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I have used numerous brands of foot creams and balms over the years and they do help to soften the skin but my problem is that I don't use them often or for long enough so that just as they start to work then I put the cream away for another few weeks so that the work that it has started to do just goes back to where it started. I do tend to get a hard flaking skin on my feet which is unsightly and it can itch and get quite uncomfortable if it gets too much, and it looks cracked and can feel rough to the touch.
I bought this Dr Hauschka fitness foot balm online from Amazon for £5.00 for it which is good as the recommended retail price is £8.95 It comes in a 75ml white tube with a red stripe and it gives you the ingredients and instructions for use, and that it can provide moisture for your feet for twenty four hours. The cream is white and fairly thick but it squeezes easily out of the tube. It does have a subtle smell which is fresh and clean and it would be suitable for both sexes as it isn't really perfumed or feminine.
To use I will squeeze a small amount onto my fingers and then rub it around my heels gently. It feels soft and silky when it is being rubbed in and it spreads well and absorbs quickly into my skin. I often put my socks or shoes on almost immediately after using the cream and I don't get any sticky feelings as the cream really does soak in well. I will obviously use it more in the summertime when my feet are on show as there is nothing worse than seeing hard cracked skin on your heels.
When I am using the cream my feet definitely look and feel better so I really should use it more often as the hard skin can build up quickly. I have used many other brands before but I do like this Dr Hauschka one as it is a nice thick consistency, it absorbs well and more importantly it does smooth over the cracks! You really only have to use a small amount and it seems to go a long way so can work out better value than cheaper ones where you have to use a lot more cream. I love the feeling this cream gives me and would recommend it as a good quality foot cream which really works.
I bought this because I suffer from dry feet and when I have been walking or on my feet for a while they feel sore and rough. I needed some form of moisturiser for them. I had already used this brand for hand cream previously and really liked it so I decided it was time to try the foot cream too.
Dr Hauschka create skin care products with a medical background and with natural ingredients and so I like the theory behind them. I haven't got any of their other products though as the prices are a little more than I normally pay. This particular product cost £15 for 75mls.
It comes in a white tube and has a flip cap. The cream is easy to get out of the tube by just giving it a little squeeze. It is quite a soft consistency so it rubs into the skin well. I tend to have sore patches on my heels and these are particularly sore in the summer after walking for a while. I put the cream directly onto these points and it soothes them rather quickly. It absorbs fast into the skin. I normally leave it about 10 minutes before putting my socks back on but this is only really an excuse for a rest as normally it feels like it has absorbed within about 3 minutes.
It has a very slight fragrance to it which doesn't smell fake, just a nice, subtle fragrance of fruits and it's lovely.
The effect? Well I find that after applying this my feet feel soothed and the roughness isn't quite as bad. if I apply this daily for about a week then the rough patches of skin are usually nearly all gone which is brilliant. I haven't tried another brand for a while so I don't know how it compares but for now I am quite happy with this brand and I'm pleased I bought it.
During the summer months I always suffer from dry skin on the bottom of my feet and no matter how much cream I seem to moisturise in it just keeps coming back! I'm sure if I committed to doing it every night I wouldn't have these issues but, despite having the best intentions every year, I always seem to neglect my feet. As my friend gets Dr Hauschka products for free to try (a perk of her job as a beautician at a rather nice salon) she always gives me any spares she gets (in return for a glass of wine on a night out)! The latest one I was given about three weeks ago was Dr Hauschka's Fitness Foot Balm. The brand if still a fairly new one and, as I've mentioned in previous returns, it produces its products by focusing on the idea that the body, soul and spirit as being connected. They use plants and herbs to balance and harmonise the body, soul and spirit so the three are at one with the others in a sense. They offer a range of face care products and body care products which are made with raw ingredients and have celebrity favoured prices attached to them as well!
Now when I first received this product I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, what exactly does a Fitness Foot Balm do? Imagine if by simply applying this to your feet it equated to do thirty minutes solid exercise... unlikely I know but it would possibly be the most popular product to ever hit the beauty markets! Sadly it doesn't have any properties similar to this and is more of a foot cream really. Apart from the name I can't actually see what sets this apart from your normal foot balm or foot cream, the exercise bit doesn't really change it in any way. It comes in a white tube which sits upright on a white circular lid, it's really quite clinical looking which doesn't really sit right with the high brand prices in my opinion. The brand and product name are clearly written on the front with a red band running around the base of the tube. The balm itself is fairly standard in terms of consistency of a foot cream, similar to a hand cream, and is off white in colour. It has quite a nice smell to it, quite plain overall but with slight hints of aloe vera and also mint as well which I rather like.
The brand recommends that you should lightly massage the foot balm into your feet after exercise or alternatively at the end of a long tiring day, making sure to get it in between your toes and all over the backs of your heels as well. The first time I used it instantly cooled my feet and soaked in quite quickly without leaving them feeling sticky at all. I let it soak in for about two to three minutes before putting socks on and at that point it had fully absorbed into my feet. I could also faintly smell the mint on my feet as well which I really liked. After using this every night (well... almost!) for a fortnight I have noticed that my feet are noticeably softer and that my dry skin was reduced quite a lot. The only downside I've noticed is that since I've run out (sadly my friend only gave me a little bit in an old tester tube) my feet have quickly returned to their previous state of being rather dry again, so it's not really going to cure any dry skin issues unless you continue to use the product.
A 75ml tube of Dr Hauschka's Fitness Foot Balm will set you back £15.95 according to the recommended retail price suggested by their website. However I have found it a little cheaper on Amazon (£14.70) and a site called Bath & Unwind (£11.96). Personally I would fully recommend this product as a cooling and moisturising foot cream... if it was about £10 cheaper! However I can't really justify the price as I didn't find it any better than other foot creams I've used which have cost less that half of what the Dr Hauschka Fitness Foot Balm retails at. I'm giving it three stars as it does do a good job, but sadly it looses two automatically for the very high price!
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Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Lanolin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Spinosa Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bentonite, Lactose, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Xanthan Gum, Lysolecithin, Propolis Wax / Thanks to its creamy consistency, Dr.Hauschka Fitness Foot Balm penetrates quickly into the skin to offer excellent intensive care for feet and in particular dry feet / Massage in after workouts to leave your feet moisturised and cooled / Features: Dr.Hauschka Fitness Foot Balm moisturises dry feet / Softens calluses / Soothes irritated feet / Cools feet after exercise / Directions for use: Apply Dr.Hauschka Fitness Foot Balm after exercise or at the end of a long day / Lightly massage into your feet taking care to apply it between your toes and round the back of your heel / Hints and tips: Dr.Hauschka Fitness Foot Balm penetrates the skin very quickly and is a very rich, creamy consistency / When your feet are tired after along day or are particularly dry and rough, the Fitness Foot Balm is especially effective at softening and protecting your feet / The healing qualities of the St / John's Wort will soothe the irritations / Treat your feet / Fill a bowl with warm water and add some Sage Bath / Soak your feet and feel the tensions melt away / Dry your feet and gently massage in the Fitness Foot Balm / Ensure that you keep your feet warm afterwards /