Random fact about me: I’m very diligent about foot skincare. I exfoliate regularly and apply lotion nightly. So, when I first heard about The Yellow Bird All Natural Foot Cream, I was intrigued. To be honest, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of products labeled “natural” or “organic.” I’ve spent my adult life using skincare products with scientific backing and “proven” ingredients believing that they were more effective than their natural counterparts. But after learning more about specific skincare ingredients and how they work (thanks, FutureDerm!), I’ve realized that this isn’t always the case. Natural products can be just as effective, if not more so, than their lab-produced alternatives provided that the ingredients themselves are effective.
With that, I decided to take a look at the components of The Yellow Bird All Natural Foot Cream and add it to my foot care routine. Here’s what I found:
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an emollient that’s gentle enough to use in baby formulas on infants’ thinner, more delicate skin. One study found that virgin coconut oil could be used for its antibacterial and emollient qualities to treat contact dermatitis (Dermatitis). It can also help to heal burn wounds, though the researchers did not uncover why exactly, hypothesizing that it is because coconut has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (Indian Journal of Pharmacology). After about a month of using coconut oil on dry skin, most will notice an improvement.
Shea butter has been utilized for millennia. Since Cleopatra, we’ve had histories that include shea butter for cosmetic usage (Shea Butter). It has been shown to be successful at preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). In a test where participants arms were washed in water containing ethanol, researchers found that shea butter was able to help the skin totally recover from TEWL within two hours. After three to four hours, it improved skin barrier (Formulation and Science).
Moisturizing aside, shea butter has been touted to do everything from lessening skin inflammation to working as an anti-aging ingredient — but what does it actually do? Shea butter has actually been shown to have some anti-aging properties. In two studies, it was determined to help regenerate thinning skin, lessen wrinkles from sun damage, improve complexion, and promote healing (Pobeda and Sousselier). The anti-aging, potentially collagen-boosting effects were attributed to the presences of unsaponifiables, lipids found in fatty fruits like avocado. Several studies suggest that it has anti-inflammatory powers, as it will reduce reactions to skin irritants (British Journal of Dermatology).
Beeswax works excellently as an emollient and stabilizer (keeping ingredients from separating). It is a wax ester that has occlusive properties (Skin Therapy Letters). It’s also a gelling agent, film former, plasticizer, and barrier agent (Koster Keunen). Essentially, it’s a natural ingredient that works well to give formulas the right consistency and coats the skin to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) in the same way that ingredients like petrolatum do. Beeswax also has a slight antioxidant effect, likely due to minor ingredients or propolis, but it’s primarily used because it creates a thin, non-allergenic, protective layer over skin (NC State University).
Personal Use and Opinion
I decided to forgo my exfoliating and moisturizing routine for a little over a week prior to using The Yellow Bird All Natural Foot Cream so I could really see what it can do. It has a very thick consistency and is greasy to the touch when applying it. It drinks into the skin nicely after several minutes though. The next morning, my feet felt much smoother and less dry. After just a few nights of use, my feet were back to their usual smooth and moisturized selves! So, yes, I have discovered a natural product that works just as well as a lab-made one. As a bonus, the cream has a soothing lavender and peppermint scent — perfect for relaxing and falling asleep.
I do suggest using this product regularly once opened as it does not contain parabens to preserve it. The omission of parabens mean a shorter shelf life, so don’t let this great product expire!
The Yellow Bird All Natural Foot Cream is an effective foot moisturizer containing beneficial natural hydrating and smoothing ingredients. If your feet need some love, I highly recommend this cream!