“ Brand: N-Spa / Texture: Cream / Type: Foot Cream / Suitable for: Foot „
As I had tried the bath and body wash- I decided to invest in some TLC for my fee and bought the Apple Mint Foot Scream as I was going on holiday. My feet are definitely the part of my body that I forget about the most- and as I was going to be wearing flip flops and sandals they needed some attention.
I will never go back to any other scrubs! Basically, this is a 2 in 1 product- a scrub and a moisturising cream all in one! The scent is beautiful- really refreshing and zingy! It's a good strong smell that really makes you feel happy. Once I was done using this scrub which is so easy to use- not at all messy like some others- my feet felt like I'd been for a day at the spa. The product last ages too!
They felt soft, clean and were I had peeling, cracked skin before was now replaced with soft glowing skin. I have used this scrub every week for the past few months and my feet have never looked and felt so good! It's especially great after a hard day on your feet as the mint is so cooling and refreshing! It's a great product that is a good price that you will not be disappointed with! Full marks! The whole apple mint range is amazing- I stock up any time it is on offer and all the products last ages!
My feet are one area of my body which I neglect if I'm honest. I always have good intentions and I have no trouble spending money on lovely products for my feet, it's just when it comes down to it, I can't often be bothered to actually use them! The last few weeks however, my feet have seemed to be in a complete state for some reason, with lots of horrible dry skin, so I have been trying to pamper them. Although I have a ped egg, I do still like to use a foot scrub from time to time and the one I am currently using is N Spa's foot scream.
==What is it?==
I suppose the first question would be, what's a foot scream? And the answer is simply a foot scrub and cream in one (or at least that's the idea). It only comes in one fragrance which is apple-mint and having used the apple-mint bath and shower gel previously I knew that the smell was OK (although in all honesty not one of my favourites).
The scrub is packaged in a tube with a flip top lid and you can clearly see the mint green coloured product through the tube. Like all N Spa products this has black writing on the tube in a similar style to premium brand Philosophy. When it came to using this product, it became evident to me that a tube was not the best packaging ever and a tub would probably have been more suitable. The reason I say this, is that at first the product was extremely solid and the tube difficult to squeeze. It says on the packaging to shake well which I did, but it took two hands to actually get any of this stuff out! The longer I have used it the easier it has become, but if anyone from N Spa happens to be reading this, then I strongly suggest you change the packaging.
To use, you simply massage the product into your feet, ankles, heels and toes. The pale green cream has a predominantly mint scent to it, with a tangy hint of apple, which is actually a nice enough scent and not as strange as it sounds on paper!
The 'foot scream' is quite thick, yet only a relatively small amount is needed per use, as it will cover a deceptively large area. The scrub feels quite oily on the skin and although it contains lots of sugar particles, they don't feel rough or uncomfortable as you massage them in. That said, this is not a watery scrub and I do always feel that it contains enough particles to actually feel like it's working.
One of the problems I have encountered with this product is that it is quite difficult to rinse off. Even when I have immersed my feet in a bath full of water, it still takes quite a bit of effort to rinse all of the product off, as it seems to leave a thick, white, oily feeling emulsion on my feet.
Something I feel I should strongly advise when using this, is simply to be careful! It does leave an oily feeling to the feet, so it can be quite slippery. Just today after using this product in the bath, I tried to stand up and slipped straight back down onto my backside! I saw the funny side of it and thankfully wasn't hurt, but the point is, I could have been, so you really do need to bare this in mind.
After using this, I always wipe the oily residue off my feet with a towel. If I didn't do this, I would either fall over or stick to the carpet! I do find that this leaves my feet feeling softer, especially on my heels where I seem to be getting a lot of rough skin.
Where I have flaky patches of skin, it doesn't get rid of them completely, however it does leave the skin feeling much smoother. I don't notice the minty scent staying on my feet, but I can live with that. My feet do feel slightly moisturised - probably as a result of all that oil - but to be quite honest, I do often feel I need to apply a separate foot cream as well.
==Price and Availability==
I bought this from ASDA for just £1.50 for a 150ml tube. Aside from ASDA it doesn't appear to be all that widely available - I can't find it on the N Spa site - but I've managed to find it online at www.shopic.co.uk also for £1.50.
For the £1.50 I paid, this product was OK, but I doubt I will buy another tube. It smells alright and works reasonably well as a scrub, but I don't feel it was really a 2-in-1 product and to my mind is not a substitute for a separate foot cream. I also didn't like how oily and therefore slippery it was and it can be a pain to get it out of the tube too, so the best I feel I can give it would be three stars as it does work - just not as good as it could do!
With this glorious weather, like we have today, I pretty much spend every waking moment wearing my very new Marks and Spencer's Step-Tone flip flops (a Fit Flop rival), which are similar to the Fit Flop and just as comfy. However, for those of you who wear Flip Flops you find that your feet do tend to end up in need of a good wash and soak when you get home from work. One thing about the job I do is that sometimes I can spend hours on my feet and they end up throbbing, tired and aching and I love nothing more than shoving my feet in a foot spa to soothe them, though in this weather, cold water is just perfect.
I have in the past written a few reviews about my hatred for feet and how vile I think they are but at the same time I have learnt that looking after them and keeping them exfoliated, moisturised and toe nails all healthy means I wont have to rely on anyone other than myself touching them and for that purpose I persevere with lotions and potions to keep my feet in good working condition. So to do this you need to have to hand a good foot scrub, foot moisturiser and if you have smelly feet a good foot deodoriser to hand to use weekly or in my face 2-3 times a week as I am wearing flip flops.
Over time I have used a lot of differing lotions and potions on my feet from Lush, Soap & Glory, Sally Hansen and most recently spending £1 in Asda on some N-Spa Apple Mint Foot Scream lotion which happened to grab my attention as I was picking up some shower gel for him indoors and as it was on offer, I thought I would give it a try. It does usually retail at £.50 for a 100ml tube. But the main reason I bought it is because it states ""Smoothes like a scrub. Softens like a cream. Pampers your toes and does everything in between" which is pretty much what you want it to do. I quite like the Nirvana Spa range, all of their products smell good enough to eat and because they are inexpensive to purchase, I often buy them when I am going away somewhere to have in my toiletry bag, such as the N-spa weekend kit, so that I don't have to bring my more expensive creams with me, I would rather leave a bottle behind which cost me a few pounds to one that cost me twenty or thirty pounds.
So to use this cream it is obviously essential that you have washed your feet to remove surface dirt and grime whether you do that in a foot spa, in the bath or shower is up to you, but you need to do it. Then you need pat your feet dry and lay a towel on the floor along with a bowl of warm water, well this is how I use the lotion anyway and flipping the lid, squeeze a walnut sized blob onto the palm of your hand and rub it between your palms, this allows all the essential ingredients to wake up and alert them to the fact they have a job to do. The cream is apple green in colour and although it isn't too thick, I think it has the perfect consistency to allow you to use just a little to cover your feet entirely. As you rub the cream between your palms you will notice two things. The first being that there is some slightly rougher particles which stand out and this is sugar, allowing the cream to not only moisturise but exfoliate your feet at the same time and secondly the Peppermint Aroma which springs to life. So once you have put the cream on your feet and covered them in it, massaged it in, I suggest leaving it on your feet for 5-10 minutes and then putting your feet into the bowl of warm water and rinse the left over cream and sugar particles from your feet, again at this point you can massage the cream on and off as you wish. Once completed you then pat your feet dry again. You should then be left with soft, smooth, deodorised, exfoliated feet which smell wonderfully of peppermint.
Within this foot cream are a few main ingredients and the three to mention are themed amongst this particular range. Starting with Shea Butter which is especially kind to dry skin it helps moisturise and keen moisture within the skin. Peppermint Oil which is instantly cooling to the skin and makes you feel refreshed and relaxed and it is also used to soothe irritation, sunburn and similar skin complaints, as well as acting as a deodoriser on the feet to give them that minty aroma which isn't too overpowering and if you suffer from brittle nails, this ingredient is useful for a treatment. Next is Sweet Almond Oil which helps moisturise the skin making it feel soft and smooth and it is also used as a dry skin treatment because like Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil, it relieves itchiness, soreness, rashes, dryness, irritation and burns. Finally there is sucrose, sugar to you and I and on the skin this acts as an exfoliator and is much softer and less harsh on the skin than crushed walnuts or almond kernels which are often used and I find it works really well with this cream because the exfoliation factor is an added extra, the reason for using this cream is mainly to moisturise and deodorise whilst cooling and refreshing your feet.
The aroma which is omitted from this cream is one I really like, I do find it relaxing and soothing especially because I keep the cream in the fridge so that when it does come to using it, the cream itself is nice and cool and it adds to the soothing of the tired feet and the smell does linger on the feet for a good day or so after using with the Peppermint aroma becoming less pungent and actually quite fragrant, the one thing I like about Peppermint smelling products is that they are not too overpowering and leave a nice scent lingering.
The result of using this cream did surprise me, whereas I usually have rough skin on my heels and the back of my big toe from wearing flip flops, I suddenly had soft smooth skin but it had become much suppler. Now having used the cream every other day for the last 6 weeks the skin on the heels of my feet are now almost perfect with hardly any dry skin left and the rest of my feet look and feel much better and smell lovely, not that I suffer from smelly feet.
Although I hate feet, I would much rather use a foot cream or scrub myself than have someone else do it and I like this cream because it is easy to use, it requires minimal effort and it smells absolutely divine with the Peppermint smelling aroma lingering on your feet for quite some time. As you are exfoliating your feet it is also working on your hands and also leaves them feeling soft and smooth to the touch. Having paid just £1 for this product I have to say it is totally worth its money, for the aroma and moisturising my feet get.
So if you are looking for something to pamper your feet with that is inexpensive, works well and smell divine then I would highly recommend this as a product and you can buy it in Asda, in Superdrug and online.