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Mask Your Veins continued...

In the meantime, there's plenty you can do at home to minimize the look of prominent veins — and to help prevent new ones from forming:

Stretch

Stuck in line? Stand on the balls of your feet and contract your calves to keep blood moving, says Pamela Peeke, M.D., author of Body for Life for Women.

Pop a Baby Aspirin

One a day thins blood and improves its flow, taking stress off veins — but ask your doctor first, says Thomas F. O'Donnell, M.D., director of the Venous Center at TuftsNew England Medical Center.

Don't Cross Your Legs

It cuts off blood circulation, says Dr. Peeke.

Cover Up with Makeup

The right heavyduty concealer (one designed for the body, not the face) can really disguise spider veins. Go for a longwearing, waterresistant formula like Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Crème ($18, dermablend.com).

Get a Glow

A selftanner's allover color will reduce contrast on your legs, so discolorations are less noticeable.

Consider Creams Carefully

Don't expect an overthecounter potion to completely erase veins, says Paul M. Friedman, M.D., a dermatologist and director of the DermSurgery Laser Center in Houston. Only medical treatments can produce those results. But some creams can improve the appearance of capillaries. One new product that seems to show promise: Avon Anew Clinical Spider Vein Therapy SPF 15 ($25, avon.com). In a companysponsored test, women who'd used the product for eight weeks prior noticed up to a 50 percent reduction in the appearance of their spider veins.

Originally published on May 1, 2007

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