Cracked Heel Repair Creme

by Sally Hansen  Just Feet
Price:
$7.47 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Foot Lotions/Creams/Balms
Last Updated:
4/22/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

In a facial-care product, the strong and pervasive fragrance ingredients in this foot cream would be cause for concern because of their irritation and pro-aging effects, but, for obvious reasons, issues with fragrance are not a problem for the feet. Remember, however, as a general guideline for the skin, from your head to your ankles, fragrance-free is best.

Cracked Heel Repair Creme is medicated with 1% dimethicone, a silicone ingredient regulated by the U.S. FDA as a skin protectant. That means it can help repair damaged skin and protect it from further damage, which is what you want when skin on the heels is cracked and potentially painful. But again, we wish this weren't so heavily fragranced.

Along with dimethicone, the formula contains several basic, but good, emollients. Mineral oil, safflower oil, and petrolatum are very good at protecting skin and encouraging healing.

In addition to the emollients, this foot cream contains lesser amounts of water-binding and antioxidant ingredients, which is ok; but, given the thickness and the unique nature of skin on the heels and that it is not subject to sun damage or other causes of aging, it's the dimethicone and emollients that have the greatest effect in improving unsightly cracked heels.

Pros:
  • Softens dry, cracked skin and keeps it from getting worse.
  • Contains tried-and-true emollients to assist with skin healing.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • It's not the most exciting reparative formula, but not terrible either.

Intensive creme with aloe deeply replenishes skin to deliver 24 hours of moisture. Creates a protective barrier for dry, cracked feet.

Active Ingredients: Dimethicone 1%,Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Urea, Potassium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Limonene, Myristic Acid, Linalool, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Tribehenin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Sodium Sulfate, Citral, Ceramide 2, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Soluble Collagen, Coumarin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Potassium Sorbate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, BHT, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Citric Acid, FD&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci15985).

Sally Hansen, having long been synonymous with affordable, well-distributed manicure products, without question is a well-recognized staple on drugstore shelves around the country. Owned by global beauty brand conglomerate Coty, Inc., Sally Hansen has now dipped its perfectly polished toes into selling makeup and a broad selection of body-care products, most focused on hand and foot care. This range of lip, hand, foot, and novelty body-care products extends well beyond this brand’s bread-and-butter nail polish and dubious "nail strengthening" products, giving Sally Hansen even more visibility.

Sally Hansen's new lip product selection is so large that in many stores it occupies a display that is entirely separate from their vast selection of nail products. Dubbed the Lip Lab, this section of the Sally Hansen display is where you'll find an assortment of lip plumpers, lip moisturizers, and so-called lip treatments, nearly all of which claim to make lips look fuller and younger. Of course the sculpting, lifting, and plumping claims are outrageous and deceptive, but what's worse is the ingredients in almost every one of these products end up doing just the opposite of the claims because they include irritants like rosemary and peppermint extracts, which actually break down collagen and impair the lips' protective barrier. Not surprisingly, the lip plumpers are the worst offenders; with ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, they deliver some of the most acutely painful experience we've endured from applying a lip product. None of these products come close to professionally administered lip injections, although the claims are certainly intended to lead you to believe otherwise.

Hansen's makeup range extends beyond the lips, with a few spray-on tan and shimmer products, although we're not sure why they added these ancillary products. Regrettably, most of the makeup products are a disappointment and poorly formulated. There are a handful of reasonably priced lip products that make lips look lovely without making them hurt, too. As if copied straight from the department store brand trends, two of Sally Hansen’s best products are veritable knock-offs of Smashbox and M.A.C. lip glosses—at less than half the price! Also worth noting is Sally Hansen's unique Airbrush Legs spray-on body makeup, which looks, feels, and wears better than expected.

If you're shopping this brand for hand and nail care, prepare to be overwhelmed. The selection of hand creams and cuticle products is daunting, and frustrating, too. Why frustrating? Mostly because the formulas are repetitive, but they have different claims, which makes no sense. As for the claims themselves, prepare to read about everything, from oils stimulating nail growth to minerals making nails stronger to vitamin E being the cure-all for ragged cuticles. The company can't make up their mind about what works.

None of this is legitimate, but when you're offering as many hand and cuticle options as Sally Hansen does, you have to have product-specific hooks or consumers may be tempted to look elsewhere. Overall, there is nothing spectacular about most of these hand and cuticle products, although there are a couple of inexpensive options worth your attention.

When it comes to foot care, Sally Hansen offers several creams, balms, and odor-fighting products. Most are gimmicky and have average formulas and some contain irritating ingredients that no one's feet truly need. Perhaps most disappointing is the company's limited offerings for dry, cracked skin on the feet. They offer only thick moisturizers, but those aren't enough to handle the problem. Those help, but if you're not taking steps to remove the thickened layers of unsightly dead skin, you'll see little improvement. What you need is an exfoliant before the moisturizer, but there is not such an option in this line. That's to your detriment, because skipping the exfoliation step is like covering acne with a layer of makeup rather than taking steps to treat the blemish and encourage healing.

For more information about Sally Hansen, call (800) 953-5080 or visit www.sallyhansen.com.

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