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report by Judith of the Cosmetic Connection Product Panel

For as long as I can remember, the dry skin on my feet has proven to be an unsolvable beauty dilemma! For years, in the winter, after snagging countless pairs of pantyhose with my rough feet, I would visit my friendly podiatrist to have him cut away the deep callouses that developed on my heels. Some years, they would be so dry they would crack and bleed. I tried every remedy to come down the pike... some of them pretty ridiculous.... like the year I slathered my feet with A&D Ointment and covered them with baggies and socks...(Yes, my husband has the patience of Job!)... and the years of using Bag Balm and other messy concoctions and ruining countless pairs of white cotton socks after loading my feet with these gooey cure-alls.

Well, in the past year, I have finally solved my problem! If you ever have the opportunity to try a Diamancel file, you will understand my excitement!! I took the big plunge last year and plunked down the money for the Diamancel Tough Buffer #11 ($48), a foot paddle that is worth its weight in gold! Used nightly before I go to bed, I buff my heels and other dry spots... the skin just flakes away and my feet are smooth! The results are so superior to using a pumice stone or a lighter weight foot paddle, that I can't imagine using anything else!

Diamancel makes several different styles of files made from a professional grade of diamond dust with easy to grip rubber coated handles to smaller fiberglass files for your nails. Their weight and balance are perfect for getting the job done. You can buy Diamancel files online at Beauty.com or Bellisima.com. The model I've flipped for is a decadent $48 (money well spent, money well spent!), but other models range in price from $26 upward. Consider this an investment, as one of these files will definitely last for many years to come, if not a lifetime!

I've tried many, many foot creams over many years, and here are some that I've found to be helpful.

Ahava Advanced Foot Cream ($16 for 3.4oz tube) is an elegant white lotion that smells good and is very moisturizing. I've used this for a quite a while, and find it very effective, as long as my feet are not into deep crack mode. You can find Ahava online at Drugstore.com.

In the wintertime, when it's cold enough to wear socks to bed, Sage Skin Care Claw & Paw Cream (large jar $45 from SageSkinCare.com) or Jamark Lab's Surgeon's Skin Secret (jamarklabs.com) are heavy duty, waxy ointments that can be used, but only if you cover your feet with socks, because the ointments are very greasy and sticky. Claw and Paw Cream comes in a large jar and its name is something of a misnomer, because it is not a cream at all, but a waxy substance, made of mineral oil, lanolin and beeswax. This is heavy duty stuff, with heavy duty medicinal odor. It's very moisturizing, but more of a sealant than an absorbing cream.

With exactly the same ingredients and same results, Jamark Laboratories' Surgeon's Skin Care Hand Cream (also not really a cream!) and comes in a variety of sizes. My favorite is the 1.7 oz twist up applicator, which is just like a stick deodorant container. It makes it much easier to apply the ointment, as your hands don't touch it... and this stuff is not easy to get rid of when you get it under your fingernails... At only $8.99, and even in Jamark Lab's largest size, which is $13.99, it's a bargain! They also have try-me sizes at $1.59. This is great stuff to keep around for chapped skin in the winter.

Skin Market's Wish Granted is a foot cream that I've recently tried. It contains ground up bamboo, along with moisturizers. I have no idea if bamboo REALLY does moisturize, but I really like this lotion. It's not thick, not greasy and easily absorbed. I also like the hefty pump dispenser that gives you enough in one pump to do your whole foot. You can find Wish Granted, along with some other foot preparations, at SkinMarket.com. It's priced very reasonably at $6.95 for 6 oz.

Bliss Spa's Foot Patrol is the best foot lotion I've found in my long search! Now, It's an AHA exfoliating and softening foot cream made in an aloe base with peppermint and salicylic acid. It has a slight menthol odor...something like a mild Vick's Vap-o-rub, which didn't bother me in the least, because I like that camphor-y smell... It really, truly works! That is the main thing. Slather your feet with a coat of this cooling, aqua colored cream, and you will be amazed at how soft your feet become! In the past, even with using my Diamancel foot file at night, when I got up in the morning I have to run the file over my heels again before I could put on my pantyhose or tights. Now, my feet are absolutely smooth and soft in the morning... and I'm ready for sandals or slides! As you can probably tell, I'm a true believer! Foot Patrol is available from BlissSpa.com or Sephora at Sephora.com.

Happy Shopping!



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