Flexitol Heel Balm

What is it: When I think of that sweaty, limber yoga student, who kicks his very un-yogic, gnarly feet up into a swift sun salutation or even headstand, I think he needs this.  thick, greasy foot balm ($10.99) which uses Shea Butter along with Urea to rid your tootsies of dry, peeling, callus-y skin within hours…like in just a short 72 hours.

Why it matters: First off, you know the merits of Shea Butter and its natural creamy work as a humectant that helps hold water in the skin. But, what got me intrigued about Flexitol is the added fun of Urea to treat dry skin like a prescription. Urea  (naturally found in your skin) creams contain both an emollient and a keratolytic that work together to moisturize and remove dry, cracked skin. The emollient imparts an oily layer on top of the skin that holds in water and the keratolytic works by dissolving the horny layer of skin, softening it. What makes Flexitol a fab drugstore find is that is contains the highest percentage of Urea seen in the marketplace – a whopping 25%. Anything more than this usually requires a podiatrist’s prescription. Together with Shea Butter, Flexitol is one super-charged balm that even brings some anti-elastase action, which works on stretch marks.

Why it impresses: The slightly camphoraceous Tea Leaf Oil gets the anti-infection stuff going if the dry skin is so bad that you actually peel from the cracked skin. And, toenail fungus is a thing of the past with Comfrey Root, which containa allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy.

The Final Word: Dear gnarly yogi, get this - it's the polite thing to do. Smooth skin with pharma-grade ingredients alongside nature’s goodness makes good sense.