What Makes Veins Appear Blue?
Look down at your hands and seek out some visible veins. You’ll notice that they are blue in color, but why? When it comes to your circulatory system, there are always two things that are certain: your blood is red, yet yourveins appear blue underneath the skin, not red. For most folks, these are just the facts of life, but for those that are inquisitive, the stark contrast in color can be alarming and very confusing. Well, fear not! Today we’re here to uncover the mystery.
- Light Absorption – Remember that light spectrum you learned about way back when in grade school? Something about how each color had its own light wavelength? Well, when light penetrates your skin deep down to the veins, only blue light is reflected, absorbing all other colors. This explains why the color blue is so striking when examining your veins.
- Deoxygenated Blood – When blood is depleted of its oxygen, it appears darker in color, almost brown. The superficial veins that you can see through the skin mostly carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart in order for it to recharge and circulate new, oxygen-rich blood back to your organs. When blood hits the oxygen-filled air, it becomes bright red, which is another reason the blue/red contrast is so heavy.
- Color Perception – Your brain will naturally compare the dark tones that have been absorbed into your blood vessels to the warmer tones that have been reflected off your skin. This makes them appear even more blue than they really are, based on your perception of color.
Are there any bright blue veins visible on your legs that you’d rather do without? If so,Island Vein Specialists has everything you need to create a personalized plan to get your vascular health under control.
3 Dieting Secrets for Varicose Vein Relief
When it comes to preventing varicose veins, the statement “you are what you eat” has never been more true! The diet that you keep can have a very significant affect on your ability to maintain varicose vein-free legs. Fortunately enough, we know the secret to eating your way to good vascular health, and we’re willing to share it with you!
- Keep your net calorie count low. The golden rule of dieting is to regulate your calorie intake, but don’t forget to account for exercise as well. Remember that If you’re eating 2,500 calories a day, but burning 500, your net count will only be 2,000. Balancing fitness with a healthy diet can help you lower your total calorie count, which helps burn fat and relieve pressure in your legs.
- Get your daily dose of vitamin C. Not only does vitamin C help boost your immune system and keep you feeling fabulous, but it promotes collagen and elastin creation which help you look great as well! When your body is producing these at a consistent rate, it helps keep your skin and veins strong, and tight. Vitamin C is also known for it’s ability to boost circulation, and it’s effects are maximized when consumed in conjunction with vitamin E.
- Balance fibrous foods with hydration. Maintaining a diet that’s high in fiber is important, as soluble fibers help to keep your digestive system running smoothly. This means you’ll be able to make easier bowel movements, and avoid straining which puts pressure on your veins. However, in order for fibrous foods to do their job, you must also make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. Failing to do so can have an adverse effect on your digestive tract.
Do you have any good dieting tips for preventing varicose veins? Or maybe you’ve got some varicose veins already that you’d like to part with. Either way, Dr. Gallagher and the team here atIsland Vein Specialists would love to hear from you!
Which Compression Stockings Are Right For You?
Besides eating healthy and exercising,compression stockings are your first line of defense against varicose and spider veins. If you feel that purchasing a pair would benefit you, read on to find out how to make your selection.
If your occupation limits your daily mobility, mild support is perfect for relieving tired and achy leg pain, and preventing leg fatigue from long periods of standing or sitting. It’s also effective in minimizing minor swelling in the feet, ankles and legs, and can help prevent varicose and spider vein formation during pregnancy. Overall, this support level will help keep your legs healthy and energized.
Have you already developed minor varicose and spider veins? Medium support stockings can help provide relief from pain. They can also help prevent more varicose and spider veins from forming, especially during pregnancy. Just like mild, medium support stockings reduce fatigue, swelling and aching, but on a larger scale. They’re often used post-sclerotherapy, and are the ideal choice to prevent DVT, especially when traveling.
If you’re experiencing extreme pain from varicose veins, especially during pregnancy, firm compression is your best option. These are used post-sclerotherapy, and post-surgical vein treatment as well. They help treat edema, and help manage leg ulcers and DVT. In addition, firm compression can help manage orthostatic hypotension — a condition where blood pressure drops significantly upon standing.
Still not sure which compression stocking is right for your needs? VisitIsland Vein Specialists and have Dr. Gallagher help you decide.
Top Tips for Exfoliating Your Legs
While vein-free legs are our specialty, protecting your vascular health isn’t the only thing you need to do to have gorgeous legs this summer. Exfoliating regularly can help remove dead skin cells, preventing ingrown hairs and fostering a smooth, even appearance. If you’re looking for some tips on how to exfoliate your legs to the best of your ability, you’ve come to the right place!
Exfoliate Weekly – As a general rule, try not to exfoliate more than once a week. Exfoliating too often will have an adverse effect and can actually cause your skin to become brittle and dry.
Create a Scrub – While you might be tempted to purchase a scrub from your local grocery or beauty store, we suggest creating your own instead.This simple DIY scrub combines coffee, coconut oil, and a bit or salt or sugar to help exfoliate and eliminate cellulite in the process.
Wash First – Before you start scrubbing, make sure you give your legs their normal soaping first. Exposing your legs to warm water first is the best way to begin exfoliating.
Shave After – Shaving your legs can irritate the skin, making it more difficult to scrub them after the fact. If your weekly exfoliating day falls on a shaving day, make sure you exfoliate first, shave later. Doing so afterwards will also help you get a closer shave.
Apply Moisturizer – After all is said and done and you’ve patted your silky smooth legs dry, don’t forget to moisturize! If you really want to go the extra mile, consider applying coconut oil instead.
And remember, if you’re interested in learning more about howIsland Vein Specialists can help you put the finishing touches on your summer legs, we’re only a phone call away! Dr. John Gallagher and his team offer personalized vein treatment procedures to patients across Long Island and the surrounding areas.