Don't get embarrassed about dry, cracked skin on your feet when you wear sandals or other open-toed footwear. Several over-the-counter foot treatments can help combat excessive dryness that contribute to rough, cracked skin. For the best results, pick a foot cream that's been recommended by beauty editors for its exceptional efficacy at keeping your feet smooth, soft and healthy.
Sally Hansen Cracked Heel Cream
Sally Hansen's foot treatment product was ranked by the beauty editors of InStyle magazine as the best foot cream on the market, thanks to an efficacious combination of emollients and exfoliants that help soften and get rid of dead skin cells. Beneficial ingredients include extra-rich moisturizers like petrolatum, glycerin and shea butter, while antioxidants like vitamins E, C and A help the cracked skin repair itself.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Cracked Heel Moisturizing Treatment
Neutrogena's cream for cracked, dry heels was named an "Editors' Favorite" by Allure magazine. The magazine's editors loved its use of natural skin conditioners like panthenol, aloe vera extract and glycerin to help soften and heal your feet without a greasy texture that's characteristic of most moisturizers. Additional beneficial ingredients include vitamin E and keratin protein.
Lippmann Collection Soul Mission Foot Scrub
When your feet get so dry that they start to crack, large patches of dry skin can build up and create a thick, rough texture on your heals and sides of your feet. The foot treatment designed by the Lippmann Collection is intended to help treat such conditions. Skin-softening and moisturizing herbal oils help to soothe your dry skin and battle dryness while mineral-rich Dead Sea salt minerals help exfoliate away rough skin. It's one of the best treatments of "overall dryness" and "cracked heals," according to InStyle magazine. Additional skin-healthy ingredients include vitamin C and vitamin A.
Curél Deep-Penetrating Foot Cream
Real Simple magazine recommends Curel's foot cream as a great product for giving yourself an at-home pedicure treatment. They call it a "rich cream" that can help moisturize your entire foot, including your nail cuticles. Its moisturizing benefits come from proven emollients and humectants like shea butter, glycerin, coconut extract and olive oil.
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