Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Getting Rid of Varicose Veins

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.
Varicose veins have actually been a big topic around my house lately. Yes – random, I know.
My husband recently lost 10 pounds and noticed that his varicose veins have become more prominent. His Mom has them too, so he wasn’t too surprised when they developed. I never thought my husband would be self-conscious about anything, but when I got a text from him saying he was meeting with a doctor about having them removed – I knew they bothered him.
In the end, my husband opted against the surgery because the recovery period for him meant no flying for one month weighed against the cost of removal plus the fact that varicose veins can sometimes reappear after surgery. Even though I barely notice them, he is keenly aware and I know that can be tiring.
Interestingly enough varicose veins usually start to appear in your late 20s and early 30s and are more likely to occur in women than men and affects 15% of the population. Generally speaking, it is a cosmetic issue for most people, especially when you’re rocking a pair of shorts or a cocktail dress.
What causes varicose veins? It can range from a number of factors, but common reasons include genetics, age, pregnancy (a change in hormones), weight gain or having a job where you sit all day. Varicose veins are actually damaged valves in the vein itself causing it to become swollen and more prominent.
If you’re opting to try something other than surgery, LivRelief has launched an over-the-counter Varicose Vein Cream ($34.99, 50g) made with natural witch hazel bark (an astringent) to help minimize the look of varicose and spider veins. The properties in the witch hazel works to strengthen the vein and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Horse chestnut has also been added to reduce swelling and pain.
The cream is a non-invasive option that works for both men & women and is free of parabens, sulfates and petrolatum. The cream itself is fast absorbing and odour-free. All it takes is one pump, twice daily for 4-6 weeks. It’s something definitely worth giving a try!
LivRelief Varicose Vein Cream is available over-the-counter at select drug, health and grocery stores across Canada and just launched this past July. To learn more visit: www.livrelief.com

Do you have varicose veins? What methods have you tried to remove them? Did it work?

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