Friday, April 11, 2014

Beauty Myths: Crossing Your Legs

Hey guys! For this edition of my Beauty Myths series I'd like to address something that's been going around forever. When one person said that crossing your legs gives you varicose veins, or spider veins, it went viral. Now women everywhere are making an effort not to cross their legs. But is this true?
Let's start off by talking a little about varicose veins. These are the large veins that you see all the time on the backs of older people's legs. They're generally blue or purple in color, and they're so unattractive that many women refuse to wear shorts or even be seen in a swimsuit! Veins in your body are full of valves that move blood throughout your body in the right direction. As you age, these valves may not work as well as they used to, causing the blood to stay in the vein rather than moving through. This makes the vein swell up and become more noticeable. Over half of the women in the U.S. are affected by these, and while they can be removed, it is a very unappealing process.
But does crossing your legs support these eyesores? Studies have proven this to be false. Genetics are usually the main cause of varicose veins, but things like obesity, inactivity, and gender also play a role. While crossing your legs does increase the pressure in your veins slightly, it won't be enough to make any difference in appearance. So, if you've been sitting with uncrossed legs in fear of the dreaded spider veins, rest assured that this habit won't cause any real damage.
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I hope this was helpful and put a few of your minds at rest. For updates on my next Beauty Myths post, be sure to like ChromoBeauty on Facebook at facebook.com/chromobeauty for the update to go straight to your newsfeed!

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