September 8, 2012 by susiealice
I’ll have to admit I was really exited when I saw this pin about using shaving cream and mouthwash to remove dead skin on cracked heels as I suffer from really bad cracked heels all year round. Both of my parents suffer this as well, and no matter what shoes we wear on a regular basis, the cracks just keep coming.
It’s pretty embarrassing, but here is what my feet look like most of the time…
Often the cracks are quite painful, which makes it hard to put cream on as they sting badly. Combine that with blisters from my soccer boots, and my poor feet aren’t particularly pretty.
I have had some success with the Eulactol Heel Balm, especially the Gold version. However, the cream is kinda pricey and if I even forget to apply for one day my heels are back to having more cracks than a plumber’s convention.
I immediately pinned this supposed miracle, which apparently works by peeling a layer of dead skin off of your feet. I already had some shaving cream, but no Listerine. Procrastinator that I am, it took me a fair while to buy some [it's also expensive so I waited until it was on special]. I wanted to use the brand Listerine as that was what had been mentioned, and I wasn’t sure if this would work with plain old home-brand mouthwash.
I followed the steps from the link that Pinterest sent me to, but I only did one foot because I wanted to be able to compare.
Basically, you cover your feet with a layer of shaving cream. Mix up warm water and Listerine in a 1:1 ratio. Soak a hand towel in the mixture and wring it out. Wrap towel around feet and leave for half an hour.
To be honest, it’s a lot more time-consuming than just moisturising or applying cream, and it’s currently quite cold in my joint so the experience wasn’t pleasant. To top it off, this just didn’t work for me at all. No dead skin came off when I rubbed with the towel or when I showered, and my foot isn’t any softer than before.
Pumice stones don’t really work for me either, generally it’s too painful and while it can get rid of some of the skin build up, it doesn’t actually seem to prevent the cracking. So, I think it’s back to using a heel balm, or maybe I’ll try some of my newly purchase coconut oil [it seems to be the miracle for everything these days].
Has anyone had any success with this, or similar, methods?