Aside from stretchmarks (they were a bit of a surprise arriving literally days before I had N), the other long-lasting mark you often find as a new mum, is dry heels.  A bit unexpected and not entirely pleasant.  I guess it’s not helped by the weight you put on (and in my case haven’t lost since), and also walking a lot in flats all the time.  I’m convinced that flip flops and similar flats don’t treat your feet well even though they do get aired

So I’m always on the look out for new ways of keeping my feet soft.  Yes, I’m sure petroleum jelly does the job eventually (but who wants to wear socks in bed?), and the minty exfoliation creams are nice to use if you like the grainy feel between your toes.  But my favourite cream I’ve found so far is Flexitol heel balm.

I originally picked up a pack of this on the off chance in a local pound shop a few years ago, but have never spotted it since.  But immediately I liked it.  After only a few days my heels felt softer and looked less dry.  I also like how although it feels quite greasy on my hands, once it’s rubbed onto my feet, it soaks in easily and without feeling greasy afterwards.  I don’t get lotion marks on the bed sheets the next morning, unlike with other creams.

The only downside is that it does smell quite medicinal on your hands, so worth washing them after applying rather than letting it merely soak in.

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Sorry for feet pics!

I was sent some recently to try out again, and it’s working just as well as it did before.  I just need to keep it away from the OH, otherwise he’ll be using it on his cracked hands (the side effects of being a farmer during the wet/dry intervals in Winter).  Now I know where I can get hold of Flexitol heel balm, I shall be stocking up.

Alongside the heel balm, I’ve also got a children’s first aid kit to giveaway.  This kit includes all the basics you need to either take on holiday, pop in the car for day trips, or have at home in readiness for the bumps and scrapes that come with back to school time.

If N continues to be fairly bump free, I could see him using this in his toy medical kit to fix his dad’s aches and pains.

To win the kit, all you need to do is answer the question – what tips do you have for keeping your feet baby soft?  Comment below with your answer, then enter via the rafflecopter widget.  There are a myriad of optional entry methods if you want to increase your chances of winning.

Disclosure: I was sent the foot balm to review, and provided with a children’s first aid kit to give away by Premier Healthcare and Hygiene


  1. arlene evans

    After a bath with a good quality baby bath, gently rub a little baby oil into the skin

  2. Caroline Howard

    Vaseline keeps them lovely and soft

  3. Zoe Coen

    A ped egg to great rid of hard or dead skin

  4. A good moisturiser before you go to bed apply it really thick and then wear cotton socks to bed. Also exfoliate them once a week. x

  5. Angela Paull

    Moisturise before bed and wear socks overnight

  6. I barefoot walk on the beach – sand is a great exfoliant

  7. It sounds weird but listerine in a warm foot bath makes the dead skin drop off leaving them really smooth

  8. Keep them moisturised and a good pedicure every now and again

  9. Tamsin Dean

    a good foot rub after asoak and moisturiser

  10. Rebecca Powell

    Always moisturise and use a pumice stone daily

  11. jackie chapman

    olive and salt rubbed into dry areas acts as a great exfoliator and moisturiser in one. If you are lucky enough to live near the beach like me you can walk barefoot on the beach to exfoliate. Works a treat and its fun! 🙂

  12. Gillian Holmes

    A foot peel works better than any pedicure, is painless and you can do it at home

  13. Susan Breese

    Go to bed at least once a week wearing lashings of foot cream which is rich in shea butter and a pair of old socks to keep the sheets clean. Works wonders.

  14. laura samantha avery

    i put loads of moisteriser on after my shower and pop on some cotton socks, to help keep the moisture in.

  15. Laura Whittle

    Plenty of foot soaks whilst watching the TV

  16. pauline black

    I try to use a foot file and moisturiser to make sure they stay soft. Also make sure you dry them properly after having a shower or bath!

  17. Alexandra Blue

    my doctor recommended not having bare feet in slip on shoes, which I do find has helped a lot with the condition of my skin on my feet.

  18. Paula Phillips

    Soak them regularly and then moisturise them.

  19. Annamarie Riddiford

    I always exfoliate my feet after a bath or shower and it really makes a big difference

  20. caroline

    dont walk barefoot! moisturiser with socks over top when they get bad!

  21. Miriam Said

    Soak your feet in just warm water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Take feet out of water and dry thoroughly. Next warm some olive oil and salt in a shallow tub or tray and put the bottom of your feet in it, move your feet about in the salty olive oil whilst you leave to soak for about 20 minutes, then remove feet. Whilst feet are still covered in warm salty olive oil use an old toothbrush to gently rub the heels and balls of your feet to gently remove dead skin them put your feet back into the warm salty olive oil and soak for a further 10 minutes then repeat the actions using the old toothbrush. Once done place both feet back into the warm water and leave for 10 minutes then dry. You should now have soft feet but if not, then repeat again the next night.

  22. Felicity Kelly

    Wow that cream looks amazing! I try everything to keep my feet smooth: pumice stone, foot file, moisturise and a ped egg!

  23. Robyn Logan Clarke

    A long walk on the beach does them good

  24. Pamela Chang

    Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream/ointment… a godsend!!! slather it on before you go to bed and put on a pair of socks. admittedly not very sexy but the next morning your feet will LOVE you for it! 😀

  25. Susan Pringle

    Soak them in warm water for a while, then the dry skin rubs off easier.

  26. I actually quite like wearing socks in bed and find that applying cream beforehand keeps my feet really soft!


    walking in the sand is a great exfoilator

  28. Kerry Locke

    Soak your feet before bed – apply lots of foot cream – put your socks on over the cream and this will help it soak into your feet over night – leaving your feet super soft

  29. Kristy Brown

    Foot cream and cotton socks every night before bed

  30. jackie curran

    I need my footfile and foot cream to keep my feet nice

  31. Nataliejane

    I use a pumice stone every couple of days in the bath and moisturise every day.

  32. Holly Edmundson

    Moisturise your feet at night time 🙂

  33. I try and remember to moisturise my feet every day 🙂

  34. caroline cordery

    I don’t bother. My feet soon go back to normal by themselves when I start wearing socks again.

  35. helen atkins

    Good foot soak each night and Always moisturise.

  36. Emily Jayne Phipps

    Lots of sunbathing – to take the load off my feet 😀

  37. Michael Williams

    A regular soak in warm water and a good rub with a rough towel to remove dead skin

  38. Julie Ward

    Foot scrub and a good moisturiser. When I remember to do it

  39. Gemma Poulding

    Take some time to look after yourself and spend some time in the bath, which is hard when your a mum.

  40. Jo-Anne holton

    A good soak, a foot scrub and a really good mousturiser!!!!

  41. Sophie Lester

    Apply a salt scrub before having a nice warm bath

  42. sarah pearce

    a nice soak and moisturising regularly

  43. charlotte wilde

    pumice every time you have a shower and don’t forget to moisturize them!

  44. rebecca nisbet

    smoother them in moisturiser then put some sandwich bags over your feet and let it soak in.

  45. Barbara Handley

    Moisturise and remove dead skin often.

  46. Mark George

    A warm foot soak with water and 2 tablespoons of Maldon Sea Salt flakes works a treat.

  47. Katie Skeoch

    pedi file, it’s pretty horrid to see what comes off your feet!

  48. Sheila Reeves

    Use a pumice stone after a soak in the bath, using lots of moisturising wash and rub in some foot lotion afterwards


    Moisturise after using a pumice stone

  50. laura jayne bates

    a pedi file and plenty of moisturiser

  51. lara davis

    moisturing before bed and put socks to keep mositure in xx

  52. angela sandhu

    My feet are in such bad condition at the moment so i need lots of tips-not give them!!

  53. Cate @meaddthree

    I always use hand cream on my feet!

  54. Tammy Westrup

    Lotion whilst wearing socks to help it soak in

  55. Nicole Millheim

    I am currently working for cures for my feet getting dried out..I love all the far soaking them helps alot and pume stone

  56. amanda walsh

    moisturize daily and pumice every shower 🙂

  57. amanda walsh

    moisturise daily and pumice every shpwer

  58. Lindsay Taylor

    I use a pedegg once a week to rid of any hard skin and then moisturise every night before bed

  59. Tracy Newton

    Exfoliation followed by moisturising socks

  60. maggie ali

    soaking in hot water, exfoliating and then moisturising

  61. Honestly, you can’t beat Flexitol. I slather it on when my feet get dry and cracked.
    I also use a pumice stone to rub off any rough patches.

  62. Ms Jenny Hudson

    I exfoliate and then put on Flexitol at bedtime and use a proper sock with a rubber heel to make it work all night

  63. Helen Grayson

    Coat your feet in vaseline and then wear socks before you go to bed!


  64. Hilda Hazel Wright

    Soaking feet in a foot spa (or washing up bowl), exfoliating, moisturising! If you can get someone else to give you a nice foot rub with the moisturiser thats even better! Also wearing nicely fitting good footwear makes a difference too I think.

  65. Caroline H

    During the summer I give my feet a daily quick rub over with a gently facial exfoliator while I’m in the shower. It seems to really help.

  66. Danielle Dunn

    Always moisturise, use an emollient if needed

  67. Laura Pritchard

    Wear flipflops sparingly…I’ve lived in mine & my feet are in shreds!

  68. kim neville

    I always moisturise my feet with E45 cream which seems to help

  69. lauren tourle

    moisturise. I do that all the time after showers everyday 🙂

  70. Harriet Westcott

    Wear lotion covered socks at night

  71. Leanne Lunn

    I have a scholl velvet pedi it is fantastic I love it, also make sure you moisturise.

  72. Jo welsh

    Cream on at night and then cotton socks on.

  73. Victoria N

    Regularly moisturise them rather than leaving it to the last minute before your holidays!

  74. Sandra Lane

    Every time you have a bath use a pumice stone and then when you dry your feet moisturise them.

  75. elaine dale

    weekly foot spa and then cocoa butter rubbed in

  76. emma falvi

    always put on moisturiser on feet no matter how good there look

  77. Becca Staples

    Long soaks in the bath ….but more tips to help me would be appreciated too x

  78. Karen Richards

    Soak feet. Pumice stone and foot scrub to deal with hard skin. Dry and slather in foot cream.

  79. Tracy Nixon

    I use a pedi egg and I often apply a deep moisturing foot or heel cream at night (I wear a pair of old socks to prevent it coming off on my sheets). I wake up with lovely soft feet!

  80. Christina Curtis

    Comfortable footwear and regular bubble baths to soak them in!

  81. Helen Battle

    Vaseline does a great job at keeping your feet soft

  82. Melanie McNair

    I use tea tree oil on my feet & then moisturise

  83. We soak them in a bowl of warm water and some baby oil.


    wear socks after putting cream on your feet

  85. Angie Hoggett

    Shea butter – it’s brill for dry skin anywhere

  86. Karen Louise wright

    Dry your feet well after a bath of shower, especially between the toes & put foot lotion on.

  87. Ashleigh Allan

    moisturise every night and also dirnking lots of water helps!

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