If you are a woman suffering from dry, cracked skin on your heels or soles, Hydroheel says it has the solution: A foot cream and plastic sock. They claim by using this combo, you are just three steps away from having beautiful feet, which works by promoting natural skin-softening moisture in feet, protecting skin from drying elements, and working while you walk.
Hydroheel was invented by Lindsey Rietzsch, a full-time mom, author, speaker, relationship coach, singer/songwriter, and entrepreneur, who constantly battled sore, dry feet. Lindsey claims that she decided to take matters into her own hands (and feet) and create Hydroheel by teaming up with a company called H2 International to bring her product to the masses. However, there wasn’t any information or rating on the BBB website for H2 International or Hydroheel the company, which is based in Van Nuys, CA.
How Hydroheel Works
The full name of Hydroheel is the Hydroheel Sock System, because it is both a cream and a plastic bootie that covers the foot while the ointment is working. To use Hydroheel, first take an emery board and remove dead skin on the surface of your feet (they say this is optional and only needs to be done the first time you use Hydroheel). Next, rinse and dry your feet with a towel (again, this step only needs to be completed during your first application).
Next, take 3/4 of a tablespoon or more Hydroheel Miracle Ointment and rub all over your heels, feet, ankles, and toes in a circular motion around the dry areas. Then, place the Hydroheel Treatment Booties (aka plastic socks) over each foot, making sure the plastic band goes above your ankle. Put on slippers, shoes, boots, or any comfortable footwear with traction on the bottom (this is so you won’t slip), and they say to go about your day.
After 15-30 minutes (or longer) of walking, remove the booties and wipe your feet dry with a clean towel. They claim your feet will be sealed and protected for 24 hours and the protective barrier will continue repelling water. They say to repeat this process once a day until your feet reach the desired smoothness (approx 7-30 days) and then re-apply three times a week for maintenance.
According to the manufacturer, Hydroheel Miracle Ointment only contains “natural healers” derived from grape seed carrier oil (vitis vinifera), avocado carrier oil (persea americana), peppermint essential oil (mentha piperata), mineral oil (liquid paraffin), and soft paraffin (petroleum jelly), which they claim is the “perfect formula” to combat dry, itchy, flaky skin, to protect from the elements, as well as to soothe and nourish. Hydroheel’s active ingredient is FDA-approved, contains vitamin E and menthol, as well as antioxidants, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, which are claimed to be essential for healing and protecting damaged skin.
Some Additional Claims
The (patent pending) Hydroheel Treatment Booties are designed to seal in moisture while protecting your feet from the elements, which work in tandem with the Miracle Ointment, sealing in body temperature and allowing heat to liquidize the ointment and penetrate deep cracks. This is done as you walk or go about your day, while wearing the booties concealed inside your shoes. They claim it’s important to wear these boots with for your treatment because they help seal in moisture and body heat, which is claimed to speed up healing.
The company adds that it also keeps the ointment in place and prevents it from damaging clothing, flooring or shoes, and prevents slipping on the oils. They strongly warn you to not sleep in them as having elastic bands around your ankles for long periods of time could be hazardous to your circulation.
Hydroheel’s booties are claimed to be disposable and can be used with a variety of other ointments. Hydroheel will also work without the booties, although you won’t be able to walk around and the treatment can take longer to be absorbed by your skin because humidity and heat will escape (and if you wear them with regular socks, they claim that most of it will soak into the fabric instead of your skin).
In addition to feet, Hydroheel Miracle Oil can also be used on dry knees, elbows, or any skin surface that is dry, chafed, or cracked.
Compare to expensive pedicures (which they say take time and money) or painful scraping of the feet using skin graters (which they say don’t really work), Hydroheel is claimed to be a much more effective solution.
Hydroheel is claimed to provide effortless results within minutes, to require no extra time, and even to allow you to run errands while receiving your treatment. They state that the natural restorative properties of the skin (which regenerates every 2-3 weeks) combined with the Hydro Heel Sock System make it possible for deep cracks to be non-visible within 7 days and completely healed within 30.
But Be Careful
According to the manufacturer, if your cracked skin does not go away within this time, you should see a dermatologist. Alos, pressure on feet from being overweight can cause cracks that may not be sufficiently addressed by Hydroheel.
Also, they warn that Hyrdoheel is for external use only and if swallowed, to seek medical help immediately; do not get in your eyes and keep out of reach of children. Finally, the company claims that walking around in the plastic booties without shoes or slippers will not only make you look kind of silly, but that you might slip and fall too boot (pun intended).
Hydroheel Sock System includes:
- One 2oz container of Hydroheel Miracle Oil (lasts approx 15-20 applications)
- 10 pairs Hydroheel Treatment Booties
- 1 pair microfiber foot warmers (pink or white)
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 30-day automatic resupply shipment
Hydroheel Pricing, Shipping, and Returns
Hydroheel is available for $9.99 plus $5.99 S & H for a total of $15.98.
Keep in mind that this is not a one-time charge though. This is because, 30 days after your purchase date and every 30 days thereafter, you will be shipped another complete Hydroheel Sock System; they claim you can cancel at anytime. They add that you can try Hydroheel Sock System for 30 days and if you don’t like it, return (paying your own postage) for a refund, minus the original S & H.
Bottom Line: Is Hydroheel a Scam?
Most of Hydroheel’s ingredients do work to soothe the skin but can also be found in other, less expensive creams available at your local drugstore. The “innovation” here seems to be the plastic booties, which can let you go about your day (so long as you don’t mind your feet possibly feeling gooey, slippery, and sweaty.)
But if you like the idea of the product, the S & H handling fees are reasonable enough, as well as their return policy. However, if you don’t want a new shipment every month make sure you cancel your automatic re-order ASAP.