Between running around in heels on a daily basis for work, and stepping up my training routine in an attempt to establish good habits before the New Year (Those resolutions aren't going to keep themselves!), the past month has been particularly... intensive, leg-wise. While I dearly wish to be able to go for a weekly massage to ease these achy pains, it's pretty unlikely that I'll win the lottery anytime soon, so the next best thing I've found to soothe my burning muscles is Lion's Kyusoku Jikan (休足時間) Foot Patch, which you can find over at Wonect.
Produced by Lion, the Kyusoku Jikan (休足時間) patches are scented with Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Lemon and Orange, and also contain a little menthol for that extra icy-hot kick. They recommend that you use these patches right after a bath, or just before you go to bed, but I think as long as your skin is clean, use it whenever you need a little pick-me-up. I kept my box in the fridge as recommended, and it feels absolutely heavenly when it goes on. The box indicates that the patches can go on the base of your feet, round your ankles, on your calves, or behind your knees, but I've tried it on other achy muscle groups, and it works just as well.
The box comes with three individually sealed packets, each with 6 patches. These work through evaporation to provide a long-lasting cooling effect, and with gentle skin-soothing ingredients, you can actually keep these on all day without irritating your skin, so although each patch is only good for one-time use (They lose their adhesiveness once you remove them), you can get pretty good mileage out of each.
Applying the patch is easy. There's a nice bit of stretch to the fabric side, so it's even effective at navigating tricky bits like ankles and shoulders. The plastic protective sheeting separates easily from the gel, and then it's only a matter of smoothing out the sheet where you need it to go. The gel will only stick to dry skin, so if you're fresh out of the bath, towel off thoroughly before applying this!
Get it at 15% off with the code ABIGAIL<3 at Wonect Kyoto! All purchases made till the 20th of December put you in the running for their very special Christmas gift box, so if you're looking for last minute presents for all the best people in your life, why not treat them to some cool Japanese products?