that your muscles are toned and you’re ready to rock those shorts and dresses, all you need is a little Smart Cover Concealing Crème to hide any veins and bruises your legs may have. It’s waterproof, so don’t be afraid to take a dip in the pool if you’re so inclined!

You are beautiful now and always, so put your best foot…er, leg forward!