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How to Hide Varicose Veins

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: July 24, 2017
How to Hide Varicose Veins

You can hide and reduce the appearance of varicose veins with different beauty products you may already have in your beauty regimen. This is if you have been unfortunate enough that you were unable to prevent them in the first place. Hiding varicose veins with long clothes is possible, but not always practical. Particularly common in women over 50, many feel like hiding varicose veins gives them more confidence when stepping outside. In warmer weather when exposed clothing is more comfortable, concealing varicose veins means you can show off your legs without being self-conscious. oneHOWTO shows you how to hide varicose veins with only a few inexpensive and readily available products.

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The best trick to concealing varicose veins is to camouflage them with body makeup. It is an almost 100% effective method which has become a revolution. You shouldn't use just any make-up. If you use a cheap foundation, you may end up layering it onto the varicose veins and attracting more of the wrong kind of attention. Another reason not to use cheap makeup here is that it can stain your clothing or furniture. There are foundations specifically designed for correcting and concealing skin imperfections like varicose veins, scars, stretch marks, blemishes, etc., without staining. These give you a natural, long-lasting coverage and a bright appearance that will make your legs look beautiful and clear. Choose makeups that are waterproof, especially for summer days, and find the tone that best suits your skin color. You can find these products in pharmacies. A good concealer from a reputable company like Mac cosmetics will be ideal for covering up varicose veins, even if it costs a little extra.

How to Hide Varicose Veins - Step 1

Varicose veins don't come in different types. The difference between varicose veins lies in the stages at which they have developed. As a varicose vein is a vein which has become enlarged or twisted, the extent to which it has grown or moved varies. Sometimes this can show itself in something called spider veins where the same thing happens to smaller blood vessels. Veins and blood vessels which have become engorged to a large extent will be harder to hide. Varicose veins also come in different colors depending on their severity. Spider veins tend to be red whereas larger varicose veins may be blue or even yellow.

If you cannot afford expensive concealers to hide varicose veins as mentioned before, we have other options. This cheaper, although perhaps less-effective, method of concealing is to make your own at home. To make this homemade varicose veins concealer, just mix some bronzing powder with your normal body moisturizer. You'll end up with a moisturizer that is the perfect color to apply to blue or yellow varicose veins.

How to Hide Varicose Veins - Step 2

Self-tanning lotions are another good option to hide varicose veins and give skin a nice colour at any time of the year. In the supermarket you can find self-tanners with moisturising components, ideal for keeping your legs soft and spectacular-looking. Above all, be careful in the application, spread the product well to avoid an artificial-looking finish. You will need to be careful as you cannot simply cover the areas with varicose veins in self-tanning lotion alone. If you do this you will end up with darker patches which might also look incongruent. Use the self-tanning lotion on varicose veins or spider veins and blend it in with the rest of your look.

How to Hide Varicose Veins - Step 3

So far we have discussed concealers and tanning lotions to hide varicose veins, but there is another way which can allow you to wear more revealing clothing without having to worry about stains. In most cases, using so-called compression stockings is recommended to treat varicose veins, improve circulation in the legs and relieve discomfort. The compression stockings you might be given by a doctor to hide varicose veins might not be the most stylish or suitable for your look. As the range of tights and hosiery has become more extensive, you can find darker or thicker stockings which look and feel better. Choose ones which will match your skin color and you are golden (sometimes literally). You will be able to wear many different styles of shorts and skirts without having to worry about varicose veins.

How to Hide Varicose Veins - Step 4

Our last piece of advice on how to hide varicose veins is to use an aloe vera infused concealer. This will act similarly to the other concealers discussed in this article, but will also help to reduce the effects varicose veins naturally have. You can add some aloe vera to a good concealer if you can't find one in the store. If you also add a little apple cider vinegar to this serum, you may have even more luck in concealing them. Coconut oil massages can also benefit your varicose veins.

The severity of your varicose veins will affect how you hide them. As always, if you see them being to appear, you need to see a doctor for advice on how to best prevent them getting any worse or to see if there are any underlying issues which need treatment.

How to Hide Varicose Veins - Step 5

Though varicose veins do not disappear completely unless you undergo a surgical procedure, it is possible to reduce inflammation and alleviate the pain they produce. In the article, how to treat varicose veins with home remedies, you will find solutions that will help combat swelling and therefore partially conceal varicose veins.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Marigold is a useful home remedy to cover varicose veins. You'll only need to put them in a frying pan with a bit of butter, let it stand for a day in a cool place and apply on your skin daily.
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JeaƱ thomas
Has my request for sample on varicose veins been accepted I was disconnected before finishing procedures please advise do not want my card being seen by other companies please reply jeaƱ T

Margaret sandilands
Hi whats the best stuff for me to buy to cover up my varicous veins this summer i am milky skinned
Emily Sakzewski (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi Margaret,
Well, if you like the look of tanner skin then we recommend self-tanning lotions or makeup bronzers. However your makeup concealer will also work!
Can you also hide spider veins or you can get rid of it entirely.
OneHowTo Editor
Here are some home remedies that will help you reduce them
Persis Cabziel Dappa
Please am in Nigeria how can I get the coverderm cream.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Peris, This kind of product is sold in pharmacies, if they don't have this brand in your country, they may also have a similar cosmetic product. As mentioned, there are also natural remedies to help you get rid of them if you don't have a pharmacy near you. Hope this works
I have spider veins I want to get of it but don't know how and I'm in Nigeria
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Persis, maybe some of the natural remedies on this article may be useful for you: Hope it works, and let us know about the results!
Regina Suniga
How to hide varicose veins in a simpliest and cheapiest way using make up?
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