We usually take a yearly vacation to a major theme park resort which requires an enormous amount of walking. No matter how prepared I think I am for tackling five theme parks in five days, at the end of a hot day at the parks, my legs are always screaming for relief. The pain is especially worse during the summer months due to the heat and humidity.
I am always on the look out for pain relieving creams to take on vacation. There are many creams available, and I have tried others, but I like using a cream that shouts, "I am on the job, working hard to relieve your tired legs and achy muscles!" I feel Icy Hot fulfills that need. After a day of theme park walking, I feel good knowing there is a jar of Icy Hot waiting at our resort.
Icy Hot oinment is supposed to dull pain of sore muscles, body aches, leg cramps, and more. It feels cool to cold when I first apply it, then turns icy hot, which can best be described as sort of a spearmint verses cinnamon feeling. This sensation lasts for hours, leaving a bit of a numbing feeling, as if ice packs were applied to my legs. I do not feel the relief of Icy Hot instantly, though. It takes about fifteen or twenty minutes to feel the ointment reaching my weary legs.
I can best describe the consistency of Icy Hot ointment as very firm petroleum jelly. It is not the neatest ointment to apply, sometimes it clumps up when I scoop it out of the jar, but it is not crumbly, so it stays together for the most part. Icy Hot is a bit greasy to the touch, but when I rub it in thoroughly, it seems to absorb nicely.
Icy Hot did numb some of the pain of my tired legs, but the smell, while not a major issue with me, could be a bother for others in my family. It smells like Ben Gay, for those of you that are familiar with that scent. Children sometimes think it smells like bubble gum, bless their hearts. I heard Icy Hot has just invented a disappearing odor version of this product. I am very anxious to try it out!
My jar of Icy Hot balm is large enough to last quite a while, yet small enough for travel. It also comes in a roll-on stick and a tube, which sounds like a less messy application. For future travel, I will be purchasing Icy Hot tubes or sticks, rather than the jars. Icy Hot is also available in patches and sleeves.
Please read the instructions on the container to avoid overdose. Apparently, there is such a thing as too much Icy Hot. I certainly did not know that. I slathered so much Icy Hot on my legs on our last vacation, I am lucky I didn't turn into a human popsicle.
I would recommend this product in the odor disappearing version. Thanks!