We have a complicated relationship with the sun. We love the way it feels on our shoulders, but we hate the after-effects. Dark spots, fine lines, and uneven skin texture are all future woes we could do without. But did you know a little sunbathing stint also puts you in danger of spider veins? We chatted with Dr. Luis Navarro from The Vein Treatment Center in New York City to give us all of the details. Keep reading to find out how the sun is making your veins worse.
According to Dr. Navarro, exposure to UV rays has a direct effect on the skin by breaking down collagen. “Collagen is known as the connective tissue that supports and holds the body together,” Dr. Navarro says. “As collagen starts to break down from UV rays, the tissue becomes weak and the elasticity begins to stretch without springing back to normal. This weaker collagen results in decreased pressure surrounding our veins. This decreased pressure surrounding them makes the veins become torn, larger in size, and more visible through our skin as these spider veins.”