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Get Baby Feet (And Hands) in a Snap With These Two Creams

Get Baby Feet (And Hands) in a Snap With These Two Creams

It seems that without constant vigilance my feet and hands can turn into absolute horror shows. I look down and suddenly my hands are so dry they are cracked and bleeding. I know, logically, this cannot happen overnight, but it sure feels like it. AND NOW I’m noticing my feet going to hell too! We do planks in barre class (Fun fact: After three abdominal surgeries I cannot do a regular plank and have to modify. I’m working on it!) and you end up looking at the bottom of another person’s feet for like two minutes straight. Seeing other people’s feet, and knowing someone is staring at mine, has inspired me to keep my paws in tip top shape. But my usual lotions and potions weren’t covering it. I needed to bring in the big guns.

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O’Keeffe’s is the go-to brand for serious skin repair. They make specialized lotions for your feet, hands, whole body, and even lips. I compared labels and decided that I wanted to get the hand lotion and foot cream. The foot cream is more concentrated, to get through all your tough foot skin and provide max moisturization. So I knew I didn’t want to NOT get the foot cream. Could you use the foot cream on your hands? Sure! I got the hand cream because… I just wanted to?

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These lotions are for seriously cracked, dry, aching feet and hands. Which I have! I only use the foot cream at night, because it does need to soak in and leaves your feel a little slippery in the process. You could also put it on and wear socks, but it’s summer and I’m not a monster. It says very clearly on both tubes that you only need a LITTLE bit, and I generally follow that advice when applying to my hands. My feet, however, are another story. I’m putting this stuff on before I crawl in bed and become unconscious, so I use the recommended amount… but in multiple areas. The heels get a dab, the balls of my feet get a dab, and then the rest of the whole area gets another dab. I tried using the one recommended pea-sized amount on each foot, and it felt like it soaked in so fast the real problem areas didn’t even get a sip.

The hand lotion, I’m better at administering as directed. But I would say that I use a large pea-sized dab. A GMO pea, if you will. With my hands, I try to apply the lotion more than once a day, and I try to keep it within that pea-sized realm because I don’t want my hands getting too greasy. Have you ever over-lotioned your hands and then tried to use your phone? It’s a disaster.

I think O’Keeffe’s is redesigning the packaging for all products, but at my Target they had the hand lotion in the old packaging and the foot cream in the new. My Target also had some of the products in the lotion aisle, and some in first aid. I used the Target App to locate them in the store so I wasn’t hunting around for hours (I cannot recommend retailer apps that tell you if and where products are in stock.) ALSO, these two lotions were over $1 less online, and I used the Target price match trick to save some money. My threshold for asking for a price adjustment is anything over $1 - often the prices differ by like, 15 cents and I just consider that the price of in-store convenience.

It’s only been about a week and my feet and hands are already noticeably improved. I’m to the point that I WANT to have my neighbor at the barre checking out my soft, pretty feet. My knuckles are so soft I keep touching them, I’m so impressed. AND, both of these tubes are cheaper than say, Baby Feet, and you don’t have to go through a molting phase. WIN WIN.

Wear, Watch, Want #115: The Retractable Irish Legging Edition

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The Best Bronze Eyeshadows - From Luxury and Drugstore Brands

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