Is the spirit willing but the feet weak? Here are some must haves for our fellow sole survivors
1. Human Nature’s Cooling Leg & Body Cream, an invigorating blend of eucalyptus, peppermint and bergamot, leaves a cooling tingle after a tough workout or long day on your feet (P375 for 100ml). humanheartnature.com
2. Zenutrients’ Cooling Leg Gel is a ginger- and witch-hazel-infused concoction that’s perfect for cooling, soothing and promoting circulation in tired legs and even swollen feet — apply from knees to toes and use daily or as often as needed (P208 for 100g). zenutrients.com.ph
3. The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling & Reviving Foot Spray is a handy, aromatic spritz that cools tired feet and gives the flagging spirit a quick boost (P595 for 100ml); available at The Body Shop stores nationwide.
4. Nanny Rose’s Muscle Mender Bath Salts, made with sea salt, Epsom salt, clove, lemon, lavender, rosemary and other essential oils, makes the perfect solution for your body and feet — soak for 10 to 15 minutes to relieve aches and soreness (P450 for 500g). nannyrose.com
5. Biofresh’s MicroAir Compression Socks are antimicrobial (with an agent that kills and stops the growth of pathogenic microorganisms) and made with compression technology to help with blood circulation, prevent cramps, limit muscle swelling and minimize muscle fatigue (P229.75 a pair); available at Landmark Makati and Landmark TriNoma, Quezon City.
6. Earth Therapeutics’ Soothing Leg Lotion, a herbal blend of rosemary and wild mint, soothes and revives tired thighs and calves; aloe vera in the mix hydrates and conditions the skin too — massage from foot to mid-thigh (P575 for 177ml). beautybar.com.ph
Ask the expert: lower back pains
How do I take better care of my lower back, so that I don’t get back pain from a flight?
1. Get up from your seat every 30 minutes. A short walk along the aisles can be helpful.
2. Stretch your legs and especially your hamstrings. You can also do squats (a set of 10) to improve blood circulation.
3. Stay hydrated. Water works best.
4. Sit as far back into the chair has possible — this will push you to sit upright. You can also use a small pillow to support your back. This will help maintain the lumbar curve.
5. Use compression socks — they can help with circulation and minimize the swelling of the legs and feet.
– Dr Daniel Su, Spinal Care Chiropractic
This article first appeared in the February 2019 issue of Smile magazine.