Winter arrived here in Utah seemingly overnight. Up until last weekend, the weather had been pretty mild, and we had only seen one or two sprinklings of snow that didn’t stick around. But a big storm came in on Monday, bringing lots of snow and frigid temperatures with it! The ski resorts are happy, but my skin certainly isn’t.
While Utahns live through a dry climate all year round, the lack of humidity can become particularly problematic when the temperatures drop. Cold, dry air strips moisture out of your body, leaving you with itchy, flaky skin. Any Utahn could tell you a thing or two about dealing with irritated noses, cracked and bleeding cuticles, and itchy legs and arms. But personally, MY major issue has always been with my heels!
I have suffered from extremely dry, cracked heels for years, and they only get worse during the wintertime. About 5 years ago, I had a serious foot wound that stubbornly refused to heal, and I had to see a wound specialist. While I was being treated, the doctor noticed how cracked and dry my heels were and recommended a cream that ended up being the “miracle” cure I didn’t know I needed. While I generally prefer using natural and homemade solutions, this stuff has a permanent place in my medicine cabinet. I love this cream so much that I simply had to share it with you!
The “Miracle Cure”
It’s a cream primarily used in Wound Care called Atrac-Tain Moisturizing Cream. It’s not carried in pharmacies (as far as I know,) but you can order it online. It costs about $15 or so for a 5oz tube, but a little goes a long way!
I am constantly amazed at how well this cream works, so I did a little research to find out why. Atrac-Tain contains 10% urea and 4% AHA. Urea is a chemical compound found in urine, although it is also made artificially. (So don’t worry, there is no URINE in this cream!) Urea is basically a moisture magnet that attracts water to dry skin cells.
AHA, or alpha hydroxy acid, is a skin care product ingredient made from fruit, milk or sugar cane. It penetrates dead skin cells and loosens the molecular bonds that attach them to the underlying tissues. The loosened cells slough off, exposing newer skin. For those of you who suffer from dry, cracked heels like me, or general wintertime skin dryness, these two ingredients make up the “miracle” you’ve been searching for.
If you don’t believe me, check out the reviews on Amazon! You can read page after page of people RAVING about this stuff, including people who have suffered from eczema, lymphedema, and other skin conditions.
How I Use It For Cracked Heels
I start by washing my feet (preferably after soaking for awhile so that the dry skin is softened).
Then I slather Atrac-Tain cream onto both feet, pull on a pair of clean socks, and go to bed. That’s all there is to it! Regular use will yield the best results, but you will likely notice a difference after just one night. Use the cream nightly until your dry skin is gone and any cracks have healed. After that, use as needed.
I hope this helps some fellow dry skin sufferers out there to once again find their HAPPY FEET! :-)