Likely, your feet aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re shopping for new skincare products. After all, we spend hours on our feet every day, and they deserve some self-care. The easiest addition you can make: a foot cream.
The simple addition of a foot cream can make a big difference in common skin conditions that we all experience. “Foot conditions can include thickened heels, calluses, dry cracked heels, and more,” explains Dr. Muneeb Shah, Dermatology Resident at Campbell University. The good news? There is a cream for every type of foot concern out there, and it only takes adding a couple of minutes into your daily routine to help heal them.
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Baby Foot – Original Exfoliant Foot Peel – 2.4 Fl. Oz Baby Foot Store
CeraVe Foot Cream with Salicylic Acid | 3 Ounce CeraVe Store
Foot creams offer a simple way to get rid of calluses, eliminate dry skin, and help keep your feet in tip-top shape. Our top pick is Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream (view at Amazon), as it helps heal a barrage of foot conditions and only requires a tiny bit of product for tons of benefits. Another top choice is Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream (view at Walmart). The affordably priced formula deeply hydrates, while breaking down rough skin and calluses on the feet effortlessly. You can also treat your feet with a bit of TLC by slathering on Susanne Kaufmann Warming Foot Cream (view at Mr Porter) or by using the Baby Foot Original Exfoliation Foot Peel.
What to Look for in a Foot Cream
Opt for a formula that’s fragrance-free, advises Dr. Shah. “The feet aren’t very sensitive, but I still prefer fragrance-free moisturizers.”
The skin on our feet tends to be very thick compared to the rest of our body, which is why Dr. Shah recommends a thicker moisturizer. “I look for thicker moisturizers and advise creams and ointments over lotions and gels.”
Every foot cream should contain some exfoliating ingredients, says Dr. Shah. “I also look for exfoliating ingredients like lactic acid, urea (an emollient), or salicylic acid to penetrate that thickened layer of skin.”
What are the benefits of foot creams?
Since many people experience different skin issues on their feet than the rest of the body, foot creams can be helpful. “For one, the circulation to our feet is poor, and we put all our weight onto our feet, so it may help with that,” says Dr. Shah. Many also have jobs that require a lot of walking, which can cause a variety of foot conditions that foot creams may help. “Foot conditions can include thickened heels, calluses, dry, cracked heels, and foot fungus.” The cream can help with all of these things–and more.
How do you apply foot creams?
Apply to both feet twice a day, advises Dr. Shah. “The first application should occur immediately after getting out of the shower when your skin is still damp.”
How often should you apply foot creams?
Dr. Shah recommends applying foot creams twice a day.