Are your legs ready for summer?

22nd June 2018 by Daryll Baker0

The summer is here and so are the shorts, t-shirts and sandals. As you ditch the jeans and jumpers and turn to your summer wardrobe, ask yourself, are your legs in tiptop condition for the summer?

Follow these few simple steps to help improve the condition and look of your legs for the summer months ahead.

Shape up

It’s not too late to get in better shape for the summer. Exercising and being more active is the best way to achieve more toned, shapely legs. Running is a great exercise to help lose weight and tone the legs. If running isn’t your thing, cycling is another good form of exercise for the legs. Even walking at a brisk pace will get those calf and thigh muscles working and shaping up for the summer.

Get glowing

There’s nothing quite like healthy glowing skin to help us look at our best in the summer. The good news is that it doesn’t take hours of sunbathing on a beach or umpteen sessions on a sunbed to get the ‘summer glow’.

Start by exfoliating your skin and brushing off dead skin cells, particularly around the joint areas like the knees and ankles. Remove any unwanted hair from your legs and then hydrate your skin with a luxury body lotion. Reach for the fake tan and rub it evenly on your legs for that healthy glow that’s synonymous with this time of year.

Get varicose veins treated

Varicose veins is an unwelcome condition which will do little to show your legs at their optimum glory this summer. This common vascular condition is caused by the walls of the veins weakening and not working efficiently. The weakening of the vein walls causes blood to pool in specific areas, resulting in the surface of the skin bulging.

If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to further conditions, such as phlebitis, eczema and even leg ulcers. Exercising, avoiding standing for lengthy periods and elevating the legs in the air, can help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins.

However, if you are serious about eliminating this unsightly leg condition, you may want to opt for more invasive forms of surgery, such as surgical treatment, endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation.

If you would like to discuss the different options for treating varicose veins and improving the condition of your legs, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in treating varicose veins and other vascular conditions.

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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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