Dry Holiday Feet
One thing I can't wait to do when I get away on holiday is "lose the shoes" - I wear full shoes and socks every day and so it is an absolute treat to spend a whole week sock-free. During my holiday earlier in the year, this resulted in reaching the end of the week with terribly painful cracked dry heels so when I had a second holiday coming up I set out to find a product I could take with me to prevent the same thing happening again.
In the shop my choice came down to two things - a cracked heel repair cream, which I was really tempted by, naming the exact problem, or this Dry skin instant recovery cream. In the end I opted for this one as it seemed to be more of a preventive measure rather than waiting for the cracked heels to materialise before taking action.
As a matter of course I don't have the smoothest feet, so I knew I would get full value from this product, not just as a "one-off".
What attracted me the most was the primary claim on the front of the box - soft & smooth feet INSTANTLY. On the back of the box is more information which went a long way to influencing my decision to purchase, although this is very tiny font and really only of interest to anyone, like me, on the point of buying the product. This information includes "Do I have dry skin" whereupon it advises you how to tell if you have dry skin - not something I imagine most people would need help with, but just in case, it tells you that dry skin becomes rough and flaky which can look unsightly, and that dry skin can feel rough/coarse to touch. Well there you go, you live and learn!
More importantly there is then a section explaining how this cream is "different". This cream "exfoliates dead, dry skin cells allowing special moisture boosters to penetrate deep into the skin... and promote an effective moisture level. The result is an instant restoring, gentle softening and smoother looking effect."
If you prefer your facts presented in a more punchy manner, there are some useful pointers underneath the information including a stat that 85% of users would recommend this product.
The sides of the box includes the ingredients, information about Scholl, contact details and an assurance that the product is suitable for diabetics and those with poor blood circulation.
The tube contains 60ml of the cream, so it's suitable for carrying in hand luggage for holidays.
My experience of the product
My plan was to apply the cream every day before the dry skin reached crisis point and started to crack, and I started to do that after I'd bathed the night before we went.
The cream squeezes easily from the tube, it's white in colour and I used a small amount, about a 5p piece size, which proved to be enough for one foot, heel, ball and all around!
The smell of the cream was lovely - it reminded me of cocoa butter although there is no such reference among the ingredients. It's a lovely pleasing clean, fresh smell. The texture and consistency of the cream is soft and smooth, there is no graininess in there, which was something I was expecting in terms of the exfoliating claims.
It was really pleasant rubbing the cream in, and initially it seemed to absorb quickly. I thought I was imagining things when the balls of my feet really did seem to be immediately softer - and they were a little hard up to this point, but I wasn't - there was genuine immediate noticeable feel and appearance there. My heels which were already very hard did also feel moisturised but in honesty, no more than using any other foot or skin moisturising cream - no spectacular instant result. However, my nature is to be sceptical of huge claims (particularly "instant" claims) so this was not the reason for my purchase or my immediate expectation, and I was really impressed with this initial application.
The only problem was that after the initial absorption when the cream itself had rubbed into my feet, I couldn't get it to fully absorb into my skin. I carried on rubbing for a few minutes but even when I thought they were dry/fully absorbed, I went to walk on a laminated floor and felt for a moment as though I could easily have slipped. This has been an issue ever since. On holiday, our floors were tiled and it really was a matter of needing to have flip flops to had for the first few steps after application. However long I seemed to rub (without spending half the day) it just didn't seem to get to that point where my feet were fully safe to step on a tiled floor.
For the duration of my holiday I continued to use the cream every morning after my shower and again in the evening after a bath. The difference between my feet after this holiday in comparison to the previous one was certainly significant. There was no danger of cracking heels, yet the conditions in terms of weather and my footwear had been exactly the same.
Most remarkably, the balls of my feet ended the week's holiday smoother than when they started it, as I had only started to use this cream the night prior to my holiday. That was something I definitely wouldn't have expected. The difference in smoothness of my heels is no better, but then more importantly, it's no worse. I would have to be honest and say that the normal dryness of my heels - or at least how dry they have become over the years - would probably put them into an "extreme" bracket, and this product doesn't claim to be a miracle cure for extreme conditions.
I've been trialling a few products for Bzz recently as an Agent, one of which has been the Scholl Instant Dry Skin Recovery Cream. I felt I was the perfect candidate for this tester - I tend to walk around the house a lot in bare feet and wear flip flops through summer (as well as pumps in winter) and because my feet are flat to the floor, they always seem to build up dry skin, particularly around the heel, big toes and balls of my feet. I also love wearing strappy sandals on summer nights and for this reason, I really want the dry skin to disappear so it's not on show. I received a box from Bzz with a full size tube of 60ml, as well as a few sample sachets of the cream. The cream normally retails in Boots for £5.99 for the same sized tube.
The cream packaging advises to apply the cream to dry and clean feet, which I have done for nearly four weeks. The application is messy and this has been a downside. The cream is quite oily - it's white when it is squeezed from the tube and then appears clear once rubbed in. The tube does help with the application though as it needs a firm squeeze to release the product. Because of the oily nature, I've found it quite greasy to touch and my hands always need to be washed afterwards to remove any excess. This contradicts the claim on the box of being non-greasy, I just haven't found this to be the case at all. It feels very greasy when it is first applied, although this feeling subsides after a few minutes. I find that it's a case of a little goes a long way with this. lt rubs in well to the areas I've targeted (heels, big toes and balls of my feet) although I've always found that there's a bit of excess regardless of how much I squeeze into my hand - it's only a pea sized amount that I use for each heel but there's still a little excess. In terms of this, it seems reasonable value as a tube would last a long time. After 4 weeks, I still have plenty left.
I've got to wait a few minutes before jumping up to walk about again, otherwise I feel like I'm sticking to the floor and a small residue is left on the floor, I assume because of it's greasiness. This is a bit of a pain but after a couple of minutes I find it's soaked in enough to move about again.
I've noticed a difference with the dry skin on my feet. The skin is definitely softer - it doesn't look or feel half as rough as it did and has given good results. I have to disagree with the claim of the cream working after one application, I've not found this to be the case. My good results have been based on using it over weeks, rather than just 1 day. I did start to notice an improvement after a couple of days but I definitely wouldn't say it gave instantly soft and smooth feet as the packaging states. I have applied it once per day, so I would agree with the cream lasting over a 24 hour period.
It hasn't eliminated the dry skin completely - it is still there in a slightly smaller capacity so don't expect it to just disappear, but this isn't really the intended purpose of the cream - the box uses the words 'smoother looking effect'. It has reduced the appearance of the dry skin and made the skin softer - as a result I would say that now I'm able to wear strappy heels without worrying about showing dry skin. I don't feel it would be noticeable to others unless they looked closely. The results are good but I don't find that the results match all of the claims on the box.
I would recommend this cream to others, but with caution. I rate the cream 3 stars, with the messy application and the instant results claim taking a star off each. The messy application is a negative but I feel that it's been worth putting up with because the results I've experienced have been good and definitely helped prepare my feet for the summer months (when hopefully I can start wearing my flip flops again!). I've just found that this result has been achieved over more time than is claimed on the box.
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I suffer from dry hard skin on my feet and this winter made the dry skin all the more persistent. I have tried many products in the past which have given results over a period of time but nothing has worked as quick as Scholl Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream. The first time I put the cream on, my feet felt instantly soft smooth and hydrated. The cream smelled great too. I used it every day and followed my usual routine of removing the hard skin with a foot file and pumice stone and the results have been amazing. There are no dry patches on my feet and my heels are now smoother than they have been in months. The only slight negative was that I had to use a pretty large dollop of cream each time (per foot) as my skin was quite dry. Overall I love this product, I've now got summer ready feet! I received this product free from Scholl.
I was sent a free tube of this to try as part of a bzzcampaign. I was particularly interested in trying this product as I have had a very persistent dry patch of skin on the sole of my foot for some time - it started as a blister from some new and painful shoes, and it never quite recovered, though I had been applying various moisturisers to it. I will confess I hadn't purchased anything specifically for use on the feet though - I didn't see that the skin there was particularly special.
However, I was soon put right on that - apparently the skin on your feet is up to 20 times thicker than it is elsewhere, and naturally, that means the skin is 20 times harder for a moisturiser to penetrate. However, according to the information I received with the product 'Scholl Dry Skin - Instant Recovery Cream provides deep-down nourishment for the hardest-working skin on your body -- you should experience an immediate 80% boost in hydration after you apply it.'
It comes in a nice flat topped tube allowing it to be stood neatly cap down, and a squeeze dispenses a thin line of the white cream, which doesn't really smell of anything at all. The cream itself is very thick, and not at all runny, but does smooth out easily to cover the soles of your feet. It doesn't sting on dry broken skin at all, and I will say that yes, my feet did immediately feel more hydrated after application, though part of me argues that that immediate effect could just be residue of the cream that hasn't sunk in yet. I was reserving judgement.
However, I applied this after a shower, just before bed, and there was no denying that my feet felt a little softer in the morning. The dry patch hadn't vanished overnight, of course, but over the course of two weeks of twice daily use, I have to say it is barely noticeable any more, and my feet in general look a lot nicer. I do feel that on occasion it doesn't absorb too well into the skin, such as immediately after a shower or bath, but on the whole it is pleasant to use, and seems over the course of the last two weeks to have made my feet much less dry, and generally nicer feet to be around!
I received my tube for free, but it normally retails at around £4.99 for a 60ml tube, which seems reasonable, with a tube lasting almost a month if applied twice daily. Overall, I'm very happy with this product, and award it 4 stars.
As a busy mum of 2 I rarely get time to pamper myself. I usually think my feet have had "a good day" when they've been washed with moisturising shower gel instead of soap, so needless to say they were long overdue a bit of TLC.
I only recently started noticing the dry skin on my feet, but always figured "I'll moisturise tomorrow"
Tomorrow finally came when I was sent this Scholl dry skin instant recovery to try from Bzzagent.
My first thought is that the box is "ok" its bright but a bit boring. It would catch my eye on a shelf, but I don't know if it would be good enough to make me buy. Although the promise of instantly hydrated skin sounds like a winner to me.
Anyway I did my usual pampering of my feet (wash and dry) and then I gave them a real treat.... scholl dry skin recovery cream, I thought they'd love it....
I was wrong.
The cream felt nice while rubbing it in, but it takes A LOT to rub in, maybe I put too much on but I couldn't seem to rub it all into the skin. The smell wasn't that pleasant either, I had no choice but to wash my hands after rubbing it in.
After washing my hand, slipping on the bathroom floor and getting into bed, I found my foot felt very greasy/oily. A small price to pay for nicely hydrated feet?? right?
I have been using the cream daily for over a week on one foot, I left the other foot un-pampered to see the difference, and quite frankly there isn't much difference in hydration. It is slightly less dry, but no where near the immediate 80% increase in hydration. I am slightly disappointed to say the least, especially as it retails at £5.99 for a small 60ml tube.
cons...bad smell, doesn't absorb well, slippy, greasy feeling, expensive
pros...slight increase in hydration, my feet enjoy been rubbed...
I don't think I will be buying or using this cream again, I am sure I can get the same results from a cheaper cream which smells nicer.
Before starting this review I would like to thank anyone who has mentioned in the past the company Bzzagent ( a company that provides products to people, to try out and test, in return they must spread the word about the product and their experiences through friends, family, different social networks such as Facebook ) Its not a company I have heard about before, but due to afew people who have mentioned it ( sorry, cant think of specific names off the top of my head! ), I have signed up with them and this is one of the products I have been sent within the last few weeks. So thank you guys! Obviously not a product I paid for but is readily available e.g supermarkets, and on average costs around £4.50 for a 60ml tube.
How is it packaged?
The product comes in a 60ml plastic tube with a flip top lid that once opened product can be squeezed out. The ' Scholl ' logo is at the top of the tube and underneath the product name which is Dry Skin Recovery Cream. The colouring on the front is white, yellow and blue.
On the back it has directions for use and company contact details. Once opened product has a 12 month shelf life.
The tube itself came in a rectangular cardboard box. Same colouring as the tube. On the front it tells you what product should do to the feet, on the side contact details and how this product is safe for people who suffer from diabetes and on the other side ingredients listing.
Aqua, Glycerin, Urea, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sucrose Distearate, Petrolatum, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium PCA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Allantoin, Diglycerin, Sorbitol Lysine PCA, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool.
How to use
Apply to clean and dry feet. Gently massage into the skin, but pay more attention to the dry areas.
What is this product supposed to do?
Its supposed to exfoliate dead dry skin cells which then allows the moisture from the product to penetrate into the upper layers of the skin. This should give feet a more healthy look, smoother and softer in touch.
How did I find it?
Firstly, I have seen Scholl products before in the supermarket/chemists. Its never been a product I have been interested in as I have associated the range with slightly older people because it comes across ( well-has done in the past for me! ) alittle old fashioned, and not a luxury item to use but more a necessity for people to use if they had problem feet.
The product itself is white in colour, and quite a rich texture. Not too thick where you would find it a struggle to work into the feet. At first I didn't think this product had an aroma as I couldn't smell anything. As I was working it into my feet I kept thinking' What was that smell? '. Then I realised it was the foot cream. Very sweet, quite young in smell and uplifting. Some floral notes in there somewhere. Not very strong when using it so very delicate and enjoyable.
The product sunk into the skin very well, didn't feel it needed to be worked in too much. Feet looked fresher and alittle more healthy but more so on the heel area. I am someone who is always running up and down with the children, constantly walking everywhere and anywhere, and my chosen footwear tends to be boots. So my feet get tired, and very dry on the heel area. More so because I don't have the time to give myself a full pedicure when needed, which means the back of my feet can look rough indeed! The heel area looked mositurised, and even after wearing socks and boots and walking around the world, once taken off afew hours after my initial application they still look to be in a decent condition. Not exactly how they were when cream was put on, but a lot less dry than usual so definitely an improvement.
Would I go out and buy this? Yes I would. But me being the bargain hunter I try to be, would buy if the price was less as nearly £5.00 for something to rub on my feet and the size it is, would need to be more cost effective. Packaging to me still looks alittle dated, giving the product a more medicinal prescription feel to it rather than giving the impression of an everyday pamper product. Its very hydrating, easy to use, gives the skin on the feet an instant boost which lasts afew hours later. Generally improves the condition of my feet. The fragrance I absolutely adore, in fact if it was stronger I would be more inclined to want to use it all over myself. It makes a nice change to have a cream for the feet that doesn't smell minty and fresh in that kind of way.
I tend to get quite hard and dry feet, I couldn't tell you why, but I do. It's not my whole foot, just the heel and near my big toe, and it's not extreme, just quite hard and dry compared to the rest of my foot. It doesn't normally bother me, especially in the winter when they're hidden under a couple of pairs of socks but during the summer, it's nice to be able to wear sandals and open toe shoes without feeling concious of my manly feet. I opted for Scholl as it is a well known brand which specialises in foot care. They do a large range of products from moiturisers, foot files and plasters. I've tried moisturisers in the past which have worked well on my body, but not my feet so I was willing to pay the £5.99 for a 60ml tube if it was going to work.
This product is aimed at dry, flaky skin which gave me hope as my feet hadn't quite reached the flaky stage. The product claims that it will moisturise the feet and make them softer after the first application.
The product comes in a box with the Scholl logo on the top in large white letters. All of the Scholl range has the same blue and yellow colour scheme making it easy to spot in a store. The box has some information about the product and how you use it on the side. Inside the box is the 60ml tube, similar to a large toothpaste tube with a flip lid.
Like I do with body moisturiser, I applied this after a bath where I'd made sure my feet were nice and clean. I applied it whilst my feet were still a bit wet as I was told this makes moiturising products soak into the skin better producing better results. I used a walnut sized amount which I rubbed between my hands and massaged into each foot. I put it allover, focusing more on my dry spots and ensured it was thoroughly rubbed in. The cream is white and has a slight scent to it but nothing really noticeable. It's quite a good consistency, not too runny so it goes everywhere but not too thick so you can't rub it in properly. It rubs in nicely and began to soak in quite quickly without leaving my hands or feet feeling greasy or sticky afterwards. I found the flip lid made it easier as you can close it without fussing with a screw top lid. I used the product just before bed so I wouldn't be on my feet wiping the cream off on my socks.
After the first application, my feet did feel softer and look a little better. I continued use of an evening for a few days and the change to my feet was really noticeable. They not only feel softer but you can see the skin around my heel looks smoother and much healthier, and the same near my toe. It also moisturised the skin that isn't dry like my sole and ontop of my foot so the whole of my feet felt nice and soft and looked rather good. I was impressed as I'd only used it four times and had got pretty good results.
It only takes a couple of minutes of an evening to put a bit of this moisturiser on and the results are definitely worth it. I've still got half a tube left as I haven't been using it since it has got so cold as my feet are firmly wrapped in socks or slippers at all times but when the summer returns, I'll definitely be getting the cream back out. Although I haven't used it for about a month or so now, my feet still aren't as dry as they were before I'd used the cream. It's a bit more pricey than I'd normally pay but it is definitely worth it as it actually works. I don't know how well it would work on very dry or cracked skin, but it's worked on my dry skin a treat. You can get this from Boots, Superdrug and probably big stores like Asda and Tesco's too.
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I hate feet, and think they are horrible, how-ever I do like to try and keep my feet looking as nice as possible especially when we are blessed with beautiful sunny weather which means I get to wear opened toed shoes and flip flops. I have always taken good care of my feet; how-ever recently I noticed on foot I have a fair amount of dry skin which is rather unsightly. It's actually located around the ball of my foot so it can't really be seen, how-ever I still know it's there and I wanted to do something about it so whilst I was in my local Boots store I decided to check out the range of foot care products. The most popular products were Scholl as they had a very large range of products to choose from so this I the brand I decided to go for. I knew Scholl was a well-known brand and I have purchased their products before so I thought I would give some new products a go (plus it's a great chance to write a review about them too!)
This product is new to the Scholl range and is called Instant Recovery Cream. The product is especially for dry, flaky skin on the feet which can look unsightly. Feet become like this when moisture is lost and this can be due to wearing open toed shoes as feet loose moisture then. The foot cream contains an innovative Deep Hydrate formula which exfoliates dead, dry skin cells, allowing special moisture boosters to penetrate deep into the skin and promote and effective moisture level. This results in smoother softer skin on the feet. This product claims to soften feet with one application and give long lasting 24hr intensive moisturisation. The cream is non-greasy and is quickly absorbed.
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The product comes in a tube which is then packaged into a box, I'm not really sure why as I think it's a waste of cardboard, how-ever it can be recycled which isn't too bad. The box is the typical Scholl colours in bright yellow and a deep blue colour. On the front of the box it states that the product is made by Scholl and is new. The box also states that the product is Instant Recovery Cream for dry feet and that it softens and smoothes feet instantly. On the side of the box is contact information for Scholl and a bit of information about Scholl. It also states if people with diabetes and poor blood circulation can use this product. On the back of the box is some information about the product itself and how it works. There is also some information on how to use the product. The tube inside the box is again a bright yellow and deep blue colour and it states on the front what the product is. On the back you will again find information on how to use the product, this is in a range of different languages. The tube stands upright on its lid which is white in colour and flips open so you can dispense some cream easily.
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I purchased the product from my local Boots store £5.99; this is for a 60ml tube of the product. I did purchase this product along with other healthcare products and these were in the 3 for 2 offer.
Using the Product
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Apply the product daily on clean, dry feet. Gently massage the cream into the skin concentrating on particular areas with the dry skin. For best results use with Scholl Dry Skin Exfoliator.
I did actually use the Exfoliator product before applying this one; how-ever I don't think it made a huge difference to my feet anyway. I flipped open the lid and squeezed a small amount of product onto my fingertips. The cream was white and slightly glossy looking; it didn't seem too thick as it came out of the tube. I massaged the cream into the skin taking extra time over the areas where I had dry skin. The cream rubbed in really well and it felt smooth and soft as I rubbed it in. You only need to use a small amount of this product as a little goes a long way. After rubbing the cream in I had a look to see the results. The cream had a very light perfume smell to it, but this wasn't very strong and was very, very light.
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The cream had already made an improvement to the way my feet looked. You could no longer tell there was any dry skin on the bottom of my feet and they looked moisturised and had a slightly brighter look to them. I was how-ever unsure whether the effects of the cream would be long lasting or not, so I decided I would also check the results in the morning as well. When looking at my feet in the morning particularly the one with the large amounts of dry skin on, it certainly didn't look as dry as it normally would, how-ever you could still see that it was slightly dry. I re-applied the cream the following morning and would check the results again later in the day. I checked my feet during late afternoon/early evening and my feet were looking so much better than what they had done. There was a lot less dry skin showing on my foot now and my skin fell smooth and moisturised.
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This product is fantastic and really lives up to its claims. I have tried so many different products on my feet to try and get rid of the dry, flakey skin and haven't had much success. With just one application, there was a significant difference in the appearance of dry skin. I have been really impressed with this product and as you only need to use a little bit to go a long way the tube is long lasting as well. As soon as I have finished using this tube of product up I will definitely be buying some more. If like me you have or are suffering from dry flakey skin on your feet then I highly recommend this product as it works so well. I can't fault this product in anyway and give it a full 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
The experts at Scholl have developed a special foot skin care cream / Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream.; It contains innovative Deep Hydrate formula, which exfoliates dead, dry skin cells, allowing special moisture boosters to penetrate deep into the skin (upper layers of the epidermis) and promote and effective moisture level / The result is an instant restoring, gentle softening and smoother looking effect / Benefits:; / Intense moisture boost / Instantly soft and smooth feet with only one application / Non-greasy & quickly absorbed / Long-lasting / 24 hour intensive moisturisation.