**Products were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own**
So, a good friend was super awesome and gifted me a gift card to Lush. I had never gotten anything from them before, so I was all about trying new and interesting things out. (Expect a few more reviews!)
The first thing that caught my eye online and the first thing I tried was this Volcano foot mask. I wanted to try it because I have incredibly bad feet. My heels at one point were completely calloused over and had started to crack and crater. They were painful and I ended up seeking medical help for them after trying almost every product available. That being said, they’re still cracked and cratered, with a good amount of callousing, but not as bad as before. Still pretty bad though.
So a foot mask? I’m all over that experiment.
Lush describes it as: “An ice cool foot mask for when you can’t go one step further”
It contains the following ingredients: Kaolin , Pumice , Limeflower and Cleaver Decoction (Tilia Europaea and Galium Aparine) , Fresh Tomatoes (Lycopersican esculentum) , Fresh Papaya (Carica papaya) , Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) , Glycerine , Bentone Gel , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) , *Eugenol , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Limonene , *Linalool , Fragrance , Methylparaben , Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils
Some weird stuff in those ingredients, but the one that stood out to me as promising is the pumice. My podiatrist has me using a pumice stone to help file away the edges after he carves my feet. A mask with pumice so I don’t have to scrub and stand funny in the shower? Now I’m really interested.
I tried it three times, and had the same results each time, and it wasn’t exactly positive. The thing is, when you have calloused skin, it’s dry. You need to add moisture to it so it can improve. This does the opposite of that.
To start, it smells like straight up cinnamon and that smell permeates anything that the mask will touch. It’s grey paste-like product that you’re supposed to slather on your feet and then wrap in plastic wrap to keep it moist. After 10 minutes, you wash it off.
So I did all of that each time, and each time a few interesting things happened. First off, it didn’t stay moist under the plastic. It actually dried down right away and felt like plaster of Paris on the skin. When it came time to wash off the product, it suggests massaging it into any areas with dead or dry skin to remove it. It didn’t do anything. This is where I expected it to feel gritty from the pumice and it was just like rubbing mud that had dried up. Not cool.
They claim that your feel will feel soft at the end of it all. My feet were dry. Not only were they dry, they were drier than normal. So I grab my hail mary foot cream (Qtica Foot Repair Balm) because I know it’s thick and will add some moisture. It didn’t do anything. It took me soaking my feet in Vaseline for 12 hours to get it back to normal.
Here’s what I think about it overall. This is not a product for people with severe dryness or callousing on their feet. If you just have small or light rough spots, this could work as a spot treatment. I wouldn’t suggest slathering it all over your feet. I’ll probably use the rest up by using it as a spot treatment on my elbow. I did show it to my podiatrist and he told me it’s mainly crap and won’t work on actual callouses.
If you do have issues with your feet like I do, I highly urge you to go see a podiatrist about it. In my case, I actually needed orthotics and have to have the hard stuff removed every few months. Eventually I won’t need to have it removed, but it’s a process that goes in stages. If you can’t make it in, try just slathering your feet in Vaseline and wrapping it up in plastic wrap. Do it for a few hours a night and you’ll see a bit of improvement. That’s what I have to do to soften mine up for being carved and it does help and it’s what the doctor “prescribed” for me.
Pros: It smells like cinnamon (if you’re into that)
Cons: Drys feet out, doesn’t stay moist under the plastic, no exfoliating feel to it.
The Volcano foot mask retails for $13.95 – $22.95 and can be found online through Lush, or in one of the stores.