How to Get Soft Feet

Our feet are workhorses—they get us where we need to go—but all too often they’re an afterthought in our skincare routines. Neglecting foot care can lead to cracked heels and rough soles, but, with a few simple steps, you can have soft, sandal-ready feet all year long.

Exfoliate Feet to Slough Away Rough, Dead Skin

Thick, rough heels and rough skin on the sides of your big toe are the result of built-up dead layers of skin. The best way to take care of the problem is to slough off that thickened, old skin with a foot exfoliator to reveal the soft, new layer underneath.

Most people think the best way to do that is to physically scrub the skin with a harsh or abrasive ingredient like salt or pumice. While foot scrubs for dead skin do have their place (the skin on the feet is generally more resilient than that on the face), you’re not going to get the same results that you would if you used a powerful, potent leave-on exfoliant. AHA and BHA exfoliants go deeper than surface scrubs to help skin remove the dead layers more efficiently, similar to how skin naturally sheds.

Best Ways to Moisturize Feet

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s time to moisturise. There’s no shortage of foot creams on the market, all claiming to give you the baby-soft feet of your dreams.

The problem is that many of them are loaded with potentially sensitising ingredients. Sure, peppermint, lavender, and orange oils will make your feet smell better, but they’re not doing your skin any favours. Aggravated skin can quickly turn into dry skin, and that’s the last thing you want if you’re already seeing parched, cracked skin on your feet. Again, the skin on your feet is a bit tougher than other areas of your body, but you still need to be gentle.

When choosing a foot lotion, select a fragrance-free, creamy formula that treats those toes to several emollients. Look for a foot cream rich in plant butters, such as shea butter, mango seed butter, and jojoba butter, to smooth and soften hardened heels.

Have especially rough feet? Treat them with a dose of our Moisture Renewal Oil Booster or our Lip & Body Treatment Balm, applied over a thin layer of our RESIST BHA 9, a specialised face and body exfoliant that can work wonders overnight.

To get overnight improvement without staining your sheets, after applying moisturizer on your feet, put on a pair of cotton socks before you get into bed. Along with protecting your bed linens, the socks will help “lock in” the moisture, leaving your feet supple and smooth when you get up the next morning.

Follow these steps, and you’ll have softer feet in no time. No matter your choice of footwear, you will feel the difference.

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References for this information

Dermatological Nursing, 2016, pages 46–49
Dermatology Research and Practice, February 2015, ePublication
The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, July 1998, pages 332–336