Solutions for the 3 Biggest Reasons Your Legs Embarrass You

Keep your stems looking silky smooth with these savvy skin solutionsBy Woman's Day Staff

Break out the skirts and shorts! These simple, no-surgery strategies will minimize cellulite, veins and more. Photo by Corbis

If you have…

VARICOSE VEINS
Raised blue, red or flesh-colored lines


The cause
A valve in the vein weakens and blood pools. You can thank aging and genetics.

The fix
Put your feet up-whether you're sitting on the couch or at your desk. It will lessen the pressure on these veins and alleviate the often painful throbbing sensation that accompanies it. Also try eating a low-salt diet to lessen swelling, and avoid wearing high heels, which can prevent your calf muscles from pumping blood properly.

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CELLULITE
Lumpy textured skin on buttocks, hips or thighs

The cause
Clumps of superficial fat push out against skin, regardless of your shape or size.

The fix
Though there's no cure-all, creams formulated to tone skin or that contain the metabolism-boosting ingredient carnitine can help. Try NiveaSkin Firming Cellulite Gel-Cream with Q10, $16.94 for pack of 2; Amazon.com.

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SPIDER VEINS
Clusters of tiny red and blue veins near the skin's surface


The cause
They can form due to aging, exposure to the sun, simple genetics or when estrogen levels are high (think pregnancy).

The fix
You may not be able to stop them from appearing, but you can prevent them from spreading. Avoid crossing your legs. And wear support stockings if you need to sit or stand for long periods of time. This will increase blood flow and relieve the pressure on these delicate veins.

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