I have been in the hospitality industry for almost thirty years now after having gained a Diploma in hotel management at college. (Have never managed a hotel but that's by the by lol)
The one thing I remember one of my tutors saying is: "Look after your feet because you will be spending a lot of time on them." Oh my god was he right!!
Spending eight hours on your feet and covering many miles in one work session, you just cannot let your feet get in a mess or you would suffer a lot!
Over the years, my feet have served me well but the one thing I suffer with is cracked heels and hard skin. I've tried many different products, but none with any particular success. One year my hard skin was so bad that I made an appointment with a choropodist who removed all my hard skin for me. She finished with a moisturising lotion called CCS Foot Care Cream and said that it was the only thing she recommended as its the best foot cream on the market. I walked out of that place as if on air vowing to buy some of this magic cream. That was probably ten years ago and I am still buying it.
***What does it look like?***
The cream comes in a 175ml tube and is plain white with a dark blue and a lighter blue stripe. It says on the front that it is a Swedish Formula which is used by podiatrists, "To manage and help prevent dry and rough skin."
The cream is squeezed out of the flip top lid and is quite thick. It has a distinctive smell which I'm not quite sure how to describe. Its a nice, fresh, eucalyptus kind of smell but the smell doesn't linger.
***How to use***
The directions tell you to initially apply twice daily and then as required to keep feet in good condition. For best results, on a night, put some cotton socks on whilst sleeping. (Occasionally when I have bought this in boots, free socks have been included!)
The cream contains 10% Urea, the moisturiser found naturally in the body, is lanolin free and dermatologically tested.
Other ingredients are: Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Myrtrmonium Bromide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Limonene.
***How do I find it to use?***
As I said earlier, I have been using this cream for years which speaks for itself. I'm not religious about putting cream on my feet and only started putting cream on when my hard skin or cracked heels start getting worse. I usually squirt a generous helping into my hands and really massage the cream in all over my feet. not just the bits that need it. Immediately my feet feel refreshed and after a couple of days of usage, my feet are in a much better state. Ideally you would use this once or twice a week when problems with hard skin or cracked heels first rear their heads. I can't really fault it.
At the moment (11th May 2013) Boots are doing a buy one, get second half price offer for £7.99 which isn't a bad deal but it can usually be purchased on Amazon for less. Some might think this expensive and you can get other creams cheaper. I have tried most of them and keep coming back to this one because it works! Money well spent. 175ml tube lasts for several months obviously depending on how often you look after your feet!
This foot cream does what it "says on the tin" and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
I have been suffering with some dry and hard skin on my feet for the last few months since I used a really bad chemical exfoliating product on my feet which produced horrendous results. Since then I have been taking care to use foot creams regularly in an attempt to soften the skin and get my feet back to their previous healthy and soft state. Especially now that it is summer (supposedly at least!) I wanted my feet to look good again ready for sandals, flip flops and going bare foot.
I have tried a few different creams - some pretty effective and some quite useless - and all were from general body care brands, rather than being medical products. I then saw this CCS cream highly recommended by another Dooyooer Rosaliecullen a while back and I decided to try it. CCS is more on the medical and functional side of things rather than being a girly, pampering body care item, so I had never seen it in Boots before as I don't really look in that section, but based on the good reviews I thought it could be just the thing as what I wanted was simply something that works!
The cream comes in a very plain and functional looking white tube with a couple of blue stripes, with CCS foot care cream written on it. We see it is recommended by podiatrists. The tube has a flip top and it contains 175 ml which I think is a decent, fairly generous, amount. The cream is easy to dispense by just squeezing the tube.
The cream is quite thick and firm. It is white in colour. A fairly small amount goes a long way as it is very rich and intensively moisturising. It can easily be spread out and rubbed all over the feet. It does not absorb immediately and leaves some greasiness on the skin surface, as it is so rich. The tube recommends covering the feet with cotton socks overnight to allow the cream to be fully absorbed, and I usually do this. Sometimes I do just rub it into my feet and leave them uncovered, in which case it can take a good 5 to 10 min for my feet to absorb most of the cream.
The smell of the cream is quite neutral and not too strong. I would say it has a faintly medicinal smell with a hint of something slightly mentholy or minty to it. It is certainly not too girly and the cream could easily be used by either sex.
As far as the effects go, this cream does actually live up to its promises. It claims to manage and help prevent dry and rough skin. It also states 78% of consumers noticed a difference in texture and smoothness of feet after 5 days. I certainly noticed a difference after 5 days and I even started to notice an improvement the morning after I used this the first time - my feet were noticeably softer. Over the last few weeks it really improved my dry skin on my feet a lot, making them look quite healthy again. I also notice effects on my hands, as I get it on my hands when I am rubbing it in and it makes my hands feel so soft. It contains urea, which the tube states is the moisturiser naturally found in the body, aswell as glycerin which is well known for softening and also has eucalyptus leaf oil.
I think this is definitely the most effective foot cream I have used. A tube seems to last for ages but once I have finished this tube I think it is highly likely I will get it again.
My feet are generally quite soft and I am fortunate not to suffer with very dry skin on my heels. However, during the summer months when I wear flip flops and on holiday in particular, my feet can become very dry and normal body lotions just are not up the job. I have a friend who is a beautician and she heartily recommended CCS foot cream.
==What do you get?==
You get a 175ml tube of thick foot cream which squeezes out of the tube easily. The tube is upside down in nature (see the picture) so you can get the most out of it. As mentioned, the cream is quite thick and takes a while to rub in. I tend to rub it in and put socks on with it so that it sinks it really well (alternatively a plastic food bag (empty!) on each foot which works even better!). It it a heavy weight cream but that is why it works so well as it penetrates the layers of skin on your feet. The packaging is not particularly attractive, but really the product does the job which is the important thing. There isn't a scent to the cream which some people might not like, it just smells like any other unperfumed body lotion or foot cream. I personally don't mind that it doesn't have a smell but some people might prefer if it did.
== Value for Money==
Having just checked the most recent price on Boots.com, this retails at £7.49 for 175ml (interestingly it used to be £5.25 not two years ago....inflation!). The 175ml tube tends to last me all summer, so despite being a little pricy, overall it is good value for money as I only need to buy on per year.
==Does it work?==
Myself and my Mother have tried various foot creams over the years and found that this is the best we have found. If used as directed twice per day, it leaves feet feeling really soft. I think the dry skin on my feet can become completely soft, my Mum really struggles with dry skin on her feet, so although it isn't a miracle cure for her it definitely helps more than any other foot cream.
==Would I buy this again?==
I have bought multiple tubes of this cream and will continue to do so until anything better comes along. Right now, I think it is the best foot cream I have found and does the job in a simple uncomplicated way without any gimmicks or advertising to sell the product. A great little footcream.
Having VERY dry, calloused feet and cracked (till they bleed) heels, very few creams I have tried made the cut. This cream is recommended by many podiatrists as a good cream for dry skin suffers and is readily available on the high street. Having only used high street or medically advised creams (with mixed results), I was eager to see how this cream, recommended by both, measured up.
The white and blue packaging looks quite basic, which is not particularly attractive, but at least has clinical/medical connotations and is easy to spot on the shelf. I'm glad the product is designed with the lid at the bottom so the product is always easy to get out and I can use every last bit.
Lovely and thick, the white cream glides on easily but takes a couple minutes to sink in (which I like as I like to feel the cream has penetrated more than the top layer of my skin). This product is then best used at night and does not have a strong fragrance. A little goes a long way so it is best to spend a minute of so massaging/letting it sink in. It may feel too thick for some but it sinks in within in a few minutes for me.
It did make my feet feel soft and I did see an improvement in the condition of my calluses and cracks but I really see it as a maintenance product (e.g. one to use everyday to stave off any dry skin development) rather than a fixing product (which works intensively in a couple days to correct). I have been using this product everyday (two coats) for the last 2 weeks but my cracks still have not closed up even though my feet are now very soft. Obviously, this product would be excellent for people without cracked heels but for me that was not the case. Still, this product is well ahead of the curve and has become my everyday foot cream (still using a medicated cream when my feet get really bad) and so its value to me should not be understated.
At £7.49 for 175ml (boots price) it is more expensive than I would expect to have to pay for a foot cream. However, I would imagine that since other people would probably be able to get away with using it only a couple of times a week and I have found little that competes with it, I am wiling to cut back elsewhere in my beauty budget for this product.
Since I was in my mid twenties I suffered form a conditon called Lymphodema. This causes the lymph nodes not drain as they should. This makes my skin very dry to lack of circulation in them. I bought this cream while visiting my Podiatrist who highly recommends this for people with dry skin on their feet.
Comes in a 175 ml tube. The cream is for idividuals who suffer from rough and dry skin. This cream is used by professions i.e. Podiatrists. The cream works with the bodies own natural skin defences and is highly effective for rough and dry skin condition. It is lanolin free and dermatolocially tested for sensitive skin types. the cream if used twice a day will keep dry skin at bay.
Myself using it~
As mentioned before I suffer from Lymphodema of which makes my skin very dry indeed. The cream itself is rather thick but is not greasy atall. I find using a ten pence piece amount is plenty to use on each foot. Gently massage into the feet using circual movements then wear socks this helps it to soak into the skin. I apply the cream after showering and last thing t night. I have noticed a huge differance in my skin it is alot softer than it has ever been.
Available from Podiatrists or from boots costing around £5.99 a tube.
Coming up to the summer I realise how much harm I've done to my feet over the past few months! I've kept them cooped up in boots and socks and the likes and now I've bought sandals and flip-flops and went to put a pair on the other day and couldn't believe the rough skin around my heels which looked really unsightly so I nipped out to Boots and took a look at what was on the market and I was with a mate at the time and when she spotted this she told me to get it as she rates it very highly so get it...I did!
175ml white and light blue squeezy tube that has a flip top lid situated to the bottom of it which conceals a small hole. On the front of it I am told that it is CCS Foot Care Cream 'To manage and help prevent dry and rough skin' and that it is professional foot care and the size is stated (as I've told you already). Other information on the back of the tube includes being told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, ingredients and cautions are listed and contact details for E.C DeWitt & Co LTD are stated (the manufacturer of the product). It is a professional looking tube of product rather than pretty or anything like that so instills confidence on sight it's something that will work.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Tube:
Developed in Sweden, CCS'S professionally inspired formula's work with your body's natural defences to condition skin. CCS foot care cream is extremely effective in the control of dry and rough skin. It softens hard, dry skin helping to keep it soft and supple, and helps prevent further problems developing. It is lanolin free and dermatologically tested.
Directions For Use:
Initially, apply twice daily and then massage in as required, to help keep feet in good condition.
Well like I say my feet really were looking and feeling in a very bad way indeed so I did as directed on the tube and used it twice a day, in my case I used it in the morning and then last thing at night and then when I started to see the effects I then/now use it when I feel the need to.
The foot cream itself is white in colour and looks glossy in texture and of course is completely smooth to the touch. It has a light clean and fresh fragrance to it that to me smells slightly citrusy but it really is a delicate smell.
You don't need very much of this at all as a little goes a very long way indeed. I take a small amount into my fingers and massage it into my feet in small circular motions concentrating on very dry areas.
It feels rather greasy during applying it but it is cooling and really feels hydrating on the feet and it sinks in quickly and leaves skin feeling moisturising and supple and above all soft and healthy and smelling really fresh!
It really is a heavy duty cream of which a little goes a long way of it. It doesn't just have immediate benefits that you can feel but in the long term it really has softened feet exceptionally well and I have noticed that I don't have some much hard skin on my feet....what's more I have found that not very much has appeared of late and it's been kept at bay rather alot. It's a nice and deeply nourishing foot cream that is simply a very good skin treatment!
I paid £6.99 for my tube of cream in Boots though it is available in all good chemists and do look online for this if interested as it can be purchased alot there.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.