Dry, ashy feet. Let us all just go ahead and admit right now that they are not the business. You’ve never seen a pair that was and you never will. But feet can sometimes pose a significant challenge in getting rid of ash. The dry skin that loves to camp out around your achilles, between your toes and on your heels can be stubborn and loves to move in guerrilla style and seems to take the national guard to evict. It often does not “respond” to some lotions like your body does. In that case, you have to pull out the big guns to battle dryness all while treating your feet like the delicate pair they are.
Dealing with feet flakiness and dry skin is done best by sticking to ingredients like the ones found in the body lotions we recommended in Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes: The Best Lotions For Extremely Dry Skin but with a focus on a concentrated formula of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and urea that can penetrate the thicker skin on your feet–read: creams. Both of these ingredients encourage thick, dead skin break down, new skin turn over and a healthy pH and moisture balance. They are always must haves in foot care.
For this task we like AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy, Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Fragrance Free Foot Creme, and Gehwol Foot Care Foot Cream Extra.
If you need something super heavy duty for your feet (think heels getting caught on sheets, stockings and scaring people away; let’s not even talk about all the babies that have cried), the best foot cream for cracked heels that are difficult to keep moisturized would be a toss up between a few really good options including O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Cream, Alpha Hydrox Extra Strength Deep Therapy Foot Cream, Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream, Nutraplus Therapeutic Cream which has 10% urea and Atrac-Tain Moisturizing Cream formulated with both urea and AHA.
If you have sensitive skin and or if you want something as close to natural as possible, try Heeltastic Intensive Heel Therapy which is formulated with dimethicone as the active ingredient and is chock full of natural oils. Badger Foot Balm and Burt’s Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey and Bilberry Foot Creme which is 99% natural are also great options.
Photography by Angel.