New EASE Sheers by Therafirm!

A few weeks ago, we got an exciting package in the mail – the newest product line from one of our favorite brands, Therafirm. It was a sneak peak at the new line of EASE Sheers which feature some of the latest technology in knit compression wear. This week, the new line is launching in a variety of colors, styles and compression levels – and we’re excited to finally share our review!

Right out of the package, you can tell that these sheers are different. They’re incredibly smooth and soft to the touch. The 360 degree stretch is obvious with just a gentle pull.

I got a chance to try the 20-30 mmHg pantyhose in Sand. I don’t normally wear this compression level, so I was interested to see how difficult donning them would be. Using the traditional method of donning, I was able to pull the stockings on without too much difficulty. No compression stockings are easy to get on, but these were definitely easier. The extra stretch really helps in getting the stockings up and properly adjusted. The color gives my legs a nice tan, and there is a bit of a shine to the fabric. This gives them a silky look, but might not be appropriate for all occasions. The heel and toe areas are reinforced for durability – as you can see in the picture below.

Sheer Ease Stockings

I especially liked the knit waistband. It’s much smoother than a lot of the stockings on the market. The top of the waistband sits high on the waist so there’s no muffin top to worry about!

All of the stockings – knee high, thigh high and pantyhose – are available in 2 lengths, short and long.  I found them to be incredibly comfortable and perfect for work or a night out!

Sheer EASE Compression Pantyhose

You can try them yourself by purchasing them on our website!

Compression vs Containment

Sheer stocking show thruWe are often asked if a sheer stocking provides the same compression as a heavier surgical weight stocking.  And when one thinks about it, how does a fine sheer fabric give the same amount of support as a much thicker, opaque fabric?  This question can be answered by explaining the difference between compression and containment.

Compression is the force pushing in on an object.  With compression stockings, this object is your leg.  If you wrap a fine thread and a thick rope around your leg, and pull on the ends with the same amount of force, you will be applying the same amount of compression to the area under the thread and the rope.   But what happens if your leg swells and starts pushing back against the thread and the rope?   This is when containment comes into play.  The thick rope will do a much better job of containing the swelling than the thin thread.

Now let’s examine the two main reasons people wear compression stockings.  The first is venous insufficiency.  This is when the valves in your veins that keep the blood from flowing south, don’t work properly.  Blood pools in the veins and you get varicose veins.  Compressing the leg helps the valves work more efficiently.   There isn’t a lot of force pushing back, so the amount of containment the fabric provides isn’t as important.

The second reason people wear compression stockings is to treat edema or swelling.  Excess bodily fluids that would normally be removed by the venous or lymphatic system accumulate in the tissue, causing it to swell.  Edema can be caused by many conditions and medications.   Here both compression and containment are very important in controlling and reducing the swelling.

The amount of compression and/or containment you need will depend on the condition being treated and the severity.  Talk to your doctor.

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct
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Sheer Compression Stocking Color Comparison

When you think of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and espresso, smells and tastes come to mind.  Translating those senses into a color, especially a stocking color that works with your skin tone is not so easy.  We’re here to help.

Jobst, Sigvaris, Juzo and Mediven are the four major manufacturers of compression hosiery in the US.  Each of these companies manufacture a line of sheer compression stockings with a bouquet of creative names to describe essentially the same color.  Example: Nude, is vanilla from Juzo, wheat from Medi, and natural from Sigvaris and Jobst.  Following are color chips, plus a brief description from each line of stockings to help you compare apples to apples, or in this case, espressos to mochas.

Jobst UltraSheer
UltraSheer has the most colors available, although every color isn’t available in all sizes and compressions.  Honey was introduced several years ago as a nude shade for latin and mediterranean skin tones.  In addition to the colors below, Jobst recently brought back Navy and Sun Bronze, a popular suntan color that’s darker than Honey and lighter than Suntan.  UltraSheer stockings are also available with a diamond pattern in black and mocha.

Jobst UltraSheer colorsSigvaris EverSheer
Sigvaris has lead the way with fashion colors.  EverSheer also shows consistent sheerness throughout the stocking.  Many sheers, especially darker colors, show light and dark shading depending on how the fabric is stretched.  This won’t happen with EverSheer.  If you wear thigh highs, you’ll love the Sensinnov top-band on EverSheer.  Instead of stripes or dots of silicone, it’s a flat sheet that is so comfortable and secure, plus it won’t cause thigh bulge.

Sigvaris EverSheer colorsJuzo Naturally Sheer
Naturally Sheer was just introduced last year, so many people aren’t familiar with this line of stockings.  The color chips don’t do it justice.  The fabric itself has a wonderful smooth, snag-resistant finish that feels soft on even the roughest skin.  Of the four, Naturally Sheer has the highest spandex content, and won’t bunch behind knees or over the instep.

Juzo Naturally Sheer colorsMediven Sheer & Soft
When Medi replaced their sheer Radiance line with Sheer & Soft a few years ago, many customers were worried… until they tried it.  Sheer & Soft has been a phenomenal success.  As the name implies the fabric is really sheer and it’s really soft.  Medi’s product images aren’t the best, but among the sheers, Sheer & Soft has some of the highest customer ratings online.

Medi Sheer & Soft colorsPete@BrightLife Direct
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