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I Tried The Listerine Foot Soak & Here’s What Happened

With this lush sunny weather taking over Scotland lately my feet have taken a battering. What with the endless wearing of slides, flip flops, sandals and heels, there is no wonder my heels are starting to resemble the Grand Canyon and my feet are so dry they have turned white! So with a quick google and some obsessive pinning on Pinterest I found the Listerine Foot Soak. Apparently this foot soak is the miracle cure I have been looking for. It promises to smooth out my heels and leave my feet not only smelling great but transformed into that of a foot model. Aberdeen Modelling Agency here I come. So I thought, why not? Lets try it! The best thing about it is that it only needs 3 ingredients that are ready available in my cupboard so I don’t need to leave the house at all. YASSS.

What You Will Need

Listerine Foot Soak  
  • 1 Cup of Listerine
  • 1 Cup of Vinegar
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • Optional: Epsom Salts
Combine everything into a foot tub if you are fancy, or a sink bucket you found in the laundry if you are me, and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. FYI, the bath was used for photo purposes only! The recipe doesn’t say whether you should use cold or warm water. However I personally prefer a hot soak so I used warm water. Be careful on the colour of Listerine you use. I have seen some awful (funny) photos of people who used the blue one and ended up with blue feet! I am using the purple one so lets hope I don’t regret this!

The Verdict

So did this miracle cure turn my hard dry feet into magazine, OPI commercial ready? Or was this just another hype with no backbone that was invented by the marketing team at Johnson & Johnson to boost Listerine sales. ” Hey, If it doesn’t work for your teeth, then it is will definitely transform your feet”. Though I will admit I found the soak to be therapeutic and relaxing, while also giving me an excuse to do nothing for 20 minutes. It was not the miracle cure that Pinterest articles claim. The dead skin did not miraculously drop off my feet. Unicorns did not start dancing around my living room in honour of this miracle. Even after sloughing away at my heels for what felt like an eternity nothing really happened out of the ordinary. So Is the Listerine Foot Soak the key to all our foot dreams? Maybe not. It might be good at keeping bad breath at bay, but it definitely is not the fountain of youth for your feet. Though I will say that it DID leave my feet smelling of mouthwash and vinegar which I am sure will linger around for the next week. My lucky Husband! Maybe this is actually an improvement…….

So What Does Work?

According the Heathline.com, for the Listerine Foot Soak (Or any other soak) to work the magic it claims you need to do it everyday. Which in my case is never going to happen. I may muster it once a month, or maybe, just maybe once a week if you are lucky. But everyday is just too much work and time for us busy modern mums to handle. So what now? Am I going to have to wear closed in shoes all summer ? Or adopt the sexy socks and flip flop look in the hope of preserving the delicate skin on my feet ? Nope. The best way to get your tootsies looking their best is to use a good foot balm or moisturising cream that contains Urea. Urea is a natural compound that softens hard skin while also nourishing it. I am currently using Flexitol’s Moisturising Foot Cream which has 10% Urea, as well as vitamin E which you can find in Boots, Amazon and Superdrug. I apply it morning and night and have seen an improvement. Though I doubt I will be the next foot model for Sally Hansen’s new collection, it does the trick.  

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How To Get Smooth Hair Everyday For Under 10 Minutes

I have never been good at blow drying my hair. Whenever I tried to replicate the sleek look my hair stylist had done it always turned into a frizzy afro disaster. So I relied on my hair straighter. However the constant high temperature for long periods of time on my hair everyday was wreaking havoc on my locks, and the time it took to tame every strand was exhausting. So mum bun or the dreaded ponytail became my go to look.

It wasn’t until I was speaking to my hair stylist when she told me that the secret to great styling is the tools you use. Good quality blow dryers make all the difference. I was skeptical at first. It was true that I didn’t have the top of the range hair dryer but I didn’t have the cheapest either. So I did some research and after speaking to some of my friends who had everyday great hair, I found that blow drying was apparently the way to go.

 

So I bought a GHD Air Blow Dryer to see if I could get great everyday smooth hair without frying it. The first time I used it I was hooked. I had dry, shiny salon hair in 10 minutes. It left my hair feeling soft and silky with no fly aways. My hair wasn’t frizzy and I wasn’t sweating from being under the heat for so long.  I finally understood the secret to a good blow dry! Since then my hair dryer is my best friend and has saved me lots of time getting ready. I feel less like a yucky mummy and more of a yummy mummy when my hair is on point.

My Hair Routine

I start by spraying some heat protection spray over my wet hair. I am not sure how effective these sprays really are at protecting your hair. However I am not willing to risk it. Healthy hair means less hair cuts!

Using a medium heat, Iwave the blow dryer through my hair to get it about 50 to 75% dry. Then using a paddle brush I take sections and start drying turning the brush out. Always remember to keep the nozzle pointing down and away from my face.

The bits around my face are always the hardest to do because I always have a kink near my forehead. So I use my big round brush and roll the brush up from my scalp while drying. I repeat until I get the look I am looking for.

Once I am finished drying my hair I rub a few dollops of Moroccanoil in to my hands and then run my fingers through the ends of my hair. Moroccan oil is amazing for split ends and nourishing the ends of your hair. I have tried to use less expensive versions but none of them compare.

Viola!!! Smooth silky hair in less than 10 minutes! Great for busy mums like me!

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