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I don't have the world's best looking feet but for some reason in summer the problems are exacerbated and I end up with feet that wouldn't look out of place on a troll. Cracked skin on my heels is a problem that I end up with on a regular basis and it not only looks ugly but can be uncomfortable and even painful to walk on.
It's caused by a build-up of dry skin which if not treated right at the start hardens and dies off which causes the uncomfortable dry skin.
I have learnt over the years that I should be moisturising my feet every day to prevent the cracked skin from getting a chance to form but I can be a bit lazy and try and put it off which means that I end up in the position where normal moisturiser won't work anymore and I need to go to the pharmacy and buy something that is especially formulated for the dry cracked skin.
Luckily there is quite a lot to choose from and I normally buy the Scholl cracked heel repair cream as it is a product that I know and have used for many years so I can trust it to get to work quickly and easily.
It costs in the region of £5.50 which gets you a tube containing 60ml of product. This should be more than enough to firstly relieve and repair the cracked skin that you already have and there should still be enough over to keep in the medicine cupboard for if it returns again.
The cracked heel repair cream contains Urea (which we have naturally in our bodies and expel in our pee) which is a powerful moisturising agent that actively promotes healing of the skin.
To use the cracked heel repair cream you just need to apply a liberal amount to the heels and wait for it to get to work. Scholl recommend that you use the cream for 7 days and that it will start to get to work in about 3 days.
To be honest I always found that as soon as I apply the cream the relief it gives it almost instantaneous. It might not get rid of my dry skin instantly but it does help soften it and make the discomfort a little better.
The cream has a really thick greasy consistency and because the skin on your heels is so tick the cream can't just penetrate so it is going to sit on top of it. Because of this I always find it is best to apply it at night when I can make sure to have my feet up for a couple of hours to stop the cream from rubbing off.
Another thing that I have done is that if I have to put it on during the day and then leave the house I wrap some Clingfilm on my feet which not only keeps the cream in place but it seems to speed up the healing process. I suppose the same effect could also be obtained from those softening socks that you can buy.
After leaving the cream on overnight the skin on my heels looks so much better. The thickness of the dry skin is still there but it is significantly improved and when I put pressure on my feet the discomfort is also significantly reduced.
I find that within a few days the cream has managed to penetrate through the thick skin and actually healed it. After about 4 or 5 days my heels are usually back to what they were previously and any little excess of thick skin can just be exfoliated off with a pumice stone quickly and easily.
Using Scholl cracked heel repair cream on your heels will leave them incredibly soft and smooth again but it will take a bit of time and once the cream has done its job you will need to keep up the good work by investing in a decent emollient to prevent the cracked skin from coming back or at least to stop from returning as severely.
For the price I would say that Scholl cracked heel repair cream is worth buying because it is a small price to pay for a product that does work to get your feet looking and more importantly feeling good especially in the summer months if you are planning on wearing any sandals.
For whatever reason, I suffer from really dry heels and the skin tends to crack quite often. I think it may actually be a family thing as I know my mum and sister also suffer with the same problems. I live in sandals during the summer and I hate having my feet on show sometimes because of this. I have tried ped egg type products before but they take quite a lot of doing to make my heels look nice again. On a recent trip to Boots, I noticed that Scholl do a cracked heel repair cream so figured it was at least worth a try.
This cream comes in a blue box which has smaller white and yellow areas which is in keeping with the theme of all other Scholl products. If you have used Scholl before, you will be able to easily notice this product on a shelf. The Scholl logo takes up the majority of the top left hand corner while the bottom right hand corner boasts fast results and this part of the packaging definitely stands out against everything else. Another good aspect of the packaging is that it shows shots of damaged heels in both before and after shots so you can see what kind of results to expect. Inside of the cardboard packaging is a 60ml tube of the actual product. Again, the outside of the tube is the Scholl blue, white and yellow colours with the product information.
This product claims to show visible results in only 3 days and that it works in 7 days. To me, this was a bit silly as they should have just stuck with one length of time instead of making people confused. Does it mean you can see it working in only 3 days and that your problems will be solved in 7? Who knows! After having a long soak in the bath, I got ready to apply the cream to my heels. As my heels were already quite soft from the hot water, I wasn't sure if this was best or not but figured it couldn't hurt. As I applied the cream to my heels, I could see that it wasn't absorbing into my skin very quickly so I had to sit with my feet up for the better part of 10 minutes to leave it to soak in. I did use a fair amount of cream though so maybe I was just using too much. The cream is white without any smell to it. As the cream is white, I didn't want to walk around the house while I could still see it on my heels incase it rubbed off onto my carpets and left a stain.
So could I see results in the 3 days? Actually, yes I could. I applied the cream every night for these 3 days and while the results weren't amazing, I could see that my heels were getting better. After the 7 days, my cracked heels had improved a lot and I could see that if I kept up using the cream, my problems would eventually be gone. Now this is definitely not a miracle cream though. As well as using this product, I was using a pumice stone on my heels so that was helping with any rough skin. Also, as I had to apply this cream every night, it takes a lot of time and effort to make your feet pretty again. If I used this every night for the rest of my life, I think I could safely say that I would have nice, soft heels but I just can't be bothered with that. After I stopped using the cream, my heels did slowly become cracked again so now, each time this happens, I just get the cream out again.
I wouldn't use this product all of the time due to how much it would end up costing. My tube cost around £5 and lasted me nearly a month; 2 weeks using it every day and 2 weeks using it every couple of days. Now, I only use this when I need my feet to look nice for a special occasion and make sure I have some in the house a week beforehand. At £5 it is a good product but I can really see some people needing to use it every day to make it worth while.
This time of year, the temperature goes up, the flipflops come out, and my heels go on show. I tend to suffer quite a lot in the summer months as my skin dries out, and then starts to crack. I am also fairly grim and pick at it, and it makes it really sore, so I am trying my hardest this year to solve it.
Normally I combine using a ped egg with wearing a pair of socks at night and vaseline on my feet, but I decided this year to bring in the big guns, and buy some of this cream. It is not a particularly cheap option, costing about £5 for a 60ml tube in the supermarket. Bear in mind though that your feet are not a large area to treat, so it lasts a bit longer than you might think.
I bought this particular tube in May, and tried it out on the first night. I firstly used the ped egg to remove some of the thicker dead skin, just leaving the sore cracks and dry looking skin.
The very first time I put it on, I noticed it is a white thick cream that looks a bit greasy. It smelled a bit medicated rather than perfumed, and it rubbed into my skin quite easily though the skin looked quite shiny still. Immediately the patches that were just a bit dry looked really healthy and normal, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results, so I got into bed and left it to work without socks overnight in bed.
The next day I noticed that the carpet had some marks on, and where I had stood on the carpet after applying the cream, there were two heel prints where the cream had rubbed onto the carpet. This did rub off with a damp cloth, but is worth bearing in mind not to walk round without socks after applying it unless you want to clean up the mess.
Within a couple of days, my heels were looking fairly normal, and by the end of the week I would have not been ashamed to show my feet anywhere. I was certainly ready for summer even if it was not quite ready for me.
I was fooled then to thinking that my skin was good, and I stopped applying it every day, and within another couple of days I was back to looking at dry hooves.
Overall, it is a great cream, I found it pretty cost effective, but I was disappointed with how quickly my skin went back to being a mess without the cream. I guess I shouldn't blame the cream really.
In winter, I can't see me bothering with it, as my skin seems to fare a bit better wearing shoes and socks. I'll stick to a slick of vaseline every night as it is a lot cheaper.
However, in the summer months, I will keep on using this as part of my regular grooming routine as it saves a lot of time sloughing my feet, and a lot of pain when I can't leave it alone.
I might become a bit more lady like one of these days.
My feet have never been the most cared for part of my body and are very rarely treated and looked after. As such after a winter of being shoved in boots and things my feet are a mess! I took a trip to boots with the intention of getting lots of fabulous products for my feet but then I saw how much they all cost and decided to take it step by step! The first product I bought is the Scholl cracked heel repair cream.
The Scholl cracked heel repair cream comes in a small cardboard box which is predominantly blue with some yellow and white sections. All Scholl products I have seen have the same sort of packaging so it is easily recognisable on the shelf. The box tells me that the new advanced formula guarantees visible results in just three days so it sounded promising. The box also shows some severely damaged heels as part of a before and after shot. Now my heels were no way as damaged as those shown on the box but I thought the product sounded good and decided to give it a go!
The product boasts that:
87% of people report a visible improvement after three days
90% of people agree that it is fast working and works in just seven days
88% of people agree it gives soft, smooth and supple heels in seven days
Inside the box is a 60ml plastic tube of the cracked heel repair cream which is again white, blue and yellow. The name is written in various languages and we are told that the active repair K+ formula allows repair for rough, dry and cracked heels. Apparently the active repair K+ formula is scientifically proven to aid the body's recovery process by stimulating skin re-growth. The tube stands on its lid and so it is easy to just stand it on your dresser or something whilst it is in use.
It is recommended that you use this product twice daily for around seven days initially but it is also advised that once your skin has repaired that you keep up the usage so to maintain the new better condition of your heels. I used the product morning and night and the first time I used it I applied the cream after I had got out of the bath so the skin on my skin was soft and hopefully more likely to absorb the cream. I have to say that from the first application my skin on my heels which was dry and a bit cracked felt a lot smoother. I continued the application morning and night and by the third day I could see a visible improvement in the condition of my skin which is what the product claims to do. After seven days the heels of my feet were in much better condition but silly me stopped using the cream after the seven days and set about wearing sandals and things which just left my feet looking a bit rubbish again! I am now back on applying the product daily and I will continue to use this until the tube runs out before moving on to a more general foot cream which I already have at home.
The cream is a thick white cream which does have a smell to it but the smell is not too overbearing or anything so it doesn't put me off using the cream. It actually claims to be fragrance free but I can certainly smell something! The cream feels excellent quality and some what luxurious as you are rubbing it in to your heels as I think this is down to the thickness of it. I always rubbed a little of the cream in to my whole bottom of my foot as well as I thought it could do no harm and may help to make them feel softer too. My feet did feel a little better as well by doing this but my problem is that I have a lot of dried skin so I think I need some wonder product which will remove that before I focus on creams and things.
I have to say I am pretty impressed with this product. After just a few days the skin on the heels was looking much healthier and felt less uncomfortable as I walked around. As I mentioned they did fall a bit by the way side again due to the fact that I didn't continue to use the product after a week and I think that had I given it until the end of the tube my heels would be in tip top condition still. As it is I will continue to use this cream and will hopefully take better care of them in the future so to avoid having to purchase things such as this! You should not use this product on your feet if your heels are bleeding or infected and should obviously stop using it if you suffer any reaction.
I bought the cream from boots where it costs £6.49 but they currently have a promotion where by if you buy one foot care product you get a second half price which makes them more affordable if like me you need to buy more things to treat your damaged feet!
Thank you for reading my review!
If like me you spend the majority of your day on your feet then I'm sure you too suffer from cracked heels and hard skin which becomes somewhat painful if untreated. I know I should look after my feet better and moisturise them and rub away the hard skin daily but I simply do not have the luxury of time. I picked up a tube of scholl's cracked heel repair cream in superdrug and thought why not. Sure enough after just two days my heels looked and felt so much better and after the 7 days my heels were as good as new. Impressed so much by this product I decided to use it on all the areas of hard skin on my feet and now they are in tip top condition, I just use it once or twice a week applying before I go to bed and pop a pair of cotton socks on. Coming up to the nice weather this is the perfect product to whip your feet in to shape in minimum time with minimum effort what more can you ask for?
I have tried numerous lotions and potions on my feet to try and make them super soft and get rid of the dry and sometimes cracked skin on them but I have had trouble finding something that actually lives up to its claims. I do use a file on my feet but a file won't moisturise so this still means that I need something to try and curb the problem and stop it going worse.
I saw this product at a local Home Bargains store for the bargain price of 99p, I instantly noticed that on the box it said 'fast results, works in 7 days' and upon further inspection of the box I also saw that it said:
* Visible results in 3 days
* Relieves discomfort
* Helps prevent infection
* Fragrance free
* Dermatalogically tested
* Specially concentrated for the skin on the heel
* Suitable for diabetics and sensitive skin.
I figured I didn't have too much to lose by trying it at that price, even if it didn't live up to these claims. When I got this home I read the directions for usage; to use it twice a day on clean, dry skin and that once the skin is restored to then use it to maintain condition. Seemed simple enough to me, I was just hoping it would work!
Application of the cream was very simple; I buffed my feet to try and give the product the best starting point and then massaged the cream in. It's quite a thick cream but a little still goes quite a long way; it also had quite a medical smell to it and it certainly wasn't a great smell but I'd definitely give up a nice smell if the product did what it was meant to do.
It did take a while to soak in properly though, so make sure you have time to put your feet up so it soaks in properly - don't do what I did when I put it on in a rush, then promptly put on flip flops and went out (whilst in Malaysia) only to realise much too late that this was a VERY bad decision as my feet were slipping all over and out of the flip flops, thus making me lose my footing numerous times until the cream had finally soaked in/slipped off; it's a wonder that I did not fall flat on my face!
I could see and feel the difference almost immediately after I had applied the cream, I really didn't expect this as no other cream like this had helped even a small amount. My skin stayed looking like this all day, and I reapplied as directed in the evening.
The next day I noticed that my skin had actually improved quite a lot, it was by no means perfect but it was a start - and after only 24 hours. I was a bit naughty that day and only applied it the once as I completely forgot in the evening but that didn't seem to have any negative effect on the progress made by the cream. After forgetting that one time, I remembered every day to apply the cream and I have to say I was really impressed with the results.
The claim that there would be visible difference after 3 days was perfectly valid as there WAS a difference in my skins appearance; it also felt a lot nicer to the touch. After the full 7 days, my feet were probably in the best condition they have been in quite a few years; they still weren't absolutely perfect but they were getting there, so I continued to apply the cream twice a day as instructed for about an extra week when I noticed that most of the dryness and cracks had gone... only one crack remained, to be honest I think this is probably permanent damage due to having psoriasis maybe as my skin may not heal as well as it could do. The skin on the rest of my feet is also much softer since I've applied it as I decided that it wouldn't hurt to apply it all over, and it hasn't. :-)
Also, after seeing the results on my feet I started using this product on my hands which are dry because the psoriasis and it has really helped them too. Usually they're very fragile and can get cut very easily if knocked, this has improved after using the cream and also the redness and dryness has reduced a lot.
All in all I have been very impressed with this product, it hasn't made my feet 100% picture perfect - but then I never expected it to. I will continue to use it once a day to ensure that my feet stay in the better condition that it has got them into though and I have no hesitation in recommending this product to anybody who suffers from dry or cracked skin on their feet.
A quick tip: if you don't want to sit with your feet up whilst it soaks in, try putting on a pair of cotton socks as that will contain the cream a bit more; this is also good if you want to put it on before bed, and don't mind wearing socks through the night.
Scholl cracked heel repair cream-
I suffered with cracked heels in the summer for around 3 years before i decided to treat them, i had tried putting cream on with socks but never worked. The first got cracked heels after buying a useless pair of sandals and wore them all holiday which then caused my once soft skin to turn cracked and sore.
I decided to walk to my local tescos where i came across the scholl cracked heel repair cream, it was on offer for £4.00 instead of the usual price which i think its around £5.49.
Its meant to work in 7 days but visible results within 3 days, it does really work, i no longer have cracked heels or dry skin, and have been wearing sandals for the past 2/3 months due to the lovely english weather we have been having. I feel alot happier with the overall look of my feet will continue to keep using until the cracks are completely gone.
It a thick unlike a cream or lotion and doesnt smell of much. Its also meant to treat infections aswell so i suppoise you could use it on athletes foot or other dry skin conditions on the foot. Its suitable for sensitive skin. It does seem very chemical free.
My partner works as a plumber and had very dry hands and decided just before bed times to apply on his hands (may seem a little strange!) all the other creams had never got rid of the dry skin but he said within 3 days his skin was 95% back to their original state.
It truly is a miracle cream.
In an attempt to get my feet and especially my heels in a suitable condition for summer I rampaged around Boots a couple of weeks ago and took advantage of their current "buy one get one half price" deal on foot are products. The first product I bought was the Boots Gel Heel Socks (see my previous review... what a subtle attempt to get more reads and rates!) and the second product was some Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream. I vaguely remembered having used this cream in the past when I was browsing the shelves in Boots and, as I couldn't remember it being particularly bad, I decided to give it another go and so popped it in my basket!
The Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream comes in a predominately blue and yellow box which advertises not only the brand and product name but also the fact that it will produce "visible results in three days." The back of the box contains further information and also advertises the claim that "it is clinically proven to repair and relieve rough, dry and cracked skin." The tube itself is predominantly blue and white and it sits upright on a screw on and off white lid. Overall the packaging isn't particularly impressive but the colours do promote a clean, hygienic and somewhat cooling image of the product too which I think fits quite well with it.
Prior to applying the cream they recommend you file away any hard skin with a Scholl foot file, I'd argue here that any old foot file would do! The cream is white in colour and doesn't really have much of a smell to it at all; it's also more like a gel than a cream in that it's not really runny and is rather thick too. The cream itself should, according to the instructions, be applied once or twice a day to clean skin initially, after that you can use it as often as necessary to maintain the condition of your heels. I've been applying it every night now for about a fortnight and then putting on my Boots Gel Heel Socks to make sure it does the very best job it can!
When I first dispensed the cream onto my hands I was shocked at how greasy it seemed to make my hands. I then proceeded to rub it into my feet, it goes on quite thickly and creates an almost barrier between my heels and the air. It doesn't soak in immediately and you definitely need to wear some sort of socks after applying this product as otherwise you'll find your floors are stained by it! The heat created will also ensure that the product really penetrates into your heels as well. I also find that when I wash my hands I really need to scrub them as the cream seems to be water resistant and it clings to my skin rather than washes off easily.
* After one hour the cream had soaked into my skin although it was still evident when I touched my heels with my fingers. My feet looked healthier and hydrated already with the hard cracked skin on my hells not being as evident as prior to application.
* After one day of wearing this cream the effects that were reported above had all but disappeared, the skin didn't seem quite as bad but it was clear that the cream wasn't going to provide an instant and permanent result on my feet.
* After three days of using the cream and a foot file every evening there was definitely a noticeable improvement in the condition of the skin on my heels. It was slightly softer but the cracks were much less evident and had almost disappeared.
* After seven days my feet were almost unrecognisable! The skin on my feet was the softest it had ever been with there being no cracks on my heels and no dry skin at all, they almost looked worthy of summer flip flops and other shoes at this point!
In conclusion I can't recommend this cream enough; it's produced miracles on my feet and has completely removed all signs of my dry and cracked heels. The only downside is that it's not a permanent fix, my mum's been using it as well and stopped for a week when she went away during which time the cracks did start to come back very gradually. As such you would need to continue using this throughout the summer but my mum recommends just one every three nights is enough. It's priced at £5.99 for 60ml and I'd reckon that with daily application this would last me about four to six weeks in total. An absolute must have for summer feet!
Thanks for reading.
My feet have always been quite dry with hard parts around the heel and in the summer I like to wear flip flops or have bear feet which means that my feet are always on show. After seeing it advertised on TV recently, I thought I'd give this cracked heel repair cream by Scholl a try.
The cream is for cracked heels and rough or dry foot skin and, rather than being just a cream to soften and moisturise your feet, this cream is actually supposed to repair them. The pack says that it stimulates skin cell re-growth and builds a natural scaffold to boost skin repair.
I wasn't expecting to notice a difference after only the first time of using it, but I did - my feet felt softer and smoother. I've actually only used this a few times since buying it and already I can feel a big difference. It isn't the same as other moisturisers which simply cover up the problem by making them feel soft for a while, but it actually feels like this cream is breaking down the hard skin cells and getting rid of them.
The pack says that it should be used twice every day but I've only been using it once every other day and I've still noticed a difference. I occasionally use the JML ped egg before putting this on and this works even better.
The only thing I'm not so keen on is that it feels quite greasy and sticky when you put it on and, if you put too much on, the greasy feeling lasts for quite a while which means I can't get up and walk about!
I did think this was pretty expensive at first at £5.99 for a fairly small 60ml tube but I am really glad that I tried it now. This is the best foot cream for dry feet that I've tried and I'm definitely going to keep using it.
It's on offer in Boots at the moment in a buy one get one half price deal so, if you want your feet to look and feel lovely and soft for the summer, I'd definitely recommend trying this out.
I've really suffered this winter with cracked heels, which I've never done before. I spend a lot of time on my feet at work, and they were becoming rather uncomfortable. I tried a few foot creams, a foot file, and a number of foot soaks and scrubs, but nothing seemed to alleviate the condition.
I came across Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream in my local Semi Chem store for a bargain £1.99 for a 25ml tube so I thought I'd give it a go since I had pretty much tried everything else. The product claims to cure cracked heels in 7 days and shows a picture on the box of the before and after. I'm always sceptical of products which claim to have such amazing results in such a short time period, but I can say I'm really impressed with the product.
The tube is a bit like a regular toothpast style tube with a screw on top, nothing fancy. The cream is white, and has a really thick and creamy consistency. I have been using a pea sized amount for each heel. The cream is easily absorbed and it feels like there is a slight 'barrier' left on your heel, not unpleasant, it feels like it is protecting your heels from further drying out. The cream is almost fragrance free, I can only detect a slight 'soapy' smell, which is not unpleasant.
The directions for use are printed on the tube, and for best results, it is recommended to apply twice per day, which I have been doing for the last week. It also states that once skin is restored, continue use as necessary which I'm sure I will contine to do. The tube also has the ususal caution warning, stating for external use only etc. A point to note is, the cream should not be used on bleeding or infected cracks, and not for use by children.
This product is in no way a luxury product, meaning that there is no 'enjoyment' factor from using it, eg, amazing smell, fabulous packaging etc, it is just designed to repair cracked heels, nothing fancy, just doing its job.
The results? Well I can happily report that my heels are no longer cracked and uncomfortable. My socks just glide off my feet, they feel so smooth and, well, comfortable. The cracks are almost all gone, I can only detect faint lines on my heels, which is a 100% improvement.
The tube has lasted me well over a week, I'm going to continue use as a precaution until summer when my feet will eventually see the light of day. There is still plenty of product left in the tube I would say for at least another week of twice per day use.
I'll definitely buy this product again.
Like many women (and probably men) I suffer from cracked heels, particulary during winter when my feet don't really get much air. This can be an uncomfortable and unsightly problem and one that simple moisturising won't fix. But Scholl is to the rescue with its Cracked Heel Repair Cream.
You can buy the cream straight from the shelf of most pharmacies and supermarkets, and is usually kept near the First Aid section (in Boots it is, anyway). The box contains a tube of cream with a flip lid on it to stop the cream from going hard. The tube has 60ml of cream in it and it could cost you as much as £4.50.
Directions for use are to apply twice daily to clean dry skin, and the claim on the box is that your heels will be improved within just 7 days. I have tried this recommended application method and I most definitely did notice a very marked improvement within 7 days, so I can attest to its powers. The only trouble is that once I stopped using the cream, my heels went back to how they were before. So the downside is that you need to keep using it to maintain the improvement. Twice a day is probably a bit unnecessary once you have achieved your desired heels - once a day or once every two days is probably ok, purely for maintenance purposes.
The cream itself is white, and it smooths on quite nicely. It doesn't absorb straight away though and can leave your heels slightly greasy-feeling for a bit, so don't use it just before you put your shoes and socks on (although it won't do any damage if you do).
The only down-side that I can see really, is the cost. I do think it is slightly over-priced, but I suppose when you think about it as a medical cream then it doesn't seem so bad, and it certainly does the job.
Last Christmas i partied so hard in my trusty stillettoes that upon returning home i noticed my heels had started to bleed. Im not one to neglect myself so badley; i always make sure to apply moisturiser and wont go out without painted nails. However when it came to my heels i hadnt realised how much care they actually needed. I went to my nearest Boots Pharmacy and showed a pharmacist my battered footsies. she reccommended that i try Scholl heel repair cream. The packaging is typical of the scholl brand; eyecatching and dependable. The cream had a pleasent smell, if a little 'mediacted.' on that note i should mention that it cotains a mediacted formula designed to help heal the cracks in your heels. The cream squeezes out and is very thick ( i suggest plastering all over the feet and then put on cotton socks to help the cream absord fully into the skin and prevent it rubbing off anywhere else). As i mention the cream is very thick to apply but is a tad greay feeling which may not be suited to evveryone. i would reccommend this cream as i saw results after first use and it helped heal the cracks in a safe and effective way.
It is that time of year when I start to think about going barefoot around the garden, getting out the sandals and even wearing my trusty Fitflops again. That means that my feet, which have been encased in shoes or boots all Winter will be coming into view. Time to make sure I can show a clean pair of heels as I walk around the town I think.
I do love to find a product that helps when I have a problem to deal with and one that also lives up to its claims and I am pleased to say that Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream did exactly what they said it would, when they said it would and you can't really say fairer than that!
I saw the adverts for this product one Summer and it sounded good. As I had rather rough heels with quite a bit of dry skin I thought I would give it a try so when I saw it on sale in my local supermarket I popped it into my trolley and purchased it. It retails at around £5 for a 60ml tube so you couldn't exactly say it was cheap but I figured if it worked it would be money well spent.
According to the Scholl website "At around four times thicker than the body's average, the skin on the soles of your feet is strong enough to absorb the impact of some 3.5 million steps every year. This tough-for-task aptitude is particularly true of the heel - the first part of the foot to make contact with the ground when walking or running. This resilience, however, is also the heel's weakness. "
They go on to suggest that "Thick skin does not absorb or expel moisture easily and can be prone to dryness, which, if untreated, can lead to cracks. Heels are particularly prone to dryness and cracks in the summer, when we wear sandals and shoes which leave the heels exposed. Likewise, lack of moisture in the skin of the heel makes it less flexible. When the foot moves, rather than going with the flow, the skin copes with the stress by splitting and creating cracks."
It all sounds quite horrible to me and what they describe seems to be far worse than just my bit of dry skin - however it does look unsightly in sandals so for the Summer it is great if I can make it disappear.
The instructions suggest that you apply it twice daily to clean dry skin and then once the skin is restored just use as necessary. So that was what I did - the cream has a very thick and somewhat sticky consistency but it does apply easily. However as it remains on the heel for a little while it is a good idea to cover the area with socks until it is absorbed (or wear slippers) as it can make the feet quite slippery and it could make a greasy mark on the floor.
They say you should see an improvement within three days - but to be honest I started to notice a huge improvement after just one day - I expect they have to be conservative because it depends on how significant the problem is.
In truth I used it last Summer but then forgot about it for a while - I dug it out again the other day in preparation for an important event and just a couple of treatments gave the improvement I was seeking.
The main component of the cream is urea (which worried me a little so I did some research) - apparently our skin contains three Natural Moisturising Factors: Urea Lactic Acid and Amino Acids. One of the most effective natural moisturisers is Urea, which the skin makes from protein and represents 7% of the natural moisturising factor in the outer layer of skin. Urea is naturally present in healthy skin but when the skin is dry the level of urea in the skin is reduced. I was relieved to discover that - because so far as I was concerned Urea is a waste product of many living organisms, and is the major organic component of human urine!
I am hoping (and trusting) that the urea in the Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream is synthetically produced. However for those of you interested in weird facts I understand that in years gone by apprentice bricklayers were advised in Winter to pee on their chapped hands to relieve the discomfort. It would therefore appear that the healing properties or urea have been well known for quite some time!
Would I recommend it?
Yes - I must say I can recommend this product if you suffer from dry or cracked skin on your heels - it does seem to work effectively and quite quickly. It isn't cheap but a tube does last quite a long time.
Soothe and re-hydrate cracked heels /