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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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CoolXChange : Instant Cooling Relief

Those of you who have been following me for a while now might remember that I broke my foot just over 12 months ago. You might also remember that I play basketball and have had a number of injuries from that as well. What you might not know is that I have days where I actually suffer from a lot of pain because of these. I think I have finally found something that helps reduce and manage that pain. Let me introduce you to CoolXChange.

CoolXChange* is a 2-in-1 Compression and Cooling Bandage. It is designed to assist in the prevention, management and recovery of muscle pain, swelling and inflammation. If you do any type of exercise, play sport or just have problems with muscle pain, then these bandages are designed for you. It provides cooling and compression therapy in one simple step, helping you recover from muscle sprains and strains faster and more effectively.

So how does it work? It works like any normal compression bandage. If you have an injury or are struggling with muscle pain then you simply take this bandage and wrap it around the muscle. For example, when I am struggling with ankle pain, I will take the bandage out and wrap it around my ankle. It then helps to reduce the swelling by also essentially 'icing' your muscles. R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is considered the best methodology in managing muscle sprains and strains. In combining the cooling and compression stages into one simple step, CoolXChange works immediately to reduce the amount of blood flow and heat in the injured area, which minimises pain and swelling for a faster recover.

Through December I was actually having a lot problems with pain in my foot and knee, so these bandages couldn't have come at a better time. I am usually really lazy when it comes to icing and taking care of muscle pain. I usually just try to ignore it and get on with my day (really good response right!) but these made it really easy. They are ready to use as soon as you take them out of the bag. You don't need to refrigerate or pre-cool them in anyway (though popping in the fridge can increase the cooling sensation). When you take them out of their little ziplock bags they do look wet and sticky and do feel kind of wet, but the interesting thing? Your hands aren't left feeling wet after you touch them. That's not really related to anything, I just thought it was cool. Anyway...You then wrap the bandage around your muscles and can wear them for up to two hours. Once you've finished using it, you simply wrap the bandage back around the inner tube, then place back in the ziplock bag. The bandage will cool again, ready to be used. If it does feel like it is drying out a bit, you just add a little bit of water and it will go back to how it originally was. 

I have actually been loving these. I didn't think they would become something that I would actually use regularly, but they are. They don't necessarily feel cold when you take them out of the ziplock bag, but they really do cool your muscles. Much like you would if you were using an ice pack, but I like that you don't end up with a burning sensation like you can when you use an ice pack. It cools and effectively reduces pain without leaving that strong burning sensation.  

If you have regular muscle pain, are regularly playing sport or exercising then I would highly recommend these. They come in two sizes: regular, retailing for $13.50, which is ideal for ankles, feet, wrists, elbows and fingers; and large, retailing for $23, which is ideal for knees, thighs, hamstrings, groin, back, shoulder or may be cut to size for schools, sporting clubs and clinical use. 

If you are still unsure, stay tuned for part two to this post coming in February where I will be taking about all the different ways that I use these bandages!

AD: This post has been sponsored by CoolXChange
*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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