I tend to get stressed out and sometimes have trouble relaxing or falling asleep at night. To help me unwind before bed, I rely on a few time-tested bedtime rituals, like massaging foot cream on my tootsies while watching cheesy reality TV.
Lately, I’ve been treating my dogs to the new Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream ($25).
Clarins designed it to tackle multiple foot issues (ala dry skin, foot perspiration, brittle toenails and foot swelling) and infused the cream with plant-derived ingredients like virgin cashew nut oil, shea butter, arnica (an herb from the sunflower family) and myrrh (a dried tree sap).
The Clarins massage method
The product comes with step-by-step instructions — massage techniques for use with the cream — that involve pressure points to increase circulation and promote relaxation.
I’ve been using the cream and Clarins massage method off and on for about a week and a half so far, and I’m hooked on the slight tingling sensation caused by the product — like my muscles are letting go of my tension. The tingle lasts for about two hours and fades gradually. If nothing else, the sensation is distinctive enough that it distracts my mind and helps me relax.
I have dry feet, especially the skin on my heels, but applying the cream at night before bed definitely makes them feel softer the following morning.
The texture absorbs quickly and feels thick like a body butter (but it isn’t oily or greasy). I wonder if it’s on account of the shea butter, which Clarins says contains a high amount of unsaponifiables, oils and waxes that moisturize and condition the skin.
I’m also a big fan of the fragrance. It’s light (as it probably should be for this kind of product), like carnations and mint tea.
Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream
Price: $25 for a 4-oz tube
Use: A luxurious (read: expensive) and highly moisturizing foot cream
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
You might like Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream if…
- you’re a Clarins fan and don’t mind paying top dollar,
- you’re overstressed and looking for a way to unwind,
- you’re on your feet a lot.
CHEESY RHYME ALERT: Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment is an expensive treat and a very good way to be kind to your feet.
I’ve used a handful of drugstore foot creams but have yet to find one with the same tingly sensation I get with Clarins Foot Beauty. If you can live without the tingle, then check out Sally Hansen 18-Hour Cracked Heel Cream ($6). I just saw it on sale at Walgreens for $4!
I really enjoyed SF’s Bliss spa yesterday, particularly the Deep Sea Detox Wrap. Talk about relaxing, although it would have been bizarre to see…
I was slathered with mud and wrapped up like a burrito, ha!
But it was so relaxing that I actually fell asleep. On your next visit to a spa, ask if they do body wraps and consider giving one a try. More and more spas are offering them because they combine relaxation with a treatment for super soft skin.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,