This aloe-based emollient foot cream is a very good option for dry skin anywhere on the body. The fragrance-free formula is non-irritating and does help dry skin on the feet look and feel better. However, if you're struggling with cracked skin on heels or rough skin elsewhere on the feet, you'll be better served by a body lotion or foot cream with a high amount of urea. This ingredient works to break down the layers of thickened skin for significant results. Eucerin offers such products, as do other lines often found in pharmacies, such as Nutraplus Lotion and Carmol 20.
Helps dry, cracked feet and heels; stops itchy feet; relieves the symptoms of chronic dry skin.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Water, Safflower Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerine, Jojoba Seed Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol Acetate, Dimethicone, Shea Butter, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, L-Ergothioneine, Ethylhexylglycerin
Strengths: Uses many natural ingredients that don't pose a risk to skin
Weaknesses: Use of some volatile fragrant ingredients that can lead to allergic or sensitized reactions; must research products before you buy to ensure you will help skin rather than hurt it.
The doctor-designed, California-based ShiKai product range is extensive and sold in many health food stores and natural markets. Just like many products vying for your attention and dollars, they're big theme is natural ingredients. To that end, you'll see the same claims many other brands use, including "all natural", "botanicals" and a penchant for natural fragrances that the company maintains are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but research certainly doesn't bear that out. Many natural ingredients contain fragranc chemicals contain a litany of volatile components that can cause a wide range of allergic or sensitized reactions, ranging from discolorations upon exposure to sunlight to irritant contact dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). There are hundreds of excellent natural ingredients that don't pose these risks, and we are pleased that ShiKai uses many of these in their products. But as with all natural-oriented lines, this isn't a brand to shop without knowing exactly what you're buying and whether or not it will do your skin more harm than good. For more information about ShiKai, call (800) 448-0298 or visit www.shikai.com.
Note: As of June 2010, we are only providing reviews of ShiKai's Borage Dry Skin Therapy collection. We may review the entire range of ShiKai products in the future. If you would like to see the entire line reviewed on Beautypedia, please send your request to Manager@Beautypedia.com. Thank you!
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