For many, sandal season is the time to get feet in tip-top shape. That could simply mean a fresh pedicure, but if your heels are looking a bit scaly, you’ll want to establish a proper foot care routine before applying polish. And when winter rolls around, there’s no excuse to neglect your feet either. Just because they may be hidden away in boots or sneakers doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some TLC. After all, if you suffer from dry, split heels, you know how painful they can be.
“The skin is thickest on the bottom of your feet to help absorb shock,” New York podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Sutera explained to FN. “But over time, the stress and friction imposed on your feet from everyday mileage can cause them to become parched, cracked and in some cases even bleed.”
For soft, supple toots, we tapped into Sutera’s expertise to round up some of the most powerful over-the-counter foot creams on the market. Another pro tip? Sutera suggests starting with a pumice stone or foot file in the shower, as sloughing off dead skin will help your feet better absorb the ingredients.
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Read on to shop the expert-approved picks.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cream
Rough heels don’t stand a chance against CeraVE’s Renewing Cream. Sutera says the inclusion of salicylic and hyaluronic acid make this product great for busting calluses and cracked skin. Meanwhile, three essential ceramides help restore and maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier. Get it in a generous 12-ounce tub, so you’ll be set with enough formula to last you multiple seasons.
AmLactin Foot Repair
Sutera swears by this formula as it contains lactic acid, making it strong yet gentle enough to use on all skin types. The ingredient is a natural humectant, meaning it retains moisture for ultra-nourishing effects. Meanwhile, the inclusion of Alpha-Hydroxy acids helps the skin better absorb the formula for visible results.
Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair
“The exfoliating action of this salicylic acid-based cream loosens and removes dry skin then deeply moisturizes,” said Sutera. She also notes that the formula is completely hypoallergenic. Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, it is clinically proven to provide fast results even on the most worn-down heels, going above and beyond to repair skin not just provide temporary moisture.
Profoot Heel Rescue
Sutera says this product can cure the toughest cracks and calluses all in one go, thanks to ingredients like nourishing Vitamin E. Not to mention, she loves that it’s particularly lightweight and non-greasy. Since it is fragrance-free, it is gentler on sensitive skin with an easy-to-use pump for mess-free aid. Its final touch of argan oil provides necessary fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties that distinguish this cream from the pack.
Ahava Dead Sea Mud Intensive Foot Cream
If your heels are especially dry and itchy, Sutera suggests this option will provide instant relief. It contains a vegan blend of Dead Sea mud, minerals and plant derivatives, which Sutera claims are “great for locking in moisture to protect and heal the skin.” Plus its inclusion of aloe vera and shea butter extracts bring skin to its smoothest self. And best of all, its small size makes for convenience for on-the-go use whenever you need it most.
PurSources Urea 40% Foot Cream
Urea is the powerhouse ingredient in this one. Not only does it help hydrate and smooth cracked skin, but according to Sutera it’s a powerful exfoliant for breaking down tough calluses. It is designed to increase circulation to the feet as well as prevent water loss for long-lasting effects. As it rejuvenates and promotes new cell growth, you’ll work your way towards softer and hydrated feet for the ages.
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