Heels vs Flats

Hi!

As summer is arriving many girls – myself included – will bring out the high heels, store away their flats and be outside for hours. But what effects does the heels really have on our body? I myself have noticed some of these problems, since I’ve worn heels most if this winter too.

If you walk a lot in heels the achilles’ tendon and the calfes gets used to be contracted, so that when you walk in flats you get pain in the areas because they are not used to being extracted, which usually makes you use heels even more and in the long run you can’t use anything else.
Signs of these problems are that it hurts in your heels and calfes when you walk in flats and when you walk barefoot you tend to walk on toe and not putting the heel down at all.

There are some things that you can do to prevent this, here are some tips:

1. Stop using heels.
I know, this one is quit obvious. I don’t mean you should throw all your heels away and not usin anything but flats. Just limit the use.
Do you really need heels to go to the store? What about for a shoppingtrip with your friends? At work?
Limit the use of heels for parties, dates, and fancy occasions. If you have a job where you need heels occasionally, have a pair of flats to change into when you don”’t need it, and change into flats while walking to and from your workplace.

2. Limit the height.
If you need heels for your everyday job, try going for a 2,5-3 cm pair instead of a 7 cm pair. Also, broad heels are easier to walk in than slim. Not that your calfes knows the difference, but your feet will.

3. Start walking
If you do use heels alot and still feel the need to use them everyday, try buying a good par of walking/jogging shoes and take a walk/jog for at least 30 minutes every day. Or as long as your calfes can stand it – i found that when I switched back to mine, 10 minutes where my walking limit in the begining-.

4. Avoid walking upphill
Talking from own experience. Switching from heels everyday to flats and walking upphill, OUCH! I had to lie down for an hour when I got home, and that was a 10 minute walk. I think my calfes are in bad shape.

5. Stretch.
This is a good way of keeping the heels and saving your calfes and achilles’ tendons.

Stairstrech
Stand facing upwards on the first step from the bottom of a stair – higher steps work, but that might hurt a bit if you fall – stand with your toes on the step and your heels outside the step, hold on to the rail. Lower your heels below the edge of the stair with your toes still on the step, you should feel tension in your calfes. Hold for a while until you feel the tension relieve/become unbearable. Raise your heels, stand still for a while, repeat.

Wallstretch
Here you strech one leg at the time.
Stand with your heel on the floor and your toes against the wall, a few centimeters above the floor. Push your knee towards the wall until you feel the tension. Hold for a while until you feel the tension relieve/become unbearable. Put your toes down, stand still for a while, repeat. For extra support hold on to a doorframe

Floorstretch
Stand comfortably on the floor with your legs at shoulderwidth. With your left heel on the floor put your right foot forward and bend your knees until you feel that stretch on your calf. Hold for a while until you feel the tension relieve/become unbearable. go back to standing comfortably, stand still for a while,, switch legs, repeat.

These are the exercises I do, of course there are other to.

Do you have any more tips on how to stretch?

Remember, moderation is the key!

heelsvsflats

 

Ciao

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Window Number 6 – 2012

And the sixth window contains

Lucka 06 Stängd

Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray – 60 ml

Lucka 06 Öppen

I already have this one but in a bigger bottle and I love it.
The peppermint scent is nice and it really is cooling.

You spray this on your feet to refresh them, it feel nice and its simply wonderful during hot summer days or when you’ve been wearing heels for long. The cooling effect can also have a small shrinking effect on swollen feet, but that might just be in my imagination.
Since it’s a spray it’s easy to apply whenever needed. and I usually fit the larger bottle in my bag, this one might even fit in my purse.
But this is a must have for me during the warm summer months and always have a place in my bag.

Ciao

Winter is Coming – Feet Guide


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Here’s the next part of my Winter is Coming Series.
This Time it’s about Feet

During the winter months your feet aren’t out in the air so much. Shoes and socks are on our feet constantly. This causes the feet to get warm, sweaty and disgusting. I’m not really a fan of feet.
Since your feet are so closed up they can’t really breathe, wich can result in athlete’s foot. So here are some tips to prevent athlete’s foot and keep your feet fresh and callus free.

Prevent Athlete’s Foot

1. Use breathing material.
Materials like cotton and other natural materials allows your feet to breath through the materials.
Also change socks every day. If you sweat alot you can even change twice a day.

2. Inside shoes
Get a pair of inside shoes for your workplace/school. Sandals or other open shoes are good.

3. Wash your feet.
Your feet get’s sweaty in the shoes, that sweat stays on your feet. Wash your feet every night, make sure to wash between the toes. Also make sure your feet are dry
This might sound annoying, but clean feet are healthy feet. And it doesn’t really take that much time.

Remove Calluses

1. Soften feet
Take a nice foot bath with some foot salt and soak your feet to soften the skin before scrubbing.

2. Scrub
Try to avoid the foot file since it’s easy to file on the healthy skin which will just cause more hard skin. Instead go for a foot scrub or buff gently with a pumice stone. If filing is needed, do it carefully. After you scrubed you can soak your feet a bit more.

3. Moisturize
A key step in not getting that hard skin to come back so fast is to keep your feet moisturized. For some people moisturizing is even enought o get rid of it. Massaging in a foot lotion after a foot bath makes the lotion absorb better.

+Tip – Lemon
The acidity in lemons work well against hard skin. Simply rub fresh squezed lemon juice on the hard skin or put some lemon slicec on and let sit for a few hours. Then scrub as usual.

Keeping the Feet Fresh

While all of the above obviously helps keeping your feet freash, here are some extra steps to use if needed.

1. Foot Spray
This is a spray you just spray on your feet. It usually works on tired, warm and – some sprays – even mildly swollen feet

2. Nails
Keep ypur toenails trimmed and clean.

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Here are some of the products I use.

Foot Bath
Usually I use The Body Shops – Peppermint Reiving Foot Soak
But dead sea salt and/or a little soap works to.

Foot Scrub

Again, usually I use The Body Shops Peppermint Soothimg Pumoce Foot Scrub
And/or a pumice stone.
But body scrubs and exfoliating gloves works to.
I just love the scent of peppermint

Lotion
         

The body Shop – Cooling Foot Lotion
The Body Shop – Intensive Foot Rescue
The Body Shop – Hemp Foot Protector
Shemen Amour – Mineral Foot Cream
I usually moisturize my feet before going to bed. Wich one I use depends on my mood and what I feel like.
I’f I’m lucky enough to get a footmassage from my wonderful boyfriend I always go for one of the heavier creams since they’ll get massaged in.

Foot Spray


The Body Shop – Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray

This one was in my bag the entire summer. If my feet were getting tired and sweaty I could just sit down on a bench, kick of my shoes and spray this on to cool the feet of and get a fresh boost. I also use this if I get home after a late night with high heels.

 

That’s all I had on this right now. I f you think I missed anything, let me know.

Winter is Coming – Lip guide Part 1, Care
Winter is Coming – Lip guide Part 2, Products
Winter is Coming – Hand Guide

Ciao

The Body Shop

I love The body Shops products.

So I thought I’d do a couple of reviews on them. In this post I will list the products I have.

Body Butter

Lemon
Mango
Pink Grapefruit
Divine Calm – Wellness
Papaya
Strawberry

Shower Gel/Cream

Sweet Lemon
Mango
Pink Grapefruit
Divine Calm – Wellness
Papaya
Strawberry
Chocomania
Japanese Cherry Blossom
Total Energy – Wellness
Apricot and Basil – Earth Lovers
Moringa
Kaffir Lime and Coconut – Spa Wisdom Polynesia
Adzuki bean and Rice

Lotion

Sweet Lemon
Pink Grapefruit
Moringa
Lotus and Frangipani – Spa wisdom Polynesia

Body Scrub

Sweet Lemon
Pink Grapefruit
Shea

Body Mist

Pink Grapefruit
Apricot and Rice – Spa Wisdom Japan

Lips

Sweet Lemon – Lip Butter
Mint – Lip roll on

Oils

Sweet Lemon – Beautifying Oil
Monoi Miracle Oil – Spa Wisdom Polynesia
Unfragranced Massage Oil – Wellness
Divine Calm Massage Oil – Wellness
Harmonising Massage Oil – Wellness

Face

Facial Brush
Camomille Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash
Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment
Seaweed Ionic Clay Masque
Warming Mineral Masque

Hands

Strawberry Hand Cleanse Gel
Almond Conditioning Hand Wash
Almond Hand Cream
Almond Hand and NailButter
Hemp Hand Cream
Hemp Intensive Hand Butter
Wild Rose Caring Hand Wash
Wild Rose Nourishing Hand Cream
Wild Rose Hand Butter

Feet

Peppermint Reviving Foot Soak
Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub
Peppermint Reviving Leg Gel
Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray
Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion
Peppermint intensive Foot Rescue
Hemp Intensive Foot Protector

Hair

Ginger Anti Dandruff Schampoo
Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

And

Japanese Cherry Blossom Perfume
Bath Lily
Bath Brush
Exfoliating Gloves
Cocoa Butter Moisture Stick
Detangling Comb
Deodry Roll On – Green
Deep Sleep Pillow Mist – Wellness
Pomegranade and Raspberry Body Room and Linen Spritz

Wow! That was even more than I thought I had…

Anyhow If there’s anything special you want me doing a review on, leave a comment. Or else I’ll Just do the one I feel like for the moment.

Ciao

Pedicure

Hi!

Today I decided to give myself a small manicure and pedicure today.
So here’s what I did and some pictures. I usually do a larger routine than this. But I’m out of some of my products and just wanted to pamper myself without to much work.

Here are some pictures of my nails on both hands and feet before I painted them.

    

    

The nails on my feet are weird. I have no nails what so ever on my pinky-toes and the nails on all the toes except the great toe/hallux/big toe/Ihavenoideawhatthistoeiscalledinenglish tend to fall of very easily. Thats why they look weird.

Here are the products/tools that I used.

    

So first I just soaked my feet for about 5 minutes then I smoothed the skin ith a file, a pumicestone and the blue thing which is a foot smoother from body shop. The jar contains a scrub.

Then I painted first my toes and then my fingers with;
1 Coat of O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat
2 Coats of MNY #353
1 Coat O.P.I Top Coat
Finished of with O.P.I Drip Dry Drops

The Result

    

    

When I paint my fingernails I’m most comfortable in a French Manicure or a copper polish I really like. But red works to, and if it’s for something special I can paint them to mach what I’m wearing.

However I never paint my toenails, this is the second time I’ve ever done that.
Usually I don’t have so much nail to polish. But I also have a slight back problem which makes fixing my feet and toes something like a living hell for me. crouching my back like that isn’t good at all for me.
But sometimes I do it anyway.

Ciao