I take some medication that leaves all of my skin fairly dry, and that in combination with the incredibly hard water here in London has taken a toll on my feet. The end result is that I have super dry skin on the soles of my feet. I’ve tried lots of different things to get them to soften up but mostly, it just doesn’t work for more than immediate relief. So, I decided that I would try the Bliss Foot Patrol AHA exfoliating and softening foot cream. And to get the most out of this, and any other foot creams, I’m going to try out the Bliss Softening Socks, as well. It’s hard to find something that actually works for more than a day, but I’m still hoping that I can come across something that will work on a deeper level than just basic moisturizing.
The softening socks are pretty straightforward, they are lined with a hydrating gel made with olive and grapeseed oils. Any products you put on your feet will definitely get a boost with the addition of these socks since the lining will keep the cream, or whatever, in place and keep your feet warm (which aids the creams) and comfortable as well. The other benefit of wearing these socks is that the thick goopy creams will stay on your foot and not just rub off on your socks, sheets, or carpeting. Apparently, you can use the socks by themselves for a bit of softness just from the gel lining too. However, I’ve never tried them by themselves. I will say that they are quite hard to get on without feeling like you are rubbing off all of the cream you just applied. I have had the best luck pretty much turning the socks all of the way inside out and then sliding my toes in and slowly unrolling them up over the rest of my foot. The other problem I’ve experienced is that they hold air like a balloon, so you have to squeeze that out when you put them on or you’ll have big puffy feet. I also have found that reversing the process I used to put the socks on, is actually the best way to get them off. The inner coating on the socks will stick together when they are stored too. I’ve not found a great way to store them so that this doesn’t happen, you just have to be careful when you next put them on and be gentle pulling them apart.
Meanwhile, the Foot Patrol cream is designed to exfoliate and soften your feet through the use of alpha hydroxy and salicylic acids, peppermint, and aloe. The alpha hydroxy and salicylic acids will exfoliate, the aloe will soften, and the peppermint will make your feet feel tingly and nice. Luckily, this does actually work as well as Bliss acts like it does. I’ve not used the cream by itself, always with the socks, so I’m not positive how well it works without that sock boost. But the combo works really well to soften my feet and leave them looking lovely and fresh, not scaly and frightening. This is the first cream that I have tried that seems to have lasting results. I can get several days of soft feet out of a single application, but eventually my feet get dry again.
I’ve been using this once or twice per week and that seems to work quite well and isn’t too annoying or time consuming. The thing to remember though is that you should only keep the cream and socks on for about 45 minutes or an hour at most. I once left it on for longer (accidental naptime), like two and a half hours, and it did make my feel a little too soft. They were soft enough that walking around was kind of painful the next day, I think I even got a blister. So, you certainly want to avoid that. Other than that, the cream works really well. It also works well on hands and elbows or wherever you might have a bit of dry skin. The first time I used it on my feet, I realized how great my hands felt afterward too. A total bonus! You don’t have to use too much either, just enough for a thin coating. The good stuff in the cream will do all of the heavy lifting and you will be left with lovely soft skin.
You can buy these two items from anywhere Bliss products are sold or from Bliss directly. The Foot Patrol Cream is £18.40 for a 2.5 oz tube and a pair of the Softening Socks are £36.80 on the Bliss website which also offers free delivery in the UK. Or, if you are a FeelUnique shopper, you can also get both of these products there, with the same prices as well as free UK delivery. If you are in the US, you can also shop directly with Bliss where the Foot Patrol cream is $18.00 for the same size tube and the Softening Socks are $52.00. However, you can also buy a set of these two for the great price of $58.00; a huge savings over buying them separately. I know they also sell Bliss stuff in the US or UK at a few of the big department stores as well. So, you’ve definitely got several options on where to get your Bliss products.