What a lovely winter we are having this spring aren’t we? For those of you Pretties who live in the good ol’ Canadian prairies, you know exactly what I’m talking about! By the looks of things, we’ll have snow on the ground until June! Gah! I am in a constant state of “blah” – five straight months of a winter that seems never ending…
And that winter chill. Brrrr. My hands and feet have been the driest they’ve been this season. But I’ve found two products that have helped save my tips and toes from turning into a completely dry mess of horribleness.
Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream
I’ve passed by the Soap & Glory stand in my local drugstore numerous times, always big-eyed at the cute packaging and clever product names. Soap & Glory is a brand that is hailed by many beauty product gurus — performance and scents of S&G bodycare products are highly thought of and their makeup line is talked about and praised all the time. They have a full makeup and body and skincare line — unfortunately, my local drugstore does not carry the S&G makeup line.
Anyway, as I was passing the S&G stand one day about a month ago, I noticed the products were on sale. Yahoo, I thought! I ended up picking up the Hand Food for around $6 (retail price $10). And ever since then, this has been a staple in my makeup bag.
The S&G Hand Food contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. Marshmallow? I know! The smell of this is A. Maze. Ing. It smells slightly of shea, but leans more towards the sweet side — which I think is where the marshmallow comes into play. But it’s not so sickly, girly sweet (I’m not into girly-girly scents). It has a medium cream consistency and once rubbed into your hands it just melts into a non-greasy, deliciously scented, hydration solution for your hands. It absorbs quite quickly and keeps my hands well moisturized for a good few hours. Once it absorbs into my skin, I find the scent fades a bit and is only noticable when I put my hands up to my nose to smell them — which is great for work, because it does not offend anyone with ‘scent’sitivites. I do need to reapply each time after I wash my hands, but just for that smell… mmmmm… reapplying is never a bother!
If I love the S&G Hand Food this much, I can’t wait to try their other products!
I give the Soap & Glory Hand Food: a HIGH FIVE.
Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream
Ok, I’m not going to lie. My “winter feet” are terrible. My heels and big toes get so extremely dry and cracked to the point where… and I know that some of you Pretties know… it hurts to wear socks or nylons because the bottoms of my feet stick to them! The skin is so dry that removing the socks or nylons is like peeling velcro.
Well, I found something to get rid of that problem: the Gold Bond Moisturizing Foot Cream! There’s many “girlier” or spa-like products out there for battling dry feet, but I wanted/needed something industrial strength! I purchased the Gold Bond for $9.99 on sale and my local Shoppers Drug Mart.
The night I bought it, I took out my trusty pumice wand, soaked my feet for about 10 minutes in the tub, and scrubbed my size six-and-a-halfs as best I could, concentrating on my heels and big toes. Afterwards, I patted my footsies with a towel and headed off to apply the cream. Put on socks (for ultimate overnight absorption!) and caught some zzzzz’s.
In the morning, I removed my socks and woke up to mega soft, hydrated, non-velcro feet! Fast forward to the end of one week — no hint of dryness. Mind you, every other day since first using the cream, I would put an application on my feet before putting on socks for the day.
This cream is thick and smells like peppermint — yum. It surprisingly doesn’t feel as greasy as I thought it would. Maybe it just absorbed so quickly and well into my feet because of how dry they were! In any case, I’ve been trying to remember to pumice my heels at least once a week and slap some of the Gold Bond on afterwards. So far so good.
One of the ingredients in the cream that makes it effective is the urea. Yes. Pee. Pee from who? I do not know. Urea is a chemical compound found in urine. Apparently urea is an active ingredient that promotes rehydration of the skin and “eats” away at dead skin. I noticed a lot of the drugstore foot creams have urea as either the 1st or 2nd ingredient listed on their product. This does not sway me. I will rub pee on my feet if it means no more velcro feet!
I give the Gold Bond Moiturizing Foot Cream: a HIGH FIVE
Have you tried either of these products? How do you like them? What products do you use to fight the battle against dry hands and feet? I would love to know!
Please leave any comments or questions below! And any suggestions for product reviews, leave those for me as well!
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