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I have really hard dry skin on my feet and though at this time of the year it doesn't matter too much as my feet are covered up with woolly socks and boots, I still like to try to keep my tootsies looking as good as I can, so that when summer (finally) does arrive, I will be able to slide my feet into a nice pair of sandals without feeling totally embarrassed.
I try all sorts of foot creams and usually I opt for using Body Shop product. However, lately I have been using Flexitol Moisturising Foots cream which I buy from Tesco whenever I pop in there. Unfortunately, my particular branch of Tesco only seem to stock really tiny tubes of this foot cream, 85g tubes, to be exact, and though I don't need to use a lot of this cream, it still means I have to replace it fairly regularly as I use it about twice per day. This size tube costs £2.99 though I'd be interested to know if it comes cheaper in larger containers. I have yet to find another supermarket that stocks it, however.
This cream is plainly packaged and is white in colour and quite thick in consistency. It has a 'homely medicinal smell' to it - sorry, that's the only way I can describe it. It seems quiet oily and gloopy when it is first applied but it sins in well into my feet and I would say that after about four to five days (when applied twice per day) that this cream works wonders. My feet are most definitely smoother and feel softer and there is no need for me to keep on attacking the soles of my feet with my pumice stone any more. I apply it last thing at night before bed (and wear socks of course) and the following morning I feel like I have feet as soft as a newborn baby!
The instructions I have noted, also state that this can be used on dry skin on other parts of your body, and though I have tried it on the shins of my legs, I have yet to try it anywhere else. It sinks into the skin rapidly and really hydrates and moisturises wonderfully.
I would really recommend this to anyone who suffers with dry hard skin on their feet. I also think it's not just for women and that as it's so lightly scented and doesn't smell 'feminine', that men would also be able to get away with using it.
Great cream and really recommended.
I bought this as my feet were all cracked at the back and looked awful in my new sandals which I was dying to wear during the warmer weather (which lets be honest in the UK is a rare event). I am the sort of person that forgets my feet a lot, I don't really like feet it's not a phobia but not far from it.
I was looking for a product in my local supermarket I was shocked at the price but they had this on offer at half price at £3 for an 85g tube. The packaging isn't really anything special it had an outer cardboard box with a dark blue panel with the brand name on it and a aqua panel at the bottom claiming it moisturises very dry feet and legs, however I don't think I would use this on my legs as the tube is so small it wouldn't last very long. There are larger tubs available for that purpose though.
The first time I used it I was surprised how little was needed to make your feet feel smoother; I applied this twice a day in the morning and the evening. The cream is slightly oily and I slipped on my laminate a couple of times so I advise wearing socks after use. Within days I could see a difference and my heels felt a lot more sensitive to be touched as there was no dead skin protecting the supple skin underneath any more.
I was really pleased with this product as it is so easy to apply and with a few weeks my feet have never looked so good, I used to use a pumas stone but it always felt like such a chore and they soon got left untouched.
I know this is quite expensive at normal price but it is well worth the money. My only advise is leave it to dry on for a little while or wear socks if you have laminate, but other than that I can't fault this product at all. I will be buying this all the time from now on and I have never had a reaction to it and my skin is very sensitive which means a lot of products are unusable for me.
Brilliant all round and my feet love it.
Also on ciao under dillywhite123
We can easily forget about taking care of our feet. It's so easy to just dismiss them and not think about looking after them but we use them constantly, they take a look of pressure and so can become damaged and hardened. Sometimes using moisturisers on our feet help them to remain in a good condition and stop any problems occurring.
=== Why I bought this ===
I bought this foot cream because I suffer from dry skin on my feet. I think most people do because our feet are hardened with walking on them but because I do a lot of walking and exercise they seemed to get really hard and dry to the point where it was uncomfortable. My skin actually began to crack at one stage and this made walking really painful so I decided it was about time to do something about it. I'm not a vain person and I certainly don't spend time moisturising but because it was painful I couldn't really ignore it. The Mrs bought it from me, she said it cost her £3.50 I have no idea if that is cheap or expensive compared to other foot creams but I don't mind paying that price for it anyway.
=== The cream ===
This product comes in a cardboard box like most creams do. This is blue and white and shows a picture of feet so it's obvious what this is intended for. There is basic information on the box including ingredients and how to use it and so forth. Inside is the tube which is white. It is explained that this should be used 2 to 3 times a day and that you should avoid the usual things like only apply externally and don't get it in your eyes. I don't know who has the time to apply this 3 times a day. i'm barely in the house more than a few hours a day as it is! I therefore apply it twice a day.
It explains that you should only use a small amount as a little goes a long way and I'm happy to do that, prefer to save money by not using lots of the tube! It is a white cream and has a slight smell to it. I apply a pea sized amount and rub it into my affected areas and also just next to there too to try to stop it happening elsewhere. It takes a while to absorb so I try to leave my feet exposed for a good fifteen minutes before putting my socks on or walking. This isn't always possible.
=== Result ===
After applying this twice a day for a a week I have noticed that my skin is in better condition. It's still dry but it's no where near as sore and it doesn't appear to be as bad. I think that it's only going to continue to improve from here so I will continue to keep using it. It has definitely made a difference so far and that is what I wanted.
=== Conclusion ===
This cream can actually be used on various parts of your body. I don't think it's a special formula for feet it's probably more of a marketing thing to get you to buy this above other brands so I think I may try using other moisturisers and see if they are just as effective. It has definitely made a difference though so I'm happy with it and will keep using it. It doesn't feel too feminine to use either, applying moisturiser isn't something I find very masculine but because it comes in a tube and looks quite medicinal it's good.
I'll be honest. I would never in a million years thought i would become a man that moisturises his feet. I always thought i could be a proper bloke and proper blokes don't moisturise, probably. Then again i've seen the adverts on TV and George Clooney does and he seems to do quite well for himself.
To cut a long story short my feet have been bad with dry skin for quite a while. I've worked as a plant fitter since leaving school, a job that requires me to wear steel toe cap boots day in day out. As you can imagine my feet sweat a lot and after washing off machinery with a pressure washer they can get a little wet as well. Skin was mainly dry around the heel and on the in-step of my foot. Probably a common problem.
It never really bothered me until recently. I was out running in a brand new pair of trainers and my foot was hurting on the inside just behind my big toe. I carried on running deciding it was just a blister and i would sort it later. When i eventually got home and removed my shoes and socks the dry skin had split away from the good skin and it was quite painful. This is when my girlfriend suggested using a foot moisturiser. I told her to leave the room and make sure she shut the door behind her, blokes don't moisturise their feet.
Later in the afternoon i was on Amazon.co.uk purchasing some insoles for my running trainers. I decided to have a cheeky look for some foot moisturiser. I came across Flexitol moisturising foot cream. It was priced reasonably at £3.99 for an 85g (3oz) tube and was being sold on Amazon by Footcare UK. Still dead against buying foot moisturiser I ordered two tubes. I have to add this was only to make the £3 post and packaging worth it, not because I was actually warming to the idea of having lovely soft sweet smelling feet. The moisturiser was ordered and received two days later. Thank you footcare UK.
The packaging was exactly what you would expect oblong cardboard box with directions and ingredients and I think it may be the first product I have ever bought that was produced in Australia. Apart from stuff I bought when I went to Australia on holiday but that doesn't count. The moisturiser cam in a white tube that again had directions and ingredients on, and a couple of warnings. When I seen the word warnings I convinced myself that anything that comes with a warning must be good enough for a hardened grease monkey like myself, this is dangerous stuff. It was the normal stuff. External use only, don't touch your eyes, don't continue using if you get a rash. Basic stuff that they probably think no idiot will do anyway but then again they probably would think that this idiot wouldn't rub his eyes whilst chopping chillies so as far as I'm concerned a bit of moisturiser can't be as bad.
The packaging states that the cream contains vitamin E and contains 10% Urea. I'm guessing that is the main ingredient that soaks into the skin. Apparently Vitamin E, Emollients to penetrate and smooth hard skin and Urea, is for removal of dead skin cells. The packaging also states that the cream can be used your legs as well as your feet. I have used it exclusively on my feet. It also says that the cream is suitable for use on eczema and psoriasis and can be used as a general body moisturiser, which begs the question why not just sell it as a general body moisturiser? Then again do I really want to know the answer and find out I've been hoodwinked into buying their product because I thought it was especially for feet and I could of just bought any old tat.
I have been using the moisturiser now every night for about a month against my will I might add. The directions recommend that you apply the cream two or three times a day, and use little because it is richly formulated. I only use it once a day after I have showered and cleaned my feet and slap quite a lot on because I'm a bit of a rebel like that, it feels like I'm sticking two fingers up at the moisturiser establishment, although they'll have the last laugh when I need to buy more because I've wasted it all.
The moisturiser cream is simply white coloured and has a perfumed aroma which I find a bit off putting. It isn't too strong but it does seem to linger on your hands for a while after using it. The packaging also states that the cream is fast absorbing. It rubs on well enough and does seem to absorb quickly but still leaves my feet feeling slightly greasy even if I let the dry for a while. If I put socks or slippers on I can feel my feet slipping around a little. So I'm not sure it absorbs completely. I always have to wash my hands afterwards. It leaves the same greasy feeling on my hands as well and even after washing my hands I can still smell the perfumed aroma and if I'm honest I'd rather I couldn't. I like to sit down on a have a few games on my xbox after a shower and It kind of takes the edge off my game of Call of Duty when It comes wafting up from my control pad,
I can honestly put up with the aroma and slight greasy feeling when walking around. It only lasts a couple of hours and I can honestly say I am pleased with the results of using flexitol foot moisturiser. I wouldn't say I have feet like Scarlett Johansson (I'm assuming she has nice feet) but they dry skin is definitely decreasing and as I have never treated my feet before I did think it would take a while for the moisturiser to work. I haven't had any blisters or split skin on my feet whilst running either. I don't put this down solely to the moisturiser because I have started using in soles in my trainers as well but I like to think the moisturiser has helped.
With that I'll finish. I have an important appointment with a modelling agency that are setting me up with a contract to model flip flops.