I would recommend this to anyone who wants an effective treatment for dry and cracked heels
This small white and blue plastic tube I bought from Amazon for £5.50 and the tube holds just over 100ml. I bought it because my husband has horrible dry cracked heels and they get worse when he wears sandals, crocs ( which is not often as he hates them) or anything with an open back. I spend half my life buying products for him to try and use on his feet, I also explained that he did actually have to apply the creams as they don't work in the tubes. I think he was hoping that I would do it for him and massage his feet which I did do as a new wife years ago but I have to admit the novelty has worn off.
Although I did buy this for my husband's feet I do feel I have to try these things our for myself and so did use it for a week before returning to my Lush mint foot cream as I prefer the scent to the need for really moisturising cram for cracked heels as mine are not.
Now this cream is a medication rather than a luxury foot cream and should only be applied to feet of adults. They also say some stinging may occur if the heels are badly cracked. I can't say how bad the stinging is as my heels are not cracked. My husband certainly didn't wince when he applied it so it can't be too bad as he would have said.
If you suffer any reaction then you should stop using the cream and obviously if the rash continues then see your doctor. The cream is pretty obviously for external use only. I can't imagine why anyone would even consider using a cream for dry cracked heels anywhere apart from the feet but there are a lot of strange people around.
This cream is apparently 'Scientifically proven to improve skin hydration' and contains 25% chemically synthesized urea in a very concentrated and moisturising emollient base. This is a great combination for softening and healing skin on the feet such as hard cracked heels. It works by replenishing the moisture deep below the skin's surface.
The cream is white and pretty thick , the company claim it begins to work in three days. I have to say the results were not that quick with my husband and it took a week or two to really see the results. On my feet of course the effect was moisturising only as mine are not dry and cracked. It did feel nice and soft on my heels though.
The cream is thick and slightly yellowish brown but is not greasy at all so great for those putting socks on after application. It smells okay but nothing special, not offensive but not one that you would say smells lovely either, almost unscented. It is an enriched cream with Pro -Vitamin B5 and L-Argine and is also enhanced with exfoliating ingredients. I can't say I noticed the exfoliating properties when I used the cream but my idea of exfoliating feet is to use a pumice stone or a really good pumice based exfoliator like Lush's one so maybe I was expecting something more scrubby.
The cream is free of SLS and but does contain several parabens which is not so good as my husband's problem is allergy./eczema related so the fact this has some of the potentially irritating chemicals is not a good thing for us.
The cardboard outer pack which we have long since thrown out came with more instructions and information than is on the tube. I do remember reading that it was safe for diabetics to use
As I have said before this is not just a foot lotion for cosmetic use this is a medically proven treatment but it can also be applied daily as a preventative moisturiser to help keep your feet soft, smooth and supple which is how I was using it. It is quite expensive though so in reality I decided to return to my usual foot cream and leave the medical one to my husband as his feet had greater need.
The product does need to be stored somewhere dry and kept at a temperature between 10-30 degrees . This is not usually in issue in the UK but recently we made sure it wasn't left out in the sun in the bathroom as we have a velux window in there and the sun does shine through during the day.
According to the blurb on the packing Flexitol Heel Balm 'can also help prevent blisters and friction during exercise and when "breaking in" new shoes'. I personally think that is a bit of hype from the company as I can't honestly think that applying a cream would help prevent blisters especially when breaking in new shoes. I didn't test the theory but I do feel that is a claim too far.
Yes I would say this has really helped with my husband's sore and cracked heels. They now look relatively normal and he is very happy. For years he has these horrid cracked heels and since I have known him I have nagged and bought him products to try and use on his feet. They are now in much better shape and this is one of the better products we have tried on his heels.
It is not cheap and if you have normal feet with only slightly harder skin this would work but so would other cheaper alternatives. I would say that the price is worthwhile for more intense needs and for very hard, dry, cracked sore feet. It also works well on dry elbows when they are sore and my husband's eczema on his hands after he had been decorating.
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