Category Archives: Mani and pedi

Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion, 16.9 Ounce Bottle

I’ve been hooked on original Eucerin lotion for 18 years, and have hooked others on it too. That’s how great it is for chapped skin and hands that are washed frequently. As hands are a very obvious giveaway of age, it’s important to me to preserve their young look.

I first learned its power when I worked as an infant/toddler caregiver. Some babies drooled so much during teething that they had eczema around their mouths and painful chapping on their chins. Their pediatricians recommended Eucerin. So, parents would bring it and we’d apply it to their children’s faces at every diaper change, both as cure and prevention. It worked beautifully, without prescription and no complaints from the babies! I have suggested it to countless parents who have been very happy with the results.

It wasn’t long before all the adults were using it, too. Taking care of kids means a lot of hand washing, and potentially very dry skin. Eucerin got me through many years of full-time childcare duties and helped me maintain very youthful hands. All it would take to turn anyone onto Eucerin is letting them try some. The thickness is like no other lotion. It’s very difficult to settle for anything less. We always have a bottle near the toilet so I can massage it into my hands whenever I sit.

As a frequent litter-box scooper/cleaner with four cats, I use Eucerin every day now into my 40s. My partner won’t use any other kind of lotion on his face unless we’re out of Eucerin (which I am careful about not allowing to happen). It also doubles as a makeup/sunscreen remover for me. It doesn’t break out my very sensitive face and also doesn’t irritate my eyes. We love that it has no scent! I like scents but not near my eyes. It also works for hair frizz!

This is one of my top products that I wouldn’t live without.

Flexitol Heel Balm

Flexitol is full of chemicals that you may not want. If you’re used to using pure shea butter or coconut oil for your moisturizing needs, this cream may alarm you with its chemical smell. So, I think of it as my foot healer of last resort. I won’t be without it, but it’s not the only tool in my pedicure box.

I use Flexitol when my feet are actually cracked on the bottom, not just dry. It takes three days to heal the cracks, then I resume use of other less chemical-y creams and oils to reduce my overall chemical load. It is fantastic for its purpose, but it works much better in conjunction with ointments that contain salicyclic acid. I wish Flexitol contained that, to skip a step and not have to buy two products. My current routine is if my feet are cracked, I apply Kerasil ointment at night, then Flexitol during the day. Once my feet are healed, I use Flexitol once every couple weeks or so for maintenance. My daily routine uses rich creams and butters to prevent cracks from recurring, but sometimes they do anyway with changes in the weather.

If you find that the two products alone aren’t impacting big areas of peeling skin, I suggest a pumice stone used dry. Then, apply cream. I have to do that a few times per year.