Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

So You've Overdone It? Beauty Gone a Stretch Too Far in Yoga or Hit the Gym Too Hard? Emma McCarthy Finds the Balms and Oils to Super-Soothe Your Aching Muscles

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

So You've Overdone It? Beauty Gone a Stretch Too Far in Yoga or Hit the Gym Too Hard? Emma McCarthy Finds the Balms and Oils to Super-Soothe Your Aching Muscles

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

Find your feet After a particularly intense pavementpounding session, your feet deserve a well-earned rest. Chill out tired toes with Aveda's soothing Foot Relief creme (PS19.50, aveda.co.uk), blended with active herbs to refresh, invigorate -- and, most importantly, deodorise -- trainer-bound feet, while Cowshed's Udderly Gorgeous Leg & Foot Treatment (PS18.50, cowshedonline.com) offers a cooling sensation to soothe hot and bothered trotters.

For foot R&R of post-marathon proportions, look to Dr Hauschka's Hydrating Foot Cream (formerly Fitness Foot Balm; PS16, dr.hauschka.com) for a hit of hydration that won't equal excess moisture, or Hand Chemistry's Heel Hydration Complex (PS15, hand chemistry.com) to cure sore, chapped soles.

Margaret Dabbs's award-winning Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion (PS25, margaretdabbs.co.uk) also offers a luxurious treat that packs a punch, helping to soften calluses and comfort throbbing feet thanks to its antiinflammatory emu oil.

Get a leg up Off to a 7am spinning class? Make sure you pack a tube of Ioma's Soothing Gel for Legs (PS55, harrods.com) in your gym kit. With a powerful draining and decongestive action that regulates microcirculation and reduces water retention, it promises to leave leaden legs feather-light. Clarins' Energizing Emulsion for tired legs (PS26, clarins.co.uk) also relaxes and refreshes using a combination of camomile, basil, sage and cypress to relax, tone and refresh, while Origins Leg Lifts (PS22, origins.co.uk) harnesses invigorating cypress, peppermint and cedarwood. For a super-quick fix, spritz on a mist of Susanne Kaufmann's Leg and Vein Cooling Spray (PS22, moukimou.com), which contains horse chestnut to strengthen the blood flow and cooling menthol to refresh the skin. Or supersize your slimming powers with Legology's Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs (PS60, liberty.co.uk) -- a clever contouring cream that reduces puffiness and cellulite while dissolving aches, pains and fatigue.

Put your back into it To ensure your yogic backbends are accompanied with an "om" not an "ow", harness the power of arnica with your pranayama. …

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