Warmer weather means it’s time to break out those cute sandals and open-toed shoes – creating some high-profile opportunities for your feet. While sandals, flip-flops and pedicures allow you to put your “best foot forward,” the hard truth is wearing open shoes or going barefoot can lead to dry, cracked feet. To help, Galderma (the maker of Cetaphil) has recently launched urea-based products!
Developed by dermatologists, Excipial’s 10% Urea Hydrating Healing Lotion and 20% Urea Intensive Healing Cream target problem areas, such as your heels, by conditioning, exfoliating and hydrating to soothe and promote healing of extremely dry skin. Urea is a natural component of the skin’s tissues and helps to maintain a healthy moisture balance and keep skin soft and supple.
I have always had horribly dry and cracked feet. One of my favorite activities is walking outside barefoot. When summer comes around, I pull out my best flip-flops and sandals to go out. However, I have always been a bit insecure about the appearance of my feet, especially the heels. I have tried other products in the past, but nothing seemed to give my feet back the moisture they needed. When I read about the research and ingredients in Excipial's lotion and cream, I was thrilled to give it a try!
The packaging of the products was quite intriguing. The Hydrating Healing Lotion has a large twist cap that makes it easy to dispense, and the Intensive Healing Cream as a flip cap. Both products had a different texture and amount of Urea present. Neither had any sort of scent, making it perfect for those sensitive to perfumes or strong smells that are potent in other lotions and creams.
The Hydrating Healing Lotion was made up of 10% Urea, and is best if used all over the body. It is recommended for dry and itchy skin, as well as assisting in exfoliating rough skin. The texture is a thin yet rich consistency that spreads easily. It reminded me of sunscreen. I love to use this right after a shower to lock in moisture. I noticed a difference in my skin the very next day! My dry patches got better after each use.
The Intensive Healing Cream with 20% Urea is a targeted product for hands, knees, feet and elbows. It helps to restore hydration in severely dry skin. It also heals thick and cracked skin, making it feel softer and smoother. The texture is a bit thicker than the other, but it spreads just as nicely and soaks right in. After letting the cream sit for a few minutes, it actually seemed to exfoliate my skin as well. Some of the dry skin appeared to be rubbing off. I applied the cream to my hands and feet before bed and after a shower a few days a week. Due to how dry my feet were, I would cover them in socks to help assist the cream in locking in moisture. They have never looked better!
I started using this product on April 20th. Already, my right foot is almost healed completely. The cracks on my left foot have began to fully close and reduce in size. Those were the worst ones. The coloring of my feet are looking better too. I am truly amazed! I know that healing the intense cracks I have will take time, but to see these types of results so quickly has me thrilled. I know if I continue using these products, it will only get better from here.
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