Thursday, October 28, 2010

Who needs sandpaper when you've got feet like mine?


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carmex®. All opinions are 100% mine.

A few years ago I was making my bed...  and I noticed that beneath ManOfTheHouse's pillow the sheets were quite torn up... I had visions of him having werewolf dreams and scratching the sheets.  I mean... what ELSE could have caused those little tears and rips?  I mercilessly teased him for the following week (okay... maybe two weeks) until the time came to wash the sheets again.  In removing the sheets I noticed that the tag was in the wrong place...  which meant the sheets were on upside down...  you may not think this matters (and it probably doesn't) but for me this also meant that the scratches and tears...

yep - mentally turn that sheet over...  yep, they were caused by my feet!

The shame... the horror - but what could I DO???  You see, I'm not a very patient person... my calluses took YEARS to develop.  Years of living out in the country on dirt roads being a little girl who had little love for shoes.  Now as an adult (with a lot of love for shoes) I had a problem... one I wanted solved by the end of the day.

My first "solution" was to get out the orbital sander.

No, I'm not kidding.  Now I'm not suggesting this for all of you with slightly dry skin... but for those of you with world class calluses like mine...  it doesn't really hurt.  Seriously - that egg shaped cheese grater is a LOT more uncomfortable than power sanding.  Of course, the solution is not a one day thing...  and so I began to enter the world of lotions, creams, sprays, and pedicures.  I was embarrassed to get my first pedicure because I was sure they'd charge me triple!   I have tiny feet... shoe model size feet.... but unless we're looking for a before picture I'm not going to be doing any modeling any time soon!

After spraying "Crack Cream" on my feet (yes, despite the ridiculous name it IS for my feet - and was only used on my feet) for weeks and barely enduring the smell - that was doing me no good.  A friend gave me a lotion with the printed instructions "use daily until you can no longer sand furniture with your feet" which did some good but was priced so ridiculously high that I couldn't bear to purchase it again...  I broke down and bought some tube of goop that promises miraculous results... only #1... it STUNK and #2...  I ruined a second set of sheets with the grease stains that my feet were now leaving.  Not to mention the number of times I've slipped trying to answer a ringing phone while my feet are still slimy.

Apparently the good people at Carmex were tuned into my plight - because they sent me some Carmex® Healing Lotion and Carmex® Healing Cream to try.  After one week I'll tell you a few BIG things.

#1 - it FEELS good... not slimy, it doesn't sting...  and yes... I can tell a difference.  I've been using the healing cream on my feet (and they're softer) and the healing lotion on my hands and arms...  I can actually imagine that this might be our first winter in the desert that doesn't involve cracked and bleeding hands!

#2 - it SMELLS good... now remember folks - you ALL know what Carmex smells like (at least... if you were ever a teenager at my Jr. High you know what it smells like)...  and a nice smelling lotion is MUCH easier to convince ManOfTheHouse to rub into my feet at night.

#3 - it's not all nasty greasy.  It rubs in... my feet feel better... but I don't have to sit and let them dry for 20 minutes before putting on socks or letting my feet touch anything.  Trust me... it got to the point of ridiculous trying to dry my feet before bed by waving them in the air...

So...  I thank you... ManOfTheHouse thanks you...

Oh, and my sheets thank you!



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15 comments:

gigi said...

I'm suffering with cracks right now and have been wearing socks and tennis shoes for the last week tring to heal. It was 85 here yesterday with a heat index of 95! Things are still green and I just want to know where is my FALL!!!!!

Megz said...

I really wasn't going to go there with the double meaning of 'crack cream' until YOU did....
Yay for carmex!

Kristina P. said...

My feet are as soft as a baby's bum.

Barbaloot said...

My feet get dry in the winter and I always put vaseline on them before I put socks on. I can't bear to have socks on when I go to bed---so I do it during the day. But I think it helps.

Lisa said...

I'm going out to buy some today. Second set of sheets I've ruined. My feet are actually cracked and bleeding right now, and I have to walk in a weird way to keep them from stinging. I HATE IT!!

Missy said...

Sounds good! My DH's feet really need some help!

Saimi said...

Cool! I'm a total Carmex fan I had no idea they do lotions!

Now you can have Happy Feet!

Kazzy said...

I have got to try something! My feet crack and bleed. Yuck.

Michelle said...

HeHeHe

Jen T said...

We have the same problem. I will have to buy some of that stuff. Thanks for sharing! And, yes, remember the smell of carmex. Went through about a jar a week in HS :)

One Cluttered Brain said...

Oh that is COOL.
Carmex is a great product!
YAY for your super soft feet!

Lady Fromage said...

At night, I cover my feet in Bag Balm, wrap them in plastic wrap and put on a pair of socks. Which keeps my feet from tearing up the sheets (which, we totally have a problem with, too. Only it's me!) but isn't so good for setting the mood at bed time... :)

-Lady Fromage

gigi said...

I bought some yesterday at Walgreens and used it last night! Think I'm gonna like it! Hope it works. Thanks for the helpful tip.

T said...

Yay Gigi - glad you found it and especially glad you're happy with the purchase!!!

Cherie said...

I get this too - Glad I am not the only one. I have a few creams I have tried but I have never seen this one. Thanks for the tip!