Moisturizing Monday: In search of happy feet

feetOur poor feet. We run, walk, stand on them constantly, dance and play other sports in them sometimes, and in general, keep them busy. They take a lot of abuse. We try to take care of them but sometimes, it’s just too much, at least for me. Like right now.

Regularly, I use a professional foot file on my heels and sides of feet before the shower and cover them with a good lotion afterward. But it seems that our recent slate of nights with temps in the teens (and a few days) have done in my poor tootsies. My regular lotion doesn’t appear to be making much of a dent. I’ve tried sleeping in socks after slathering, but my feet get fussy and want to breathe, so I’ve abandoned that. And I can’t afford regular pedicures, save for a few in spring/summer to maximize sandal season, so my efforts right now have to fall into DIY territory.

I’ve been using Neutrogena’s foot cream, and that seems to be fine much of the time, alternating with my regular body lotion in the daytime, but even that isn’t keeping the dryness totally at bay lately.

I’m wondering about applying facial skin-care techniques here. Should I get some kind of an AHA lotion and use that regularly? But having sensitive skin, I do worry about possible irritation. Or would applying a body oil first and then a moisturizer help? Although I’m usually in such a hurry that it’s all I can do to get one product on my feet before throwing on socks and shoes and rushing out the door.

So if any of you have any super products to recommend that don’t cost the earth, or fabulous feet tips/tricks to share, I (and I’m sure many of us) would be most grateful.

41 Comments
Karen January 21, 2015

File feet, slather on Aquaphora and then put on socks for the night. Do this on a regular basis and your feet will be as soft as when you were a child.

Bonnie Anne January 13, 2015

Another vote for Amlactin foot cream or body cream. Slso wanyed to mention Shikai's original lotion or hand cream (both unscented, in a green bottle or tube). They're the only reason I don't have hard, cracked, bleeding cuticles. I think these two products play nicely on hands or feet. FWIW, my alien feet laughed at O'Keefe's, but a few swipes of a Microplane foot file slapped them back into their place. That file is worth the price.

Petunia January 13, 2015

Hi Ann, I use an inexpensive hyalauronic acid cream during the day. When I am settling in for the night, I apply calendula oil to my feet and follow it immediately with a waxy balm to seal in the oil. I wear peds until the oil is absorbed, about an hour, and kick them off as I get into bed. I think any type of oil will work, even olive oil. My feet were extremely rough and the cracks in my heels bled and were very painful. I like to walk barefoot in the summer which made my feet even rougher. This method works for me above all other over-the-counter remedies. The key is doing it faithfully. Once my feet were soft, I maintain by using this method 3xs a week and heavy lotion on other nights. I highly recommend it.

LaDona January 13, 2015

I almost never give advice, because mine generally sucks, ( yes, you should buy that Porche ! ...just use your retirement fund!) However, in this, I feel confident. There is a company called Dr. D Schwab that makes a product called Rescue Cream. Last time my heels cracked I used it and they stopped hurting the next day. They stopped snagging my socks after 2. Marvelous stuff that they give to cancer patients for radiation burns. And by give, I mean the company sends it to them free, anywhere in the world. Fantastic emollient, fantastic company. Try www.perfectskinsandiego.com . No, I don't work there. Swearsies.

Diana January 12, 2015

I tried that Babyfoot stuff that makes your feet peel. It works somewhat, but not for the thicker callouses on the bottom of the foot. For those, a regular nightly application of Flexitol works wonders. If you do them both (Babyfoot peel and then after 10 days or so, start with the Flexitol) your feel will be baby soft in no time.

Jennifer Counts January 12, 2015

I had an exfoliating cream that I got at Walgreens that worked pretty well for me.. And of course I can't remember what it was called right now.. it came in a beige tube, and I believe it had uric acid in it.. (Mrs. Honey's mention of it brought it to mind)

Pixel January 12, 2015

I use a pumice stone (on wet skin) and Body Shop Body Butter (pick your favorite flavor, mine's olive) on feet & hands every night when I turn in. Works for me!

Deva January 12, 2015

O'Keefes Healthy Feet- about 8-10 bucks at my local Target and it is a miracle worker! It has urea in to which really penetrates and softens. I use an electric pedi device on my dry heels and ball of my food and then put a little of the O'Keffes on and it is transformative :)

Mrs. Honey January 12, 2015

Sea Spa foot cream is the best thing I ever used. It is nearly impossible to find. Ahava does not work as well for me. Based on my experience with hand cream, I think that it is the uric acid that makes the difference.

tammy January 11, 2015

Gurrrl, go on and get you some of the Jergens Face Cream our darling Musette spoke so eloquently about awhile back. Miracle worker! Also, CervaVe cream. Which will also make your hands look 10 years younger. (It made my face look amazing for a month, then started breaking me out, but my hands still look incredible) I think those foot scraper s make the skin harder. I regret ever letting manicurists ever use one on me.

tfk31 January 11, 2015

Barefoot Venus makes a fantastic line of mustard products, which smell a lot better than they sound and contain a hand and foot cream that is amazing. Softens and deodorizes. http://barefootvenus.com/collections/mustard-bath Also, the Gehwol line is fantastic, especially the salve for cracked skin. http://www.gehwolfootcare.com/site/index.php/2013-05-24-10-56-46/problem-solver .

donnakitt January 11, 2015

I can't afford regular pedis but I memorized a couple of tricks from the pros: Always put moisturizer on immediately out of the shower when feet are still somewhat wet. Stand on a bath matt or towel or you risk skidding across the floor (learned THAT the hard way). I used to use the foot file on dry skin before the shower but found that using it after the shower works best for getting all the gnarly stuff off. I use the file every few days. Call me a nut but my feet feel so much better. And, if you get cracks, you have to remove the dead stuff or they won't heal. For Julie, it might take a couple of weeks of filing away but once under control, you'll need to do very little maintenance. Hope it helps!

louisaedwards January 11, 2015

I use Deep Steep peppermint foot cream every night, and I can really tell the difference when I go without it for a week on trips, etc.

Gigi January 11, 2015

Gold Bond foot cream. Cheap as chips and really does the job.

Kitty January 11, 2015

I use Amlactin foot cream. No scent, rich and it seems to help my dry sensitive feet

Lavanya January 11, 2015

Whipped shea butter!

Julie L January 11, 2015

I use FUll ON Ponds face cream, then put on socks until I can't stand them anymore, lol. My feet are just gross, dry, itchy, crusty. Blech. But the Ponds helps!