I bought a new sandals from Skechers – the Terrainer – also known as Skechers Men’s Gander – Rayler. The leather on top of the sandals are comfortable and smooth. It covers the top portion of my feet with the fisherman design overlay and stitching style.
When I put on this sandals, it has a very comfortable. I tried it out walking on sand, dirt road and slope; and it provides excellent level of comfort for my feet. I think the strong and thick rubber sole protects the feet against impact from the ground. It is also non slip when I walked on slippery ground and marble floor. There is an adjustable strap at the back of the sandals to aid my feet to fit into the sandals. There is a strong rubber bumper in front of the sandals to protect your toes as well.
The only issue about the Skechers Terrainer sandals is that my feet feel slightly warmer when I wear it as compared to other open style sandals. But it is a minor issue as this pair of sandals is still well ventilated. The price of this sandals is about US$70 when I purchased it. It is definitely worth it – it is well designed and provides good level of comfort when I wear it.
Last week I saw this Seven Seas Joint Care Transdermal Glucosamine cream on the shelf of a local pharmacy. This seems to be a new product from Seven Seas as I had not seen this product before. It is printed on the box that this glucosamine cream is good for maintaining healthy joints, rebuild joint cartilage, relieves joint pain and lubricates the joints. So I decided to buy one box to try it out for myself.
The tube contains 45 gm of high concentration glucosamine cream. As the glucosamine in the cream is derived from seafood, this cream is not suitable for those who are allergy to seafood. It also contains emu oil. I understand that emu oil is commonly used for relief Arthritis, wrinkles, pain relief, stretch marks and muscle pain – and pure emu oil is quite expensive to buy. After taking my shower, I apply the glucosamine cream on my knee cap – as sometimes I have knee ache and pain whenever I complete a 5km brisk walk. The cream is yellow orange color and it is quite thick liked toothpaste. When I applied the cream on my knees, the color did not stain my skin and it is relatively easy to apply. After a while, I could felt a cool and warm sensation on my knee. I felt rather strange to have a cool and warm sensation at the same time; but overall it was a pleasant sensation.
Though the instruction on the box stated that the recommended application is 2 times per day, I apply the cream only once a day. The important question is whether are there any positive results from applying this glucosamine cream. Well, I felt that the ache and pain on my knees are slightly less intense than before. I think it would take about one month of daily application of this cream to see any dramatic result. The thing is that if this Seven Seas Joint Care Glucosamine cream actually work for me, than I don’t need to take any glucosamine tablets any more. I think one tube of this cream should be able to last for at least one month.
I bought another pair of shoes from Skechers and it is the Skechers Shape Ups Trainer Shoes. I bought my first pair of Skechers shoes early this year which is a Tone-Ups shoes and I liked it. Looking at the 2 different pair of shoes in my home – the Tone-Ups and Shape-Ups, I don’t really see the difference visually. But when I wear it, the Shape-Ups shoes has thicker pads in sole and that makes it more comfortable. If you are interested in reading more about the Tone-Ups Trainer shoes on my previous blog, the link is below –
The thing I liked about Skechers shoes is that it is very comfortable – as the thick pads on the sole protects my feet against impact from the ground. I can stand and walk for a longer period of time without feeling stress on my feet and legs. And the prices for these shoes are reasonable – costing an average of US$100/- per pair depending on models. My exercise routine each week is basically brisk walking for 5 km and some weight lifting. So far the Skechers shoes that I having been wearing serve me well on these 2 activities.
Does the Skechers shoes really help in burning more calories and losing the extra weight? I don’t think so. Does it help in toning up my muscles as I walked and strengthen my feet and legs? I am quite skeptical about this too. My reason is this – even if you wear any pair of shoes, you can lose weight if you are discipline in your diet and perform daily exercise. I have seen some people brisk walking without shoes and they seems to enjoy it. The reason why I bought Skechers shoes is that it is very comfortable to wear and it does help me to go about performing my daily routine activities in comfort. Besides, I liked their design as well.
One thing to note about the Skechers Shape Ups Trainer shoes is that the sole is not flat. It takes some time to get use to walking in this pair of shoes. Some people find this instability on the shoes rather uncomfortable. But most people will get used to it after a few days. It is just liked learning how to walk in a new way and after a while, it is easy to do brisk walking or running even with this in built instability pods on the shoes.
Recently I had bought a Skechers Tone-Ups Trainer shoes which is supposed to give me a better muscles workout, a higher calorie burn level and a reduction of joint stress. The small leaflet in the shoe box mentioned that the Skechers Tone-Ups trainer shoes is constructed with Tr-Density technology, that is – Progressive Suspension Midsole, Kinetic Core Midsole and high density rubber outsole. My first impression of this new shoes is that it is well constructed and design. There are lots of trainer shoes in the market that are selling at a high price but looked cheap on design and using cheap materials.
When I put on the Skechers tone-ups trainer shoes, my feet felt comfortable. I could also feel that there is a durometer cradle that balance the weight of my front and back feet. Other shoes that I have would put the weight mainly on the back of my feet; which can be stressful for my feet if I stand or walk for a long period of time. I felt strange when I first put on this trainer shoes due to this cradle, but after a few days, I got used to it and I liked the feel of it. The sole of the shoes are very strong and thick, so even when I am walking on uneven surface, my feet are well protected from impact and stress.
I am not sure whether I have burned higher calories as a result of wearing Skechers tone-up trainer shoes – this is difficult to prove. I have used this pair of shoes for long walk in the park ( about 8km) on uneven and rocky surface and my feet felt comfortable and protected. There is no tiredness or sore feeling on my feet and knees. Whether it gives me a more efficient workout because it is a tone up trainer shoes is subjective. The real benefit is the comfort on my feet and knees that it has provided when I am wearing it.
Another thing is that this trainer shoes provides a good grip during raining days or on wet slippery floor. If you take a look at the photos of the sole of the shoes, you can see that it is well designed for this purpose. I do not know how long the rubber soles of this shoes would wear out if I used it for long walk all the time. For my previous trainer shoes, the rubber soles was worn out after one year of continuous workout exercise.
One of the best way to relieve a tired feet is to soak them on salt – it helps to deodorize and relieve stress on your feet. Whether you are using ordinary salt or espsom salt ( magnesium sulfate ) it is fine. My preference is using Epsom salt as I find it very effective in relieving ache and stress; also it really does a good job in cleaning my feet.
Recently I noticed that I have some dark patches and small reddish rash around my armpit area. This is quite common and had happened to me before. So when I went to see a doctor, he would normally prescribed anti-fungal cream and sometimes anti fungal pills to be taken orally as well. Normally fungal infection and white spots would appeared on my skin about once every 2 to 3 years. I think it is because I am staying in the tropical country and also I do exercise a lot. Whenever I go for my jog which is 3 times a week, I would sweat profusely and I was told to cool down first before taking a shower. A Chinese physician told me that if I take a shower without cooling down after jogging, it would be bad for my health and skin.
Fungal infection and white spots can spread if it is untreated. Though it is not a deadly disease, it does bring about itchiness and discomfort to the sufferer. The doctor told me to apply the anti-fungal cream 2 times a day and not to use other people’s towels or wear their clothes. This is prevent the spread of fungal infection to others; or perhaps preventing myself from getting it from other people as well. So I applied the anti-fungal cream around my armpit area after taking a shower. I avoid all those anti-deodorant stick or lotion as the chemicals in these products may irritate my skin. However I do apply baby powder if I know that I need to do some manual work for the day; and baby powder would keep my skin dry.
Normally after one week of applying the anti-fungal cream, the rash on my skin would be less visible. The doctor advised me to keep applying the anti-fungal cream for another one week so as to get rid of it totally. The problem is that sometimes I do forget to apply especially when my skin is no longer itchy and that is wrong. So I would normally end up applying the anti-fungal cream for 3 weeks; just to make up for the time which I forgot to apply. I don’t know whether I am doing is right or wrong; but anyway so long as the rash or white spots are gone – I am fine with it.
My friend told me that the Tea Tree oil or (Melaleuca alternifolia) can also help to get rid of fungal infection on the skin. So far I have not tried it but I think it should work because I have also heard of it before. She had also given me some Aloe Vera and told me to apply it on my skin. Aloe Vera has a very cooling effect when I apply it on my skin; and besides I loved to drink Aloe Vera juice as well. I think personal hygiene is very important. I do not share my towel or clothes with anyone. I have to keep my bed and pillow clean and dry. I have to make sure I change my socks every day and keep my feet dry. So keeping fungal and white spots away does required discipline on my part on a daily basis.
I bought the Hazeline Snow Moisturising cream while shopping for other toiletries in a Watson store in Malaysia. I remembered clearly that this is the cream that my mum used to apply on her face every day many years ago. In fact, the Hazeline Snow cream was the most popular cream during my mum’s generation. The size and packing that I have bought was 100mg and if I could recalled correctly, it cost about RM$14. My friend who is a lady asked me why do a guy like me want to use the Hazeline Snow cream? Well, I have dry skin around legs and arms and it tend to get itchy when it becomes very dry. Doctors have recommended to me a few brands of moisturising cream; but these tend to have a oily effect on my skin after application. And so I decided to give Hazeline Snow cream a try and see the effect. After all, I reckon that if my mum had used it on her face daily years ago, then I could also used it on my arms and legs.
The new Hazeline Snow cream now comes in a round glass bottle. When I opened the cap of the bottle and used my finger to feel the cream, there was a cooling and wet feeling around my fingers. I apply the cream around my legs and arms and felt that it was relatively easy to apply and spread it around my body. The best part of it was that there was no oily effect on my skin, unlike many other moisturising cream. According to the information on the box, this cream is water based and 100% oil free. The cream has a light talcum powder smell but the smell was soon gone about half an hour after application.
After applying Hazeline Snow Cream for more than a week, the effect was that my skin around my legs and arms were well mositurised without the oily feeling unliked the previous moisturising cream which I have used. This means that immediately after applying Hazeline Snow cream I could put on my clothes; as there was no oil residual on my skin. There was no rash or irritation effect on my skin as well – so it means that this cream is suitable for me. I cannot feel whether my skin is now more smooth or supple ( as stated on the box ) – maybe I have thick skin. But I can ascertained that my skin no longer feel dry and itchy even in a dry and cold environment. By the way, the Hazeline Snow cream also have a whitening moisturising cream which is more expensive in price. I didn’t buy it as I don’t need my skin to be lighten or whiten – more suitable for ladies.
So my assessment of Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream is that it is a effective moisturising cream, it is very reasonable in price, it is totally water based which is good for me and it is very easy to apply. Accordingly to the instruction on the box – need to place it in a cool dry place and apply twice a day. My friend told me to put it in the fridge, I just leave it on the table. No time to apply twice a day, so just apply once a day. And I have also decided to ditch the oil based moisturising cream and used the Hazeline Snow Cream in future.
There are so many types and brands of shoes in the market today that people may be overwhelmed by the unlimited choices. For myself I have the tendency to stick to a few brands when it comes to buying a pair of shoes. One of my favorite brand of shoes is the Hush Puppies shoes. I have been wearing Hush Puppies shoes for many years and it has given my feet lots of comfort. There are many other brands of shoes which I have tried, it looks nice and fashionable; but my feet would feel sore if I stand for a longer period of time.
One of the main feature that I liked about Hush Puppies shoes is that it is absolutely light weight. So far I am not able to find another similar brand of shoes that is as light as the Hush Puppies shoes. Whenever I put the shoes, it felt as though I am not wearing any shoes at all. The light weight material in the shoes make walking a easy and comfortable task. Though the shoes are light weight, it is very durable and tough. I know it because I am someone who enjoy walking – it is my way of keeping my body fit and keep my weight in check. So walking for 5km on a typical day is a norm to me and my Hush Puppies shoes have always provided me the comfort while walking.
Recently I have bought a pair of the Hush Puppies The Body Shoe. I liked it as it is light weight and after wearing it for a whole day, my feet feels comfortable, cool and dry. There is a climate control features that is built in this shoe – I have no idea what it is but it doesn’t matter. I know that when I walk or stand for a long period of time wearing The Body Shoe, my feet do not ache or feel tired. And when I have to walk in the rain, the water do not seep into the shoes. The leather of my shoes seems to repel against the water; thus keeping my feet dry.
Though the Hush Puppies – The Body Shoe cost more that other brands of shoes in the market, I feel that it is a worthwhile investment. After all, if my feet can stay comfortable all day despite walking and standing, then it is a health benefit. How do I take care of my shoes that takes care of me? I will let it air and dry at my balcony. Every week I would clean it with a damp cloth and thereafter apply a layer of Kiwi liquid shoe shine on the leather. It is a simple 10 minutes procedures for cleaning and nourishing my shoes which serves me well in taking good care of my feet.