For as many as we’ve set foot through, we don’t always give them the TLC they deserve.
Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says the skin on the bottoms of the feet tends to be one of those overworked but underrated areas. the most thorough care on our body. “It’s frequently exposed to trauma from daily commutes and friction from rubbing against our shoes.”
And if we don’t take care of this area regularly, we can end up with dry, calloused and cracked soles that, in sandal season, can make a huge impact on your beach day.
To help you get the spa-worthy treatment they deserve, we’ve rounded up some of the best-selling and expert-approved exfoliants you can use to treat Repair those rough skin and keep your feet soft all season long.
Amope Pedi .’s Perfect Foot Dry Electronic File
People tend to take an aggressive approach when using a foot file, treating problem areas with a back and forth scrubbing motion. But according to Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, a pediatrician based in New York City, this can actually make cracked feet and calluses worse. That’s why she loves this electronic leg workout, it rotates in one direction. The powerful file works quickly, so you only need to run it on each area for a second or two to make a noticeable difference in your skin’s texture.
Kerasal Intensive Foot Ointment
Sutera also loves this foot care product. “It has the American Pediatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval, which means a lot to pediatricians,” she said. “It’s also paraben-free and works pretty quickly – you can start to see results after a few applications.”
The formula includes a combination of moisturizing and exfoliating ingredients, which gently soothe and remove dry skin, while nourishing and hydrating the area.
Baby Foot Original Foot Scrub
This method of skinning the legs, suggested by Zeichner, has gained a large following on social media. Part of that is thanks to countless rough but gratifying before and after photos from users who have transformed their feet from dry and cracked to soft with just one application. To use, soak feet in foot bath for an hour, then wash off excess with soap and water. The peel can take up to two weeks to complete, so you’ll want to put it to good use before your next beach vacation.
Ancient Greece Organic Foot Cream
When you order this powerful moisturizer, you’ll also receive a pumice stone, which can be used to treat any calluses and dry patches, and create a fresh base for your formula. Moisture does its job. Made with extra-virgin olive oil, almond oil and lavender essential oil, the cream nourishes and moisturizes your feet, so you’ll be left with the soles of your feet as soft as silk. Plus, Sutera says it “smells great and is all-natural.”
Moisturizing Scrub for Arms & Hammers & Feet with a gentle exfoliator
Emily Splichal, NYC-based pediatrician, likes this scrub for two reasons: it’s easy to use and gentle enough for everyday use. The formula combines exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids with moisturizing coconut oil, for an all-around soothing treatment. And the top acts as an application brush, so your hands are always clean and your feet are gently massaged as you apply it.
Natural pumice stone Acqua Sapone with wooden handle
Splichal often recommends that her patients use a manual exfoliator, like a pumice stone or file, once a week. But anyone who has used these tools knows that you can end up in some pretty awkward positions. That’s why she suggests using a pumice wand to tackle hard-to-reach areas. Her selection is almost out of stock, but we love this equally effective pick, making the exfoliation process easier.
Dermora foot peeling mask
Like the super-bacterial Baby Foot mask, you may have to wait up to two weeks to see the final results of this mask. But according to many of the more than 16,000 people who have given the product five-star reviews, it’s well worth the wait. Made with malic, salicylic and citric acids, along with aloe and papaya extracts, the peel removes dead skin cells to reveal softer and smoother feet.
Giant foot files and foot calluses
While the idea of getting a deep squeegee underfoot may not seem like the most appealing idea, sometimes stubborn skin requires a more challenging approach. And in those situations, this file can do the trick. A One Shop TODAY writer who put it to the test said that after a few minutes of using files on her heels, “they’re so soft, like after a professional pedicure.”
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