After a long and vigorous workout, our body is often left sore and aching thanks to pesky microcirculation. To give our sore muscles a break, products containing “cooling agents” can give you that fast relief you deserve. And although it’s not medically proven to treat swelling as a whole, it can make a huge difference when you’re reeling in pain.
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“When people have leg swelling, it’s often caused by a health problem with larger vessels,” explains Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Dina D Strachan. “Yes, cooling products can produce a relieving sensation, but it seems like these products are more cosmetic or experiential. Products make all different kinds of claims, so I cannot confirm that there is a definite medical effect.”
To give your bod that boost of cool, we’ve handpicked 6 favorites which will have you saying ooh! and ahh! in no time. From shower gels to foot treatments, pack these inside your gym bag next time you break a sweat.
1. Basq Energizing Body Gel: Aloe is known for its healing properties, as it calms inflammation, flights swelling and promotes skin healing. Apply some onto your legs after a long run, or rub some on a sore back or overheated skin.
2. Nip + Fab Post Workout Fix: A cooling blend of menthol and camphor cools, refreshes and revives sore muscles. So be sure to use this post-workout essential to revive sore and stiff muscles, fast!
3. Temple Spa (Distributed By Gilchrist & Soames) AAAHHH!: Dandelion extract and menthol work together to cut down swelling and reduce fluid retention. Easily used on both legs and feet, you just met your new, go-to lifesaver.
4. Le Couvent des Minimes Leg Soothing Fluid: Ivy and red vine (combined with 7 plants selected for their beneficial properties), work together to help boost leg microcirculation after a long day of walking or hiking. Start applying at the ankle and massage upwards to soothe heavy legs.
5. The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel: Peppermint oil is synonymous with that “refreshing boost” feel. So after a long day of running around town, treat your legs to this cooling gel, which wards away foul-smelling odors while promoting necessary skin circulation.
6. Herbacin Foot Care Cooling Gel: Talk about a multitasker! Vasoactive ingredients like red vine leaves and chestnuts improve leg circulation, while menthol cools feet instantly.
7. LUSH Dirty Springwash Shower Gel: A total upgrade on your usual shower gel, spearmint oil gives your aching (and overheated!) body that necessary boost of chill and balance.
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