My favourite foot cream has always been the Soap and Glory Heel Genius, but I’ve found that for some reason or another, it’s just not working for me this winter. I’ve used Heel Genius for at least twelve years and I know don’t know if the formulation has changed, or it’s just me skin’s getting drier but I’ve been trying to find an effective alternative. I’ve seen a lot of reviews for O’Keefes recently and it’s not a brand I’d ever even heard of before seeing the posts, so I thought I’d give the O’Keefes Working Hands & Healthy Feet creams a try as the claims are pretty bold and I hate how uncomfortable my feet have been feeling recently.
Who are O’Keefes?!
They originate back more than 20 years to an arid region on the California-Oregon border known as Klamath Basin, and was created by a daughter; Tara who was driven to find a solution for the discomfort experienced by her father. Bill O’Keefe was a rancher and diagnosed diabetic, that loved rigorous and physical work which took its toll on his hands and feet.
By using her skills as a pharmacist, Tara and her father spent years creating and testing various formulations mixed in her kitchen until, many years later, she developed a product that worked better than any others. This was the basic formula for what has become O’Keeffe’s Working Hands and, several years later, O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet, O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair and O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair and the brand’s message is ‘guaranteed hardworking skincare’.
O’Keefes Working Hands Hand Cream £7.99 85g
From builders and contractors to gardeners and nurses, many people suffer from the discomfort that dry skin can bring. Our promise is to make the best skincare products for workers who rely day-to-day on their hands.
Non-greasy and free from scents and perfumes, Working Hands not only moisturises dry skin, but also protects your skin, giving it chance to heal. Maintaining healthy hands not only feels great and keeps them active, but it also helps prevent other, more serious problems from developing.
For best results apply a small amount of cream as needed throughout the day. Apply after hand washing, after bathing and at bedtime as these are the most effective times for moisturising extremely dry skin.
Why does it work?
O’Keeffe’s highly-concentrated proprietary formulations were developed to relieve severely dry skin, decrease dryness and provide long-lasting moisturisation.
The skin’s natural barrier can be damaged, which leads to increased water loss that causes dry, cracked skin. O’Keeffe’s not only protects the skin from further water loss, but the creams also draw moisture to the skin. The protective barrier seals in that moisture, reducing the rate of evaporation.”
O’Keefes for Healthy Feet Foot Cream £7.99 85g
“O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet is a unique formula of moisturising ingredients guaranteed to improve dry, cracked skin. Parched, barren earth needs water – the same goes for rough, dry skin.
For best results; Apply to exfoliated skin at bedtime and after bathing, as these are the most effective times for moisturising extremely dry skin.
Why Does it Work?
Healthy Feet contains a high concentration of glycerin that draws in and retains moisture, which is necessary for healthy, hydrated skin.
Healthy Feet also contains more of a moisturising ingredient, Allantoin, which helps to penetrate thicker and rougher skin on the feet. Best of all, it works fast. Most people start seeing results in only a couple days.“
There are a serious amount of rave reviews on both of these products on Amazon which is something I want to mention initially. They obviously work very well for lots and lots of people but I’m really not a fan, and I’ve gone to write this post and deleted it three times as I didn’t want this to just be a totally negative post.
I don’t think I’m very fussy with hand cream or foot cream. I just want a cream that absorbs easily, really hydrates the skin without being greasy. I do find both the O’Keefes creams to be absorb easily and they do hydrate the skin, but for me the issue is how greasy they feel on my hands and feet. Even an hour after massaging into the skin, there’s a greasy residue which doesn’t disappear.
It’s fine if it’s the last thing before bed as the greasiness doesn’t matter but the residue transfers onto my iPhone and I end up having to wash my hands and feet as I hate the tacky feeling. As much as I like how effective they are, they’re not products I’d use going forward as I’d rather use non-greasy lotions but please don’t just take my word for it as I’ve not read any negative reviews on the O’Keefes products before but I had to be honest. You can check the rave reviews on Amazon here and here but I bought mine from Superdrug.
Have you tried anything from O’Keefes before?
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