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The health and beauty of our legs

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Beauticians says that female legs are beautiful if they are long, round, fleshy, white and slightly thinner towards the ankle, which should have gentle but pronounced bones, the knee joint must be barely visible and the part from the ankle to the thigh should follow a slight yet continuous curve.

From a purely anatomical point of view, good legs have to have the following features: when together, the ankles, inside of the calves, knees and thighs have to coincide perfectly but not be too close to one another (because this means there is excess fat, especially in the thighs). This anatomical perfection is conditioned, above all, by the perfect shape of the bones, and the general shape of the legs is related to abundant fat and how the muscles have developed. The health of the legs is also important, if not even more so than these other features. Leg pains, ‘pins and needles’ in the feet, having cold limbs and groin pains are common problems for women, especially those who work on their feet. The busy pace of our days affects some of the most common leg problems and getting home and having painful legs is a problem that needs to be resolved before it leads on to unpleasant consequences. Therefore, it is necessary to pay your legs more attention, right from childhood, to prevent problems and deformations.

Treatments and suggestions for the health and aesthetics of your legs

The best treatment of all is, of course, sport, especially running and jumping. Through repeated exercise, the legs become thinner and more flexible, the muscles become more developed and agile and the whole body benefits from improved blood circulation. Training must be moderate though; exercising at a competitive level can increase the size of muscles too much. Another useful sporting activity is aerobics, even though this may cause muscles to hurt slightly after, and a massage is recommended after to acheive the best results.

A very common problem is swollen legs which can be caused by wearing very high shoes (3cm is the ideal maximum height) or very tight shoes, and sometimes even by excess physical movement. Cold and decongesting baths can treat this problem.

A simple and traditional measure to adopt after a tiresome day, and when you see you have swollen legs and ankles, is lying down and placing a pillow under the feet to elevate them. This relaxes the muscles and helps circulation. You can even sleep all night in this position and, in the morning, you will see that the limbs are no longer swollen. Another housewife’s remedy to regenerate the legs and ankles is this: pour two handfuls of sea salt and one of bicarbonate in a bowl of warm water and put your feet in this mixture for at least 3 minutes. After drying them, massage in a menthol cream starting from the toes right up to the calves. The salt and bicarbonate remove fluids which have deposited in tissues, causing swelling, whilst the menthol is refreshing and relieves you of fatigue.

Be careful though – swollen legs and ankles may not just be a sign of tiredness: in some cases, it may mean there is a more serious problem, such as a heart or kidney problem. It is best, therefore, to see a doctor if swelling persists after carrying out the abovementioned home treatments.

Beautiful ankles are lean and thin, whilst big and thick ankles are unattractive and this is why many women worry about their ankles. If this imperfection is not caused by the bones themselves or serious circulation problems, big ankles can be improved. In many cases, the increase in the size of the ankle is caused by situational factors like tiredness and fatigue and the abovementioned techniques can be used to reduce the size of the ankles. In other cases, big ankles are caused by an accumulation of fatty tissues in this area. Once again, the best remedy is regular physical activity and a good food regime. Massages can also help in this case and perform two actions; reducing swelling and improving circulation, which helps with the reabsorption of fluids in tissues.

Skin treatment for the legs

There is no reason why we cannot apply creams and cleanser to our legs just like we do to our face so they are soft and silky to touch.

  • Red and bumpy skin can be treated with fatty creams, skin oils, exfoliating masks and sand paper (lightly).
  • Dry and rough skin on the legs can be treated just like the face, with creams and rehydration (see dehydration).
  • Red skin from erythrosis can be treated with exogenous vaso-constricting products, cold hydrotherapy and astringent massages.

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