Four in 10 women under 40 are said to experience circulatory problems in the legs, which could lead to more serious trouble. Dazman Manan checks out ways to keep your beautiful legs in great shape.
Pregnancy, contraceptive pills, being overweight, heredity factors, sitting or standing for long periods, direct heat of the sun, using electric blankets and lack of exercise can all aggravate leg problems.
“Forty per cent of women under 40 suffer from circulatory problems of the legs. By the age of 70, that will rise to 70 per cent,” says Celine Koh, brand manager of Institute Des Jambes, which markets a beautiful legs care treatment.
Over time, she says, the veins located in the legs dilate easily. “Over dilated veins do not work as well at removing excess fluids, so the leg tissues are forced to take on the additional fluid and become waterlogged.”
“This dilation also strains the valves in the veins which become less diligent at pumping blood back to the heart.”
“The result? Poor circulation, swelling or phlebitis, heaviness, overheating, general discomfort and the prospect of more serious beautiful legs problems like varicose veins,” explains Koh.
According to her, in 1961 scientists discovered that sluggish circulation produced a rise in temperature of between 2C and 5C higher than normal in the legs.
“Early attempts to treat this by using extreme physical cold had quite the wrong effect. A dramatic drop in the temperature sent the body into shock, so veins dilated, rather than constricted, in an attempt to maintain body heat.”
Beautiful Legs Research
Working alongside medical researchers, Institute Des Jambes began to experiment with the gentler action of volatile plant substances which cool as they evaporate, avoiding shocking the body and encouraging gradual vaso-constriction. This was the starting point of Frigibas, a gentle but effective home treatment which has now been patented by Institute Des Jambes in Paris.
“Frigibas is among the many beautiful legs care treatments that we have. Frigibas is a 20-minute `stocking bath’ treatment during which the temperature of the legs is subtly reduced by about 2C to 5C so that the veins contract.
“As they do so, fluid drains out the surrounding tissues, leaving the legs slimmer and firmer,” says Koh.
Her advise to maintain or obtain slimmer, strong beautiful legs is through a simple exercise – walking. Walking, she says, encourages a strong pumping action in the leg muscles which is needed to help support veins and loss of tone. “The pumping action also helps the blood upwards through the veins to the heart.”
Vice-president of Avon’s United States and global public relations department Kathleen Walas suggests foot fixers that include treating tired, achy feet to a soothing soak.
“Use a commercial `foot bath’ or pour two tablespoons Epsom salts into a large container and soak feet for 10 minutes,” she says.
To prevent athlete’s foot, Walas reminds us to dry feet (especially between toes) after bathing and swimming.
“Dust feet liberally with foot or baby powder and opt for cotton or wool socks (synthetic ones trap moisture that allows the fungus that causes athlete’s foot to grow).
“Sandals or shoes made of all-natural materials like leather help feet stay cool and dry and prevents perspiration.”
Walas advises wearing “swimmer’s shoes” at pools to avoid the trail of athlete’s foot fungi other swimmers leave near the pool and in the locker room.
“If you do get athlete’s foot, wash and dry your feet thoroughly everyday and apply an anti fungal ointment or spray twice daily.”
To have “super-smooth heels”, Walas gives us her personal remedy: Before bedtime, soak feet in warm water for five minutes. Pat dry.
Mix one tablespoon sugar with one tablespoon sunflower or grape seed oil. Massage into heel area for two minutes, then rinse off.
Rub a little more oil onto heels; use tissue to blot up excess. Then don clean thick cotton socks.
Sunflower and grape seed oils, she says, are rich sources of essential fatty acids, which provide a superb “moisture barrier” on the skin, softening even the roughest, driest heel.
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