Every woman has her favorite parts of her body. But if you’re like most females then there are probably also some areas that you’re less enthusiastic about, such as your legs. If you’re self-conscious about this part of your body, it could be because of a few problems you experience with them. Here are some very common leg hang ups that most women have, including varicose veins, and what you can do about them. Make this the year that you finally love your legs!
One of the main problems that women have to deal with is all the body hair that grows on the legs. Many females prefer to completely remove this hair, but you shouldn’t feel pressured into removing it if you don’t want to do so.
There are many ways you can tackle leg hair, including shaving and waxing the skin. But for longer-lasting removal, you might be better off investing in an epilator to remove the strands at their roots for longer-lasting hair removal.
With aging comes the development of varicose veins on the backs of many women’s legs. Varicose veins can be unsightly, and most women try to keep them covered with pants or stockings.
You will probably hear lots of old wives’ tales about what causes these spider veins. In reality, the cause could be chronic venous disease or CVD. And sitting down for too long can intensify the discomfort, as can standing for long periods for other people.
If your leg aches, see your doctor to get long-term solutions for the underlying cause of it. Also know there are professionals who specialize in varicose vein treatment for those unsightly veins.
More Leg Hang Ups: Cellulite
Another condition that often becomes more visible the older you get is cellulite. It looks like crinkled skin. There are several ways to try and keep this condition at bay. Some women, for example, brush their legs with a loofah sponge while in the shower to help the fat spread evenly.
Also, cut down on smoking and alcohol to help reduce cellulite. Some women also claim that increasing their amount of weekly exercise can give the skin a smoother appearance.
Do your legs look less toned to you than they once did? Don’t worry, there are lots of quick solutions. And most of those quick fixes are exercises and stretches. For example, you might do some stretches and body toning workouts like yoga and Pilates. These activities work the muscles to help shape the legs so that they look much slimmer and sleeker.
Plenty of gyms hold exercise classes that you might want to sign up for, after you get your doctor’s approval to change up your workout routine. Alternatively, look online for exercise classes, such as the ones from Blogilates. YouTube also has a lot of fitness videos.
In conclusion, it’s important to love the legs you’ve been given. After all, they are yours for life! Thankfully, all of the great tips and tricks above can help you lose your leg hang ups for good.
24 thoughts on “Learn to Love Your Legs – Finally!”
I had always heard that there was a genetic component to varicose veins, that it ran in families. Does anyone know if this is true?
Good question Amy and the research does predominantly point toward verbose veins having a genetic component. I’m linking one of the studies here and thank you for bringing up the heredity factor! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22308533
I have many problems, but with all the walking I do, legs is not one. :D Have a great week ahead, Christy, and big hugs!
I used to love my legs, but these days I have eczema on them and it drives me nuts! I have to constantly keep them covered, its such a shame as I love wearing short trousers.
Hi Nell, what an unexpected – and lovely – surprise to see you here! I hope that the eczema flareup goes away soon so you can show off those beautiful legs of yours :)
I’ve had varicose veins for years. About ten years ago, I had them treated with saline injections which lasted for just a short while. I went back for maintenance treatments for a couple of years, but the cost just wasn’t worth the results for me. It is very expensive and isn’t covered by insurance. They have come back with a vengeance and I’ve started using a bruise cream to treat the areas around the veins that have leaked and spread like dark bruises. So far I’m noticing a big difference but it’s going to take some time. It doesn’t, however, do anything for the veins themselves.
Hi Michelle, I hope you know that none of this takes away from your lovely spirit ~ and that what’s inside of us is waaaaay more important than whether we have varicose veins of not :) <3
Thank you, Christie. They do bother me and it’s nice to have a reminder that they’re not important. Hugs, dear friend.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) has been my issue for me for several years. The doctor prescribed Ropinirole, which has helped a lot. I can now sleep all night without “busy legs” waking me up. As for how my legs look I am fine with them due to exercise and keeping my weight down.
Good article, Christy.
Insightful post, Christy. Was not aware that beauty clinics can provide treatment for varicose veins. My mom’s friend has this and she has a lot of pain when she stands for long hours. Will check out for her in our area. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Christy, those are truly helpful tips and sure enough, a woman’s legs should be part of her treasured aesthetics.
Know what? A lot of my friends and I see the hair on the legs and hands of women as very sexy!
I nominated you for the Liebster Award & Blue Sky tag Award
I watched “Embrace” on Netflix the other day. It’s a documentary all about body image – definitely worth watching.
“shouldn’t feel pressured into removing it if you don’t want to” – soooo refreshing to read this. On the topic of varicose veins and their causes, one of the causes I have “heard” over the years is, crossing your legs. Not sure if it true or not or one of those “old wives tales”. Everyone should learn to understand and appreciate what they have been naturally provided with and manage it in a way that feels right for them as an individual person.
Wonderful comment about feeling content in one’s own skin! :)
I guess, as with most, if not all things in life, it about making the best of, working with what you have been given, provided with.
It’s true, indeed.
Oh gosh I hate my legs haha they are so pasty and white! I do tan them but time is limited haha
Again helpful tips from you 😊
While I used to be more critical of my body when I was younger, I know now that we should love the body we are given. When I start to do that critical-eye thing, I stop and thank my legs for being strong and carrying me around faithfully all my life. Wow, the miles they’ve logged and the places they have taken me. They are good and faithful friends! I also think of those who have lost their legs or ability to walk– they would gladly accept mine– veins, cellulite and all. It helps to count my blessings.
I actually like my legs! They look good if I swim and although the veins thing is happening I happen to think we should give ourselves a break as we age!
Yes we wouldn’t hold other people up to our own strict standards of ourselves, right?! I am so glad you’re loving your legs, Mary
They’re good legs! :-) you’ve take your body pleasure where you can!