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23 October 2012

Proskins Slim Leggings - Review

Saw these Proskins Slim (compression) tights at a store (Activ360) in Novena Square.  These are tights with compression in the legs and are touted to help firming the legs as well as help in reducing cellulite.  These tights/leggings can be worn when you exercise or just lounging around your home.  It is also suitable for those who sit or stand for along hours in the office. Hmm .... so I thought I gave these tights a try since I always sit for long hours at work.  

These Proskin tights may look like any normal pair of black leggings/tights, and they have a rather shiny appearance.  However, they are different.  The fabric exerts a gentle, comfortable squeeze on the limbs to improve blood flow and enhance lymphatic drainage.  

These tights also contain caffeine (to boost circulation and promotes fat destruction), retinol (to improve skin firmness) and aloe vera (to soften skin).  These are packed into micro-capsules and woven into the yarns.  However, I really didn't care about the ingredients in these tights that are supposedly there to help make legs look cellulite-free and firmer and to slim the legs.  

When I first took them out of the box, they felt soft and light.  Nothing like those compression tights for active exercise (eg. 2XU, Skins).  They really felt like a pair of footless tights/pantyhose with a very thick denier.  Putting them on was easy as they are very stretchy, yet exerts firm compression on the legs.  Once I had them on my legs, I hardly noticed they were there, probably due to the fact that they were skin-tight (not too tight to cut circulation) and they seems to regulate the body temperature.  They do not feel hot at all, given the hot humid weather here.  These are also quite shiny and smooth, just like a pair of shiny hosiery.  

The compression on the legs was also great.  These seems to work like those support tights, just that these are footless, which also makes it great for wearing at home.  Works fine when I needed to sit in front of my computer at the desk for up to 2 to 3 hours at home.  They were so comfortable that I sometimes even wear them to sleep.  Keeps you warm on rainy/windy nights and cool on warmer nights.  

For the ladies, if you are wearing these to help slim your legs, you will have to wear them for 8 hours daily for up to 28 days to see the slimming effect.  These tights claim to achieve the following as the Proskins trial suggests:

  • 76% slimming efficacy.
  • Up to 2cm reduction on thighs perimeter.
  • 65% efficacy reduction of fat nodes. Redensifying effect.
  • 63% of users stated a reduction of cellulite.
  • 67% felt their jeans were less tight.
  • 72% of users felt lightness sensation.

Only thing is that these tights are not really cheap.  They are priced in the range of 2XU and Skins Compression tights (around S$150 for the full length tights).  

Personally, I am quite happy with the purchase and would consider getting another pair or 2 when they have some kind of sale/offer/promotional price.  

09 October 2012

Sitting for long hours in the office? Some exercise you can do at your desk

Do you sit for long hours in the office?  Long days at the office can leave you feeling stiff and tired. Hours spent seated at a desk and computer can hurt your eyes and posture. 

Try doing some simple exercises while sitting at your desk, and you’ll keep your energy levels up and those aches and pains at bay. 

1. Keeping your shoulders down and back, stretch out your arms as wide as you can. You should feel a pull across your chest. This is great for posture, as we tend to hunch over the computer when we get engrossed in our work.

2. Keeping your heel on the floor, lift the toes on your right foot as high as you can and hold for a few seconds. Repeat ten times and then do the same with your left foot.
3. Stretch one arm out in front of you, hand outstretched as if to stop someone. With your other hand, gently pull your fingers back to stretch your wrist and forearm. Repeat with the other side.

4. Imagine sprinting 100 meters by tapping your feet lightly on the floor as fast as you can. Try for 30 seconds, take a short rest and repeat. 

5. Extend and lift your right leg until it’s level with your hip (pointing straight out). Hold this position for as long as you can. Relax and then do the same with your other leg. Try for three times with each leg.

6. With your chest out and tummy in, clench your abdominal muscles and hold for as long as you can. Repeat five times.

Of course, for the legs, you can also pull on a pair of support hosiery to give your legs the extra support it needs.  Support hosiery also helps improve blood circulation in the legs and also prevent/slow down formation of varicose veins, DVT syndrome, etc. 

It’s important that you find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine to keep you feeling fresh and invigorated.

03 October 2012

Study shows that you should wear pantyhose/tights/hosiery

A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine touted some remarkable claims in life extension and cancer research.

The theory behind the study comes from a Johns Hopkins University study that found a correlation between telangiectasias (spider veins) and longevity. An ancient oriental cure was to bind the legs of the afflicted person. It not only aided, but often cured this malady. The side-effects of which were noted to be: reduced sicknesses, longevity and a recovery of strength.

The trick to 'ancient leg binding' was not to bind the legs too tight, restriction of blood flow is not what is intended here. Systolic blood pressure in the two major arteries of the body has to be increased, but not restricted. 

Pantyhose seem to achieve this perfectly. The correct systolic blood pressure (systolic blood pressure is maximum pressure exerted when the heart contracts) forces the plaque build-up out of the heart and arteries harmlessly into the liver to be filtered. It also prevents cancerous cells from attaching themselves to the pulminary walls or other cells.

The increased speed of the blood flow without constant calistentation (extreme exercise) not only improves the purifying process but also (in effect) 'wipes clean' the interior vascular (vein) linings. 

So .... a little compression on your legs by wearing support pantyhose could do your health some good.