I’m thinking of having sclerotherapy to treat the spider veins on my thighs and legs but do I have to stay out of the sun after treatment? Also I always seem to get swollen legs in the summer or after flying – any tips?
You normally have to wear compression tights for up to three weeks after treatment ,every day, so yes you can go out in the sun as long as you have your compression garments on – and that can be very uncomfortable. Our advice is to wait until the Autumn to have this procedure and in the meantime use a good cover up cream or a fake tan such as Calze Spray On Tights (£16 marksandspencer.com)to disguise leg veins. As for swollen legs, try and eat a clean diet that is low or free from inflammatory foods such as salt and alcohol which can lead to water retention. Foods rich in omega 3 oils such as salmon are a natural anti –inflammatory and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep legs elevated when sitting, don’t sit with crossed legs and soak feet in cool water to depuff ankles. Legology Exfo-Lite Stimulating Salts for Legs (£43 for five sachets. Liberty.co.uk) is a two salt scrub combining sea salt with detoxifying Himalayan pink salts which help stimulate the lymph for deep draining to help contour, lighten and energise legs. Apply to dry skin before a shower or bath.