Summer is upon us and if you have looked at the shoes in style for the season, they all have one thing in common – – open heels and/or toes. Once again, sandals and flip-flops are the shoe to wear for this time of the year. However, that means that our feet must be in good condition, not tomorrow or next week, but right now.
Unfortunately, a lot of people suffer from rough, dry feet just like they do rough, dry hands. A lot of the beauty creams and lotions that are used on the hands, however, are not strong enough to work on the thicker and different textured skin of the feet. Therefore, feet often suffer from dry, cracked heels, terrible calluses, and unsightly toes. However, they don’t just look bad. Sometimes they actually hurt.
Women, in particular, are very self-conscious about how their feet look, particularly during the summer months when going barefoot, or nearly so, is the norm. While some of us may splurge for one of those expensive pedicures where heels are abraded and moisturized, a lot of us simply cannot afford that extra little treat. That leaves us longing for a quick, inexpensive fix.
Luckily today, it is really not necessary to spend a fortune to take care of your feet. There are, in fact, any number of foot care creams and lotions on the market that can help prevent, as well as repair damage, to the feet including soles, heels, and toes.
So what are the best foot care creams on the market? That’s not an easy question to answer, because in truth, there are many. Here are a few of the very best:
Barielle Total Foot Care Cream is one of the most popular brands on the market today. It comes in a 2-oz. jar and retails for around $12. Barielle claims to eliminate calluses and cracked heels and soles. Made of sunflower oil, sesame oil, beeswax, paraffin, lanolin, and vitamin E, it is definitely heavy on the moisturizing component, while containing little than can irritate the skin. Rub it into the feet twice a day and cover the feet with warm socks until the cream is absorbed. Barielle Total Foot Care has won the Allure “Best of Beauty” award.
Burt’s Beeswax makes an entire line of foot care products. Their Coconut Foot Creme is one of the most popular. It comes in a 4-oz tube and sells for less than $10. It claims to prevent and protect your feet from all the standard maladies – cracking, drying, and rough skin. It is kind of sticky compared to other creams and, oddly enough, has more of a “minty” smell, rather than coconut. It also recommends rubbing into the feet at least twice a day.
AHAVA Dermud Enriched Intensive Foot Cream for Dry Skin is another winner. It is a little more expensive at $24 for a 4.2-oz tube. Thick and creamy, this foot cream also requires covering the feet with socks in order to let it soak in and not get rubbed off on carpets, sheets, etc.
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Foot Crème comes in a 4-oz tube for $6. Rub it into the feet one to three times daily and cover with socks for a deeper conditioning treatment.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Creme comes in a 2oz. jar for about $5. Rub it into the feet at least twice a day.
A number of boutique type companies also offer specialty foot care creams and treatments. Here are some of the best:
Suderma Hand & Foot Repair Cream is sold by Kanu (.com). It comes in a 6 oz pump bottle for the cost of $16. With a dual moisturizing system, it hydrates while protecting the skin from additional moisture loss and drying. It can be rubbed into the feet as often as you like.
Bliss Foot Patrol is handled by Sephora (.com). This skin exfoliate keeps your feet both cool and soft with peppermint and aloe. It comes in a 4.2-oz tube for $26. It is recommended for use only once a day.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream is also sold by Sephora (.com). It comes in a 5-oz tube for the cost of $25. It is applied only once a day after showering.
It is ultimately up to each of us how much we want to spend on foot care products, as well as how many different ones we want to test. Ultimately, whatever product chosen, it should be used for a minimum of one month. Most products will take that long to have any kind of lasting effect on the skin. Nothing works overnight although many people have claimed their feet actually look better within two or three days. Give it some time before making a decision whether or not you want to move on to another selection.
All of us want to put our best foot forward in those barely there summer shoes. The only way to do that is with proper foot care. So don’t forget to properly wash, dry, and moisturize your feet daily. Pumice those calluses and dry spots and shave away that dry, cracked skin before applying any foot care system that you choose. That will offer the best chance for real success.