Glo Investigates: Dirty Looks
The bottom line on the beauty and fashion health hazards making news
Body-slimming shapewear may be the greatest invention since sliced bread, but like those skinny jeans, your shapewear may be squeezing you sick. "Clothing that compresses the abdomen can place pressure on the stomach that forces food acids up into the esophagus, causing indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux," says Avitzur. "Think of shapewear like you do a pair of high heels. Wear it, if you must, for that special event or a limited period of time, but take it off as soon as possible to avoid the potential pitfalls."
Feel like hell in high heels? You're not alone. As it turns out, sky-high shoes can reshape leg muscles, leading to foot and leg discomfort even when you're barefoot, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology. "Research shows that chronic heel-wearers develop shorter muscle fibers in the leg, making their Achilles tendons thicker and stiffer because the ankle is constantly forced into a toes-pointed position," says study author Neil Cronin, Ph.D., a researcher at University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Fortunately, you don't need to swear off your stilettos. Simply avoiding wearing them on consecutive days, and perform stretches such as calf raises to help soothe your soles.