Anyways...it has reached a point where a thin layer of lotion just won't suffice. Gosh no! Now I'm globing that stuff on by the heaping handfuls hoping that it does something - which also makes it impossible to jump into bed or walk anywhere without creating a slippery mess. I'm pretty much left lying with my feet in the air waiting, and waiting, and waiting for them to dry. I've even tried putting on thick socks after applying lotion, but they always seem to just absorb all of the cream.
Realizing that I needed to find a way to ensure the moisture really penetrated my dry skin, I came up with the idea to use Saran Wrap. Genius, right? I'm sure I'm not the first to try this trick, but I can attest to the fact that it works! After pumping out a generous amount of lotion (I'm currently using the St. Ives Soft & Silky Coconut & Orchid Body Lotion) I'll wrap my feet in plastic wrap, which helps the cream stay in place and really absorb into my heels. I'll then put a pair of cozy socks over the top to make sure the Saran Wrap doesn't slip around and I'm free to roam, relax or do whatever my heart desires.
I generally leave it on for 30-45 minutes, but I have noticed that it starts to get uncomfortable after too long (comparable to soggy feet after getting caught in the rain on a long walk home, or spending far too long in a bath and coming out with toes that look like shrivelled prunes). I've also only been doing it once or twice a week, but I have noticed a significant improvement and my feet finally feel soft and smooth!