Modern times have brought many changes, and beauty standards have changed as well. What used to be considered modern and beautiful before, now has become old-fashioned and imperfect. We constantly strive towards reaching a perfection in physical appearance which means striving towards having a lovely body and skin without any flaw. However, to have such a nice physical appearance it is not enough just to wish it, you will have to work on building such appearance through leading a healthy way of life and regular exercising. Cosmetics and beauty cremes and all the makeup of the world will not help us reach the perfection if we do not take care of what we eat, how we live and if we are not enough physically active.
Leading a healthy way of life will help you reach your beauty standards better than any cosmetics, and it will help you avoid many complications and even slow down some symptoms of the aging process such as wrinkles and varicose veins and make your skin appear much younger. Varicose veins are among the most common problems of the old age and leading a healthy life has proved to be an efficient way of fighting against them, although they sometimes may appear as the result of some other factors.
What Are Varicose Veins and What Causes Them?
Varicose veins are large, and swollen, raised blood vessels that appear dark purple or blue in color. They develop when veins are not functioning properly and when the faulty valves in veins allow the blood to flow in the wrong pool or direction and accumulate there. This usually occurs in the veins that are the farthest from your heart such are those in your lower legs where the gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow normally upward. Then the veins become enlarged and twisted, and they can be seen through the skin. As for what causes varicose veins in legs, there is a number of different factors that can predispose a person to varicose veins at any age. Some of them are a family history of varicose veins, problems with overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, occupations that involve standing for a long time such as teachers, nurses, hair stylists, factory workers, etc. Other factors are hormonal changes such are those that occur during pregnancy or after menopause, and puberty, the use of various birth control pills, various injuries to the skin, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, and many other. Although varicose veins develop more often in women, especially those over 50, it is not unusual that men suffer from this problem too, and that it can occur in a person of any age, depending on a number of factors that have been mentioned above.
Symptoms and Treatments
Although in many cases, varicose veins do not cause any pain, sometimes a person may feel an unpleasant itching in legs, or a heavy feeling especially during the night or after exercise. There may be cramping in legs and burning, tingling, and even a pain after long periods of standing, etc. But, regardless of these symptoms, varicose veins can be successfully treated by leading a healthy way of life, using various prescription cremes, compression stockings or undergoing laser surgery.