Here's some TLC for tiny little cracks

February 21, 2005

Subzero temperatures and dry, indoor air can wreakssss havoc on skin over a long winter. Consumers who develop tiny cracks on their fingers and feet will find new ointments and creams specifically formulated to provide relief from these painful sores. Here"s a sampling of some promising new items consumers will find on drugstore shelves:

Subzero temperatures and dry, indoor air can wreakssss havoc on skin over a long winter. Consumers who develop tiny cracks on their fingers and feet will find new ointments and creams specifically formulated to provide relief from these painful sores. Here's a sampling of some promising new items consumers will find on drugstore shelves:

The second new entry from 3M is Advanced Skin Cream. 3M notes that the cream softens and replenishes rough, cracked, or scaly skin. The product, which has a silky, nongreasy texture, has a suggested retail price of $3.87 to $6.11.

Advanced Foot Cream is yet another new product from 3M. It is formulated to help relieve and prevent extremely dry feet. The suggested retail price is $3.87 to $6.11.

3M also has Nexcare Liquid Bandage Drops. The company claims that the drops provide a clear barrier against moisture, dirt, and germs. The suggested retail price is $5.99 to $6.99.

And if that isn't enough, 3M is bringing out Nexcare No Sting Liquid Bandage Spray. The waterproof spray helps heal larger scrapes and abrasions that are difficult to cover with traditional adhesive bandages. The suggested retail price is $4.49 to $5.99.

Eulactol is also introducing Flexitol Diabetic Foot Balm Moisturizer for the management of rough, flaky, itchy skin caused by severe dryness. The moisturizer comes in a 4-oz. tube.

J&J is also launching Band Aid Liquid Bandage Skin Crack Gel. This is a product that fills in and protects skin cracks to reduce minor pain instantly. It is 100% waterproof.

Then there is Johnson & Johnson First Aid Skin Crack Ointment to protect and help heal dry, cracked skin. It is formulated with vitamin E and is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Chattem is also offering Gold Bond Therapeutic Foot Cream. The cream is intended to help heal and relieve dry, rough, and cracked heels and feet. The product is nongreasy and is lightly scented with peppermint. The suggested retail price for a 4-oz. tube is $5.29.

Burt's Bees is also coming out with Burt's Bees Foot Care Kit. Stocked with "beeutiful" yellow socks, a pumice stone, coconut foot crème, and a booklet outlining five steps to guarantee soft and smooth feet, the kit can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $10.