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Every summer I suffer from cracked heels that not only look awful, but can be really painful too. With the recent hot weather I have been wearing flip flops and sandals exacerbating my heel problem to the point where I could hardly walk. A friend recommended that I try compeed dry and cracked heel overnight cream to help cure the problem, so off I went to my local Boots to buy a tube.
The cream is easy to spot on the shelf with its bright turquoise box showing a picture of a cracked heel. I was more than happy to hand over the £4.99 asking price and would have paid double in the hope of finding relief! Inside the box is a 75ml plastic tube with instruction leaflet. The cream is really easy to use and works best if applied before bed so it can work its magic overnight. The manufactures claim that the cream is non greasy and easily absorbed. I am happy to report that both of these claims are true! The cream should be applied to clean feet and gently massaged until absorbed. The cream can also be used on your nails, elbows and hands.
The cream has a subtle, pleasant scent although I can't say I can detect any scent once it has been massaged into my skin. The cream contains urea and lactic acid to help remove dead skin cells and add moisture to dry skin. It is also good to stop itchy skin between toes. The cream is not suitable for children under 12 and if you are diabetic it is advised you consult your doctor.
I have now been using this cream every night for about 3 weeks and my heels are much improved. There is still dry skin to the sides of my big toes but this is improving. My heels are no longer cracked and painful and I am happy to be able to enjoy this gorgeous weather with my reformed feet on show! I would definitely recommend this cream as it really does work!
I bought this Compeed Overnight Cracked heel cream from Tesco for somewhere around the £5 mark although on just checking their website they may no longer stock it. You should be able to get it from all good chemists. For example Boots are currently selling it for £4.99.
What do you get?
The cream comes in a dark green squeezy tube with a white cap and a picture of a foot on the front. The tube is enclosed in a cardboard box of similar colouring. There is 75ml of cream inside. It is a fairly thick white cream with just a slight fresh scent to it. It soaks into the skin quickly and easily without leaving the skin feeling greasy.
What does it do?
The cream is aimed at people with dry, rough and/or cracked heels. Although it is called an overnight cream it is recommended to be used both morning and night. This Compeed cream makes the very bold claim that 92% of women noticed overnight improvement. I tend to be a bit sceptical about such bold claims but I have to say after using this cream I am completely in agreement!
I always suffer from dry, tough and rough skin on my heels that occasionally crack and become painful. Other creams I have tried seem to give some instant relief only for them to look just as bad later on.
This cream however is the best foot cream I have ever used and I shall not be looking back. After the first night of using it my heels looked and felt smoother and within just a few days of morning and night use the skin on my heels was no longer white and dry and I would have been happy to wear my flip flops again.
I'm not very good at looking after myself so my poor feet do tend to get neglected but with this cream to hand I know I'm only a few days away from comfortable, smooth and flip flop worthy feet.
I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from dry skin on their feet.
Compeed Dry and Cracked Skin Cream is a wonderful invention in my personal opinion - we have discovered over the past few months and it is specifically designed to erradicate very quickly, the horrible problem of dry and cracked heels and feet.
This cost £5 for a 75ml tube from Boots but we got our Advantage points so that was a good incentive to buy it there.
The ointment is designed to work fast and effectively overnight, penetrating the dry skin and making it look plump, health and remoisturised the following day.
This is quite a thick consistency cream I feel and smells quite pleasant as it goes on the heels. It sinks in right away and does not leave your hands or your feet feeling at all greasy or sticky. It sinks in well and very quickly in my view, and I swear I could see a difference within half an hour of application - Yes, it reallly is that quick!
We used it for about a week each and by the end of the seven days we were pleasantly surprised with the results. Our feet were completely remoisturised.
My other half was particularly happy as they have excessively dry feet as they do martial arts in bare feet and the constant impact of the floor on the foot gives the horrible shards of peeling off skin which is really unpleasant to look at .
This stuff healed the foot perfectly and everyone at the club were also impressed with the results. A little on the expensive side but it works well so is worth it.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
From my experience I'd say there are two types of cracked heel -
1) The sort you notice by looking at areas of dry cracked skin around the heel area
2) The type of cracked heel which is so painful that you feel as if you are walking on needles and hurts so much you almost want to cry
Stupidly I told myself that what started out as the first could easily be sorted with the clever use of a foot file and some baby lotion/ foot cream/ baby oil - wrong! So, any Dooyooers who are currently suffering, I'd strongly advise forking out £3.79 for a 75 ml tube of Compeed because, in my opinion, it really works.
It comes in an easy- to- spot turquoise box with a 'nasty' picture of the dreaded cracked heel and it seems readily available at chemists as well as Tesco.
On the front it states boldly that '92% of women agreed there was an overnight improvement' - still wondering if it is only women who have cracked heels?!
The instructions on how to use are printed on the sides of the box as well as a list of ingredients. To be honest, I was in so much pain and the writing is so small, that I just squeezed out a rather generous amount and gently (no other way for me) patted onto both freshly washed heels.
I must have looked ridiculous with my legs dangling out from under the duvet but I didn't care - by this stage I'd have dangled them out of the bedroom window at minus 2 degrees as long as I got some relief.
I wouldn't say the relief was instant, but after an hour or so I noticed a real difference and I could actually put the weight down on my right heel without wincing.
The following morning I really DID notice a big difference and I could have skipped for joy! Why did I wait so long before trying this out? I'd gladly pay £37.90 rather than the £3.79 it cost to feel pain-free!
The cream itself comes out from the squeezy tube very easily as it's not too thick or runny. It has a faint, rather pleasant smell and id easily absorbed into the skin. The tube has a flip-top lid and a flat top/bottom so it stands upright which I like and there are clearer instructions and advice written on the side.
It's good for dry skin I've noticed because it seems to add moisture when you need it. eg when I had residue on my fingers after dealing with my feet, I rubbed it into my hands and they felt very soft the next day.
I've also used it around the cuticle areas, the back of my big toes and also around dry patches on my ankles and on my toenails - all with good results.
My father was diabetic and therefore had to extra care of his feet so I'm pleased to note that this product is suitable for diabetics.
- easy to find
- great price
- well packaged
- easy to use
- smells OK
- is not greasy
- absorbs into the skin quickly
- faster than expected results
Up until a few years ago I was an active competitor in local athletics, triple jump and running and towards the end of the season, particularly with being up and down wearing leather shows all day at work then training on an evening, I found myself getting my dry skin on my feet and a terrible case of cracked heels. I asked the club physio of ways to combat this and he gave me a pack of this and said "This will do the trick son".....and to my pleasure, it did!
The product is designed to remoisturise and heal areas of cracked skin on the feet but mainly the heel. Its applied to dry and clean skin before bed and then once again in the morning and states on the box it will have an instant impact and would fully recover a heel in under a month! I found it worked much quicker than that and was more than satisfied with the product. 75ml at £5 each is the rough price and this should last around 2 months depending on use. Its good value for money as the irritation that comes with a cracked heel is constantly irritating.
The box also sells this as a "non greasy" cream which obviously is essential as if wearing overnight you don't want to wake up with greasy sheets and having the majority of the cream rub off straight away. This is a fair claim as the cream, if applied in the right dosage, will sink in straight away. It doesn't cover the hands in grease when applying and it doesn't feel greasy on your foot. There's no burn or strong smell either so its really totally hassle free. It is quite creamy too.
You will notice the effects straight away, even after one days use my skin felt as if it was softening up and there was a real ease of the pain with cracked heels. After a few weeks for myself it was fully healed and as soon as signs start to reappear now, one quick dose and its gone again. Other Athletes at the club have used it and seen the same effect and even I have heard it works well on soles of the feet and the toe area.
Therefore I cannot recommend this highly enough as its an effective product that can revive even the most cracked skin!
Also on CIAO
From time to time I develop dry skin on my legs and feet and if my feet get too dry then the skin starts to form cracks which isn't nice or pretty. I did try boots own version but it was a balm instead of a cream and found it did help but was quite greasy, so I thought I'd give Compeeds Overnight cream a go!!
*Product and it claims
It comes in a blue tube with screw lid, inside a blue box which tells you how to apply the cream and the ingredients used. The cream contains a unique blend of Urea and Lactic Acid which helps to intensively moisturise and regenerate the damaged and dry skin. The cream is safe for diabetics to use as I recommended this to my mom and she's diabetic and has to be very careful with her feet. The cream needs to applied to clean dry feet before bed and again in the morning. Compeed claim that overnight you will see a difference in your cracked heels and that after 4 weeks it can fully repair severe cracked skin. It also deep moisturisers dry skin!!
The cream isnt runny or too thick. To me it's fragrance free, there's no overpowing strong smell to it. After making sure my feet are clean and dry I apply a good layer to my feet as they can get quite dry from time to time and I also apply some to the rest of my foot around my toes and the bridge of my foot. The cream straight away sinks into the skin and isn't greasy or gives you the feeling you need to wash the excess off your hands. I then do my own thing!! I find that after rubbing the cream in before bed if you then put a pair of cotton socks on ( I use cotton trainer socks) when you wake up in the morning the cream works better than not wearing the socks. I find the cotton socks helps the moisture to stay in and work more and by morning after the first night of application my feet are already not as dry as the crack is a little less noticeable. You do have to continue day and night if your heels are cracked somewhat but the way the cream moisturises you won't want to stop using it.
My tube that I have is 75ml and I purchased it from Boots for about £5. It has lasted me some time as you don't need lots of cream and it does spread and rub in.
I have always suffered with my feet, and since being diagnosed with diabetes the problems have only gotten worse. Having this illness means I have to take very good care of my feet; I have a numbness along the bottoms of both feet and this stretches to encompass the sides too so I tend to check for problems fairly regularly, due to the risk of a minor cut or abrasion becoming infected without my knowledge. I have noticed, over time, that my once fairly smooth heels are looking appalling. The skin feels thickened and cracks are not only appearing, but becoming rather deeper than I have the stomach to describe in any detail!
I wanted a specialised heel cream, yet in my experience the usually very reliable Scholl brand only makes a very greasy and heavy cream which is so terribly unpleasant to use that I discontinued it - I would much rather put up with dry cracked feet than horribly greasy and squelchy feet! I was browsing in my local chemist at the beginning of spring and saw that the Compeed range of foot care was half price, when I noticed their Overnight Cracked Heel Cream was priced at just £2.35 for a 75ml tube I snapped it up.
As it's an overnight cream I was expecting it to be heavy; it claims to be non-greasy on the box so I wasn't worried that it was going to be as awful as the Scholl heel cream I used but I was pleasantly surprised when the tube dispensed a light feeling cream, not unlike the texture of Germolene. There is a clean aroma to the cream, I can't detect a fragrance as such but think the understated creamy smell is perfect for this type of product.
Rubbing it into my feet is far better than using other, more 'medicinal' brands of heel repair cream. It's so light that I wasn't expecting it to have much effect on the extremely poor skin on my heels, it has a creamy texture which absorbs quickly into your skin and feels very moisturising almost from the instant you first begin applying it. Although the texture is creamy, I wouldn't exactly say that this is completely non-greasy as it does leave a very slightly filmy feel to your skin for a few minutes after you've applied the cream. This isn't unbearable, however, and the feeling does vanish quickly so thumbs up to Compeed from me for that. I popped a pair of cotton socks on to wear in bed as I didn't want my sheets to pick up any residue of the cream, and while this was worth doing because it helped the cream work more thoroughly it's not completely necessary due to the fact that there were no cream marks on my socks the following morning.
The first morning I remember being impressed by how much softer the skin felt on my heels; it's not a miracle cure so my skin was still as hard as mahogany, but I could certainly feel a difference by touch. I am convinced the cracking lessened from the very first application, and even if this isn't the case now (two months later) there are definitely less cracks and blemishes on my heels. They have lost their ashen appearance and now look almost as pink as the rest of my feet, this for me is wonderful as I do get terribly embarrassed about the condition of my feet and rarely wear backless sandals due to this. Yesterday, for the first time in eight years, I wore a pair of flip flops and while I was still annoyed at the sight of my bare big toes (I had both nails removed some years ago due to a nasty infection), I was aware that the overall condition of the skin of my feet was far improved.
I have actually been using this cream on the soles of my feet too as I suffer terribly with itchy dry skin in that area and it's wonderful when used this way too. The arches of my feet feel much more comfortable and the rough skin which was developing on the balls of my feet is slowly becoming smoother and softer. The cream doesn't tend to absorb into the soles as quickly as my heels but it's an easy and pleasant enough job to give my feet a nice massage while waiting for the cream to disappear, so this isn't a problem.
The active ingredients in Compeed Overnight Cracked Heel Cream are Urea and Lactic Acid. The urea works to give your heels the optimum level of moisturisation, which Lactic Acid is generally used in this type of product to replenish moisture lost through everyday activity. Blended together they create a type of 'super-moisturiser', with both ingredients working well with one another to provide an intense moisturiser - something which is only particularly needed for problem areas such as the heels.
Compeed Overnight Cracked Heel Cream is suitable for diabetics (not all foot products are) and there are no specific groups of people who would have problems using this product. Obviously if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or have been told to avoid certain foot care products then I would recommend you speak to a pharmacist before embarking on treatment, this is true of any medicinal product however and is certainly not a reflection on the suitability of this particular cream.
I have worked out that I have been using this cream for just under nine weeks now, there is still evidence of slight cracking so Compeed's claim that this cream will 'fully repair even severe cracks within four weeks' is not completely accurate. But then I didn't expect it to be. I am extremely happy with the condition of my feet since I begun using this cream, and as you need to only use a very small amount for each application I am still using my first tube - although it is coming to an end now and I will need to stock up again very soon.
I do a heck of a lot of walking, and my poor feet bear the brunt of it. Just lately, I have had real problems with my heels cracking, making it absolute agony to walk. I have tried several different treatments, including different creams and abrasive "cheese grater" files, but one product I have found to be really effective is Compeed Overnight Cracked Heel Cream.
The cream is a bargain, costing less than £4 for a big 75 ml tube. This is a lot cheaper than other creams of a similar nature, which usually retail at around the £6-£7 mark. It is available from the major supermarkets.
The cream comes in a jade coloured box, which contains the tube of cream. The box makes bold claims: "92% of women agreed overnight improvement". I'm not sure whether this problem is confined to women alone, or whether the product doesn't work on men, but it certainly intrigued me!
The box goes on to explain that the cream contains Urea and Lactic Acid as active ingredients. It says that the cream is rapidly absorbed with a non greasy texture and improves the appearance of cracked hhels overnight with full repair of even severe skin cracks in 4 weeks. It is also safe for diabetics and improves the appearance of nails. The cream is white and has no fragrance.
The first night I used it, I noticed that the cream had a lovely light texture, but it didn't feel as thick or heavy as other heel balms, such as Scholl. I wondered then, whether it would really be able to live up to its claims. The cream felt very pleasant to apply, and was absorbed extremely rapidly, which was a blessing, seeing as I was going to bed, and didn't want to get the sheets all messy! True to its word, the cream did not feel greasy at all, but my skin felt softened straight away.
The next morning I got up and my skin certainly felt less rough. It was as if all the rough patrches had been smoothed away. I did have a bit of concern though, as one of the cracks in my heel that had started to heal up, seemed to have softened and became very tender, as if the crack were opening up again. This almost made me feel like giving up on the cream, as I suppose I had expected instant results, but I decided to persevere and was glad I did.
After a couple of days, things started to get better, and after a week, there was a dramatic improvement in my skin, and it was comfortable to walk without fear of the skin cracking. The larger cracks were healing well too. I have now been using the product for two weeks and the cracks are almost completely gone, the improvement has been really dramatic.
This product really does what it says and is definitely worth persevering with. My skin feels a lot more comfortable and I can wear my sandals with confidence. This is one of the best products on the market for cracked heels. I also use it on very dry skin on my arms, too.
The cream is manufactured by Johnson and Johnson, andf made in the EU. The packaging is recycleable, and the product should be used within 12 months of opening. I estimate that a single tube would last a couple of months with everyday use.
This is a miracle product that comes resonably priced. I would recommend it to everyone who has a problem with very dry skin on their feet or other parts of their body, as it is soothing, softening and effective. Five stars.
Compeed Overnight Cracked Heel Cream contains a unique blend of Urea and Lactic Acid.Improve the appearance of cracked heels overnight*.Extra Moisturising Formula for dry and rough skin.