The difference between a cosmetic heel balm vs a therapeutic heel balm
Unless you’re a dermatologist or beauty expert, buying skincare products can be something of a minefield. Whether purchasing something for your face or your feet, there’s a whole variety of factors to take into consideration, and identifying whether a product is cosmetic or therapeutic is a good place to start.
The easiest way to ascertain the point of a product as being therapeutic or cosmetic is to asses whether the substance is designed to simply change appearance, or whether it is for something more serious, such as an infection or ailment. For example, items such as toothpaste or tinted moisturiser will fall under the cosmetic category, while something such as a medical ointment or a concentrated skin solution will be classed as therapeutic.
And when it comes to topical skincare for your feet, the best place to start, is by evaluating the state of your heels, to assess whether they’re simply in need of some diligent moisturiser and hydration – in which case a cosmetic balm will do - or if their condition warrants actual treatment – in which case opt for a therapeutic balm.
Cosmetic balms are more likely to be scented, prettily packaged, and widely available, and often claim to revive tired feet, leaving them soft, soothed and silky. Such products are perfect for anyone whose feet are dry or dehydrated, and simply in need of a moisture injection to soothe any minor irritations.
If, however, your feet are in need of more than just a little TLC, it’s time to invest in a therapeutic heel balm, which will go a long way towards repairing more than just surface level damage to your heels.
Therapeutic heel balms will often come recommended by medical professionals – such as a podiatrist – and will help aid all manner of ailments, from Xerosis (extremely dry skin) to Keratosis Pilaris (small, hard bumps) to Ichthyosis (scaling of skin) and beyond.
Often made up of concentrated formulas, a little will go along way with a therapeutic heel balm, and as well as restoring very dry and rough heels and feet, they too will exfoliate thickened or calloused skin as well as smoothing rough skin on elbows, arms, knees and legs and help alleviate diabetic dry skin on feet.
Look for a fast acting product, such as the NS-8 Heel Balm Complex, which is a non-greasy, intensive cream formulation which absorbs quickly and spreads easily to provide fast relief from painful and cracked heels. Full of natural extracts, vitamins, moisturisers and exfoliants, including vitamin c and plant extracts as well as aloe vera, evening primrose oil and grape seed oil, these high performing ingredients work in synergy to remove thickened skin and raise moisture levels to give you soft, smooth and soothed heels.
Unlike other foot creams and balms which are thick, sticky and hard to work into the skin, the NS-8 Heel Balm Complex is rich enough to provide a treatment to the heels without leaving an uncomfortable residue on the feet. Its hydrating and healing effects are evident from the initial application, and after prolonged use it will go a long way towards preventing any future cracks and dryness.