How to Mask the Sight of Varicose Veins

Published: 25th May 2012
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Varicose veins affect approximately 25-30% of women, and men to a lesser degree. They appear on the legs and feet as swollen, unattractive layers of knotted veins. The veins lie within the superficial layer of the skin. Varicose veins are disturbing for many people suffering with the condition, and are known to contribute to feelings of depression and poor body image. In addition to looking unsightly, varicose veins may cause pain, and itching for some.

Persons who suffer from this condition may want immediate, simple solutions that will mask the problem in a non- invasive, cosmetic way.

Cosmetic Applications to Mask the Sight of Varicose Veins

1: Concealer/Camouflage Cream
You can apply a cosmetic concealer to your legs to camouflage the look of uneven contours, and give your legs the appearance of a smooth, even tone.

There are special camouflage creams on the market created specifically for hiding rough, blemished skin. A notable brand is Keromask, previously available as a prescription-only medical cream, is available in department stores in Britain and the United States. The texture of the cream is not thick or heavy; instead it is surprisingly light, looks natural, and is effective in providing full coverage.

Other similar camouflage creams are available that are quite natural looking and suitable for conditions such as: scars, vitiligo, rosacea, acne, and eczema.

A cream or foundation is a favourite among users for several reasons:
It can be used on any part of the body
It is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin and lasts all day
It can be applied at home in minutes and its coverage acts as a sun block, outdoors
It is available in a wide selection of shades for the perfect match and camouflage

Varicose veins do not respond well to those topical ointments, lotions and creams that claim to treat the condition. The very nature of this disorder makes it highly unlikely for veins (with a valve fault) to disappear with cream only.

2: Compression Stockings
These are superb for holding in swollen veins and are usually the first treatment of choice by health providers. Compression hoses or stockings may relieve some of the symptoms associated with the condition, such as heaviness, pain, swelling, and itching.

The stocking works by moving blood more efficiently through the leg and can reduce the risk of developing blood clots from sitting or standing for long hours.

Designed scientifically to compress special areas of the leg, the stockings provide a tighter grip around the ankles, and then gradually becomes lighter, less pressured further up the leg. What this does is to feed blood flow though the veins towards the heart, reducing backflow of blood and pooling in the veins.

Over the counter hose are offered in stores at a lower level of strength and at various prices. They usually offer less compression levels than prescription options.

Varicose veins are believed by scientists to run in families; therefore some people are more predisposed to developing the condition than others. Risk factors to developing the condition are obesity, pregnancy, and job conditions. Camouflage creams and compressed stockings can help you. They are designed to provide the support you deserve, both emotionally and physically.

Nigel Le Monnier has over 20 years-experience as a qualified natural health professional in the UK. He is well known for giving intuitive and expert advice to people regarding natural approaches to correcting a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Nigel is now writing articles for a website solely devoted to bringing a comprehensive range of natural health advice to everyone. To find out more about natural remedies for varicose veins visit his website at Natural Health 4 Life.

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