I’m just going to come right out and say it.
My feet are so incredibly gross.
I guess that’s not unusual for a runner. Typically I am sporting at least one bruised or busted toenail and callouses so thick that I could probably walk across broken glass and come away unscathed. I would love a pedicure if I didn’t feel like dying of embarrassment the whole time. It’s just a bad situation.
I’ve used various foot care products at home, but nothing ever seemed to work all that well. Then a representative for Herbacin contacted me asking me if I wanted to give some of their stuff a try.
I agreed, but honestly I didn’t expect to see any noticeable results. With my marathon training coming to a close, my feet were about as unruly as they ever get and I figured they would be beyond help.
So let’s talk about Herbacin for a second. They are one of the oldest natural cosmetic brands in Germany, which I – and my 5 years of German in high school and college – think is awesome. The fact they have been around for such a long time speaks volumes. People worldwide trust them provide products containing the best natural ingredients. They have a face, body, and even a hair care line and – as I have recently learned – they have some fantastic products made specifically with your feet in mind.
I was sent three different tubes of product to try.
Containing organic camomile and natural avocado and almond oil, this moisturizer is advertised to be the ultimate for highly stressed feet. And yes you read that correctly…it contains urea which I totally gave the side-eye to at first before learning that urea is a common component of dermatological products that re-hydrate your skin. Seeing as my feet definitely fall into the “highly stressed” and in dire need of re-hydration category, I was excited to give it a try.
This foot cream did a number on my callouses. I have been asked by pedicurists in the past if I wanted them to get rid of the callouses for me, but I don’t because they help protect my feet when I run. This moisturizer has softened them up immensely without having to file anything away. The result is that I feel a lot less self-conscious wearing flip flops which is good because flip flop season is upon us! It’s about time.
I was a little terrified of this stuff at first. What exactly would Foot Peeling do to my feet? Was my skin going to slough off zombie-style? How would something like that affect my marathon performance?
I think I might have been over-thinking it a little bit.
The Himalayan salt scrub is very gentle and has done a wonderful job smoothing out my skin. I almost wish I could use it on my face, but since it’s a foot product obviously I won’t be doing that.
This product also contains the same natural oils and camomile as the foot cream to prevent your pretty new skin from drying out.
Oh my god THIS STUFF.
I have enjoyed using all these products, but I’m saving the best for last here. According to Herbacin, the Cooling Gel is for “heavy or tired legs” and I there is no better description of how I was feeling after the New Jersey Marathon. It quickly absorbs into the skin and the menthol, menthyl lactate and camphor make your feet and legs feel fresher almost instantly. It contains red vine leaves and horse chestnuts which supposedly enhance blood flow. I never knew that horse chestnuts could be so useful. Or even what a horse chestnut was.
I have the Cooling Gel in my bag all the time (and it’s actually sitting on my desk right now). When I finished my race on Sunday and went back to the car to swap out my shoes, I slathered it all over my feet and legs and literally breathed a huge sigh of relief.
So where can you buy it?
I was pleased to learn that Herbacin is available at Harris Teeter; more than 220 locations to be exact in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Delaware and DC. This means that I can stop in and pick up some more right after spin class whenever I run out, which will probably be soon because I use these products almost daily.
If you don’t live anywhere near a Harris Teeter and still want to try these for yourself, you can purchase online on the Herbacin website.
Have you ever tried Herbacin products? What did you think of them? Do you have a Harris Teeter near you?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend? Is anyone racing? Shout it out so I can cheer you on!