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Foot Cream

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

With the amount of time we all spend on our feet, it's important to take good care of them. Keeping them moisturized is a giant step towards happy healthy feet.

The Basics

  • Creams moisturize much better than lotions. Since the number one reason people put cream on their feet is to combat dry skin, use a concentrated foot cream on your feet. Save the body lotion for the rest of your body.

  • Keep your feet in good shape by applying cream on a regular basis. For feet that need a lot of moisturizing help, you’ll see improvement by applying twice daily, both morning and night.

  • Look for products that contain super-moisturizing ingredients such as urea, lanolin and petrolatum.

Other Considerations

  • To soften and remove calluses, find an exfoliating cream with AHA.

  • For painful, cracked heels, look for added ingredients like lidocaine – an anaesthetic to help numb the pain. Also, benzalkonium chloride acts as a disinfectant to prevent infection.

TEST CRITERIA

After some Flamenco dancing lessons, we asked our teachers (whose aching feet are often plagued by calluses, bunions and overall dryness) to help us test these different foot creams and one general body lotion for 3 weeks.

Our test products: .  
  • Avon Foot Works: $5.99
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  • Dr. Scholl’s Foot Lotion: $8
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Cream: $16
. .
  • Gehwol Foot Balm: $16
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com
  • Clinique Water Therapy: $27
. .
  • Lubriderm Body Lotion: $7.99
. . Well.ca Drugstore.com

(Note: prices listed above are approximate and in Canadian dollars)

 Effectiveness Test

  • The cooling sensation of the Clinique cream felt great, but the price wasn’t so hot.

  • The Dr. Scholl’s felt good and moisturized well.

  • The Gehwol had a thick texture and nice minty fragrance, which left feet feeling revived without any greasy residue.

  • The Avon product’s price was unbeatable. The cream was nice and thick and smelled great.

  • The Body Shop foot cream was pepperminty and refreshing, but the size to price ratio wasn’t a favourite.

  • The Lubriderm body lotion didn’t quite penetrate the tough foot surface enough to make a difference.

OUR TOP PICK

The thick texture and minty fragrance of Gehwol’s Foot Balm left our tootsies in tip top shape without any greasy residue. We also really liked the Avon Foot Works for its unbeatable price, thick texture, and delicious scent.

 

 

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