Taking care of the Tootsies with a moisturizing foot mask

While I love face masks every now and then there are other parts of me that need a little masking love too. Most noticeably, my feet. My feet work hard. They carry me around all day, every day and they get beaten up during my work outs.

In the summer they get dried out from the heat and open toed sandals that keep them on display and in the winter they dry out even more. Usually I moisturize before bed every night and it does a good job, depending on which cream I use of course. I recently finished up my Soap And Glory Foot Cream and had yet to open a new cream so I decided it was time to break out the foot mask and give my toes a treat.

Because I wanted to see just how moisturizing this foot mask was, I skipped my nightly foot moisturizer for two weeks so that my feet would be very dry and even more in need of some love. While I am glad I did that for testing this mask, I will not be skipping my nightly foot moisturizing for two weeks again. My feet were sandpaper dry. Good for testing the moisturizing capacity of the foot mask, not so good for my feet.

The foot mask I am testing out is from Le Mini Macaron. It is the Moisturizing Foot Mask with Lavender oil. I know everyone touts lavender. It is great for getting people to sleep and calming nerves. But truthfully, I am not a big fan of the scent. There are occasional lavender products I like, but more often than not, I am not a fan. The scent is not for me in the same way that rose is not for a lot of people. Having said that, I do know that lavender oil is very good for my skin. It is something my skin finds soothing and when I have used it in the past it has softened calluses really well, especially when paired with aloe. I didn’t see any aloe on the ingredients list, but there was witch hazel on the list and my skin also really enjoys that.

Two weeks without moisturizing

So I figured my nose was far enough away from my feet not to cause too much concern and I went ahead and opened the foot mask. The mask is two little booties connected in the center. I carefully separated them without incident. I opened each bootie and slipped my foot in. While there was not that heavy an aroma (they mostly smelled of plastic), slipping my foot inside was not the most pleasant experience. It was cold and a little bit viscus. And my feet were warm from fuzzy socks.

However once my feet were in the socks though, the feeling was fine. The hardest part was convincing myself to put the second one on. It just felt a little cool nd damp once I had the socks in place. There are no ankle ties on these socks. The ones I have used before had a closure that was a bit like a diaper tab to tighten them around the ankles.

They weren’t too loose, but to keep them as close to the skin as possible, I put a pair of socks over the plastic masking socks. It kept them in place and the socks made it possible for me to get up while I was wearing them. I’ve tried to move around in those before and they are too slick to really walk in. The socks prevented slipping and kept the mask close to my feet where it would do the most good.

I left them on my feet for twenty minutes. while i did have to walk across the house once, for the most part I stayed in one spot while I was wearing them. I did sort of press my heels into the floor and rub them around a bit since those were the worst of the dry areas. After twenty minutes I removed the Foot mask and patted my feet dry.

The skin was very much hydrated and the calluses felt much softer. That night I didn’t use any cream on my feet, wanting to see how long the mask’s softness lasted. The next morning my feet were better than they had been all week, but they were still in need of some lotion.

In general I like this mask. I think it is a great way to soften calluses and jump start hydrating really dry feet. However unless you are willing to use a mask like this every night, it is no substitute for taking care of your feet with a routine moisturizer. I think that if you have really dry and cracked heels, then using this Foot mask can actually help soften the skin enough so that it turbo boosts whatever moisturizer you follow it with. it is a great enhancer, but it should be used with regular routine foot care. I would however certainly purchase this Le Mini Macaron foot mask again.

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The Daily: October 29th, 2020

And so the rain continues. I cut my calories down and decided that today was just the perfect day to plow through as much desk work as possible. My babydoll ran to the office this morning but turned right around again when several overflowing creeks cause the roads to his office building to be closed down and impassable.

So I’ve been diligently working at one end of the house while he has worked in the other. I also took the opportunity for some skin care. I slathered the last of my e-cooking foot cream on my feet (there wasn’t much left) and pulled on a pair of heavy socks and I applied the Vichy Quenching Mineral mask on my face and let it sit.

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Do you know Vichy is now available at Walgreens? When I went on my elf hunt (the foundation hunt, I was not in fact hunting elves.) they had an entire shelf of it. That and La Roche-Posay. I knew they carried the La Roche-Posay cleanser now and again but they now have a whole bunch of products. I was very pleased to see it and will be returning soon.

But for today it was the Vichy Mineral mask at my desk while I worked. I think my favorite thing about that mask is that you don’t wash it off.

You apply a layer and let it just absorb in so once you put it on you can forget about it. It’s why I generally use it at night (you don’t want to put makeup on over it) but I figured I wasn’t going anywhere today so I went for it. That’s right, Hair pulled back, shiney faced at the desk masking. Sure it is taking advantage of a rainy day but why not? As you can see from the photo while I have no makeup on and my face looks very shiny…oh so super shiny… If I had to get up and answer the door, I wouldn’t look absolutely crazy.

Trust me I have frightened some Jehovah’s Witnesses with some of my mud masks before. And there was a child selling magazine subscriptions last year who I am certain I traumatized with the Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask. Right now it is people still trying to convince others to vote for their candidate who are circling around. As I already voted, I am a wasted effort, but they still pop round. The Vichy mask is much less frightening when seen unexpectedly. Plus if I have to unexpectedly pop on my face mask there won’t be dried clay flakes all over it. Just another reason to love the mask.

So even though I am not working out today, I am watching my calories and doing something good for myself. Most noticeably my feet and face. Although I will be using the Crest White strips in a few minutes so I guess teeth are included in the cold and rainy self-care regime today. And now I am going to take my soft little tootsies, my shiny, shiny face, and soon to be brightened teeth and get back to work. Cause this is pretty much me until dinner time. I hope if the weather is wet and nasty where you are, you find a way to make the best of it as well. And yes, I am crossing my fingers that two days of inactivity don’t burn me on the scale tomorrow morning. I am trusting the calorie count to see me through. Please don’t let all of my math be in vain!

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Treating my tootsies with e-cooking’s overnight Foot Cream

e-cooking’s overnight foot cream in its natural habitat – the night stand

I will be the first to admit that I put my feet through a lot. Not only do they support me through every activity, but I walk them nearly to death in my quest to lose weight. My main exercise, especially since I stopped going to the gym, has been walking. although truth be told even regular exercise inside the house, whether it is a work out video, wii fit or even just stripping down the beds so the sheets can be washed, my feet carry me through.

And I often forget this.

Usually a blister of some sort causes me to take notice of my feet and at that point I realize that I have very badly neglected them and begin a routine designed to make it up to them. (Then of course I slack off until I realize that I’m going to be wearing shoes that display my feet or another blister appears and the process begins again).

Because so many body creams are simply not designed for feet, I generally find one product that works and keep buying it. Quite a few years ago I picked up a Soap & Glory Foot cream that worked well and so I kept buying it. It is also what I use to compare newer products that I have tried. Thus far, nothing has displaced it as my go to foot cream.

inner lid

However when the e-cooking Overnight Foot Cream came in my October Look Fantastic Beauty Box, I was cautiously excited. I’ve tried other e-cooking products and found them to be really good. They seem to be one of those brands no one really talks about, but very quietly, competently and consistently puts out really good products. They are like the range of products you either know about and look for, or they float past your radar without making a blip on the screen.

At least that has been my experience. Maybe someone else gets bombarded with ads for them, but it sure isn’t me. Although my metrics for internet searches is kind of messed up. I do a lot of research for fiction writing. A couple of months ago I was researching a few things for a murder mystery and the computer just kept sending me boatloads of ads for criminal lawyers.

I think it was trying to help me.

But that is beside the point.

Foot cream is the point.

the product (after 2 weeks of use)

So, to the foot cream. The sample of the Overnight Foot Cream comes in a lovely glass jar with a nice simple label. I find it quite attractive actually. I really like that it has the inner lid on it as well. But as attractive as it is, it is what is inside that counts. So according to the product page…

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your sandals are if your feet aren’t well-cared-for. This is why we have developed a night cream that removes hard skin and moisturises the skin at the same time. The Overnight Foot Cream has a cooling antibacterial effect that protects against infections and has a lovely, fresh aroma of natural Eucalyptus.

The Overnight Foot Cream is created to work its magic whilst you sleep.

Ecooking’s Overnight Foot Cream also contains:

  • 15% Natural Carbamide (urea) improves hydration and treats dryness. It also has an anti-microbial effect.
  • Natural Lactic Acid – from the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) family – exfoliates and removes dead skin cells whilst boosting collagen production.
  • Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil increases blood circulation, leaving a fresh aroma and slight cooling sensation on the skin.
  • Natural Sodium PCA to improve the skin’s ability to absorb moisture.
  • Natural Menthol cools the skin.
  • Organic Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil moisturises the skin.
  • Natural Panthenol improves hydration.
  • Dermasoft Decalact acts as an active anti-microbial.
  • Organic Almond Oil softens and nourishes the skin.
  • Organic Glycerin keeps the skin moist.

Vegan and dermatologically tested.

Okay that’s a lot, but essentially it means that the cream is supposed to provide intense moisture to dry and calloused feet as well as killing microbes. I can get behind that. I would also like to say that while I like the little jar and think it is very lovely, the one issue I had with it was scooping the cream out as I tended to get too much in one sitting. The full sized version? Yeah, it has a pump so it isn’t a problem.

The product it semf smells of menthol. I am not a huge fan of the scent, but it goes on my feet, then I put socks on so after application, there is no issue with scent from me. And to be fair, because I associate mentol with Vicks Vapor Rub it felt like I was giving my fet something medicinal.

After one night, I could see a softening of the calluses and moisture returning to the dry spots. It wasn;t a miracle cream, but there was moisture overnight. After a week of steady use, there was no dryness in general and my calluses were much softened. While my feet will never be fabulously lovely and baby bottom smooth, after all the abuse I heaped on them this summer, they needed some care before the winter dryness set in.

Because that is their real enemy.

The calluses I can deal with and I can even live with the few dry patches, however once the winter sets in, dry callus tends to crack and crack painfully if something isn’t done about it. hile not an overnight miracle worker, with consistent use, this is a really good product. To be honest, it works as well, if not better than, the Soap & Glory Cream which is my standard for comparison. In addition, the ingredients are ones I feel more comfortable with putting on my skin. It is a more expensive cream at $38 per bottle, but as the trial sized 30 mL jar is still more than half full after two weeks of use, I think the 100 mL full sized bottle would get me completely through the winter. It is a good product, with good ingredients and I would have no problem repurchasing this Overnight Foot Cream from e-cooking.