After 17 hours of research evaluating 61 products, we picked O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream as our top choice.
Your feet take a beating just about everyday of your life. Even if you’re sitting behind a desk, there’s a good chance you’ve crammed them into a pair of tight shoes without a lot of wiggle room.
There are plenty of factors that cause dry cracked feet. There are environmental factors (think hot deserts and freezing winters), medical concerns (diabetes causes serious foot troubles, as do cancer treatments), your food and beverage intake (perhaps you’re dehydrated all over), and of course, there’s the day-to-day strain of walking and standing.
So what are you going to do about it?
You could leave your dry, cracked feet alone. However, those cracks in your heels make your feet susceptible to fungus infections, Athlete’s Foot, and many other nasties. or you could get a food cream.
We’re guessing that you’re more likely to get yourself one of the best foot creams available to clear the problem. And we don’t blame you; we had an amazing time testing these foot creams and we think you’ll find your next lifesaver right here.
The aloe in this foot cream really soothes skin as it reduces odor and reduces the itchy feeling. But, it’s also terrific at healing cracked skin.
This is a little more touch-and-go on efficacy than other foot creams; not everyone experiences the same high-level results.
Key ingredients: It’s filled with aloe to soothe your skin and reduce the itch while providing plenty of moisture.
Fragrance: It’s basically fragrance-free, but you may detect a slightly minty undertone.
Package size: Comes in an 8-ounce tube.
The manufacturer claims you can apply this cream as much as 4 times a day. And, it’s true that you can. But, you probably don’t need to resort to that unless you have the driest of feet. Realistically, once or twice a day will be enough – and putting a pair of socks on following your foot rub will speed the process.
You’ll pay about $13 for the 8 ounces which works out to a little more than $1.60 per ounce, making this one of the more cost-effective foot creams out there.
In addition to the healing powers you can expect from this foot cream, you should also know that the heavy amounts of aloe will help to reduce the pain and itching associated with dry, peeling skin. And, it’s a natural odor fighter, so if your feet are both dry and smelly, you’ve come to the right place.
That said, aloe isn’t everyone’s favorite; it’s super powerful, but it doesn’t seem to provide everyone with the same level of deep moisture therapy. That’s okay; when it does work, the price tag makes it so worthwhile – and it’s safe for diabetics that need extra foot care.
One of the things we really love is the lack of a strong scent; too many creams are heavily perfumed or don’t bother to hide the medicine-like smell created through the mixture of ingredients that go into it. Of course, what we really like is that it works to heal dry, cracked skin, while relieving odor and itching. And, most users find that it’s not only effective; it also works quickly.
Bottom line: If you battle a couple different foot problems, including itching and cracking – as well as possibly foot odor, this is definitely the product to try. And, it comes at such a nice price point that it’s worth the risk, especially with the money-back guarantee.
This rather inexpensive foot cream is 99.4% natural and smells amazing. It includes antioxidants and shields against microbial infections.
Watch out, this can be very, very greasy and it takes time to absorb.
Key ingredients: You’ll get a lot of good stuff in here. That includes rosemary, and peppermint extracts along with coconut oil, lanolin, and vegetable glycerin.
Animal-friendly: This is a grey area, we’re sorry to say. While Burt’s Bees has always been against animal testing, they’ve recently opened to the Chinese market – which demands animal testing. The manufacturers believe they’ve managed to avoid the pre-market testing, China requires post-market testing which means they have or will test Burt’s Bees products on animals to stay in the mainland China market. Yikes!
Fragrance: It smells like a combination of mint, rosemary, and coconut – and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised as to how those fragrances work together.
Package size: Comes in a 4.34-ounce tube. Amazon also has a 3-pack if you always need to have some on hand.
We’re not going to beat around the bush on this one; you need to apply this cream before bed – and only when you’re willing to stain your sheets or put on socks as soon as you’ve massaged it in; it is rather on the greasy side and doesn’t absorb quickly.
A single tube is very reasonably priced at around $9. That’s a little more than $2 per ounce, which, in this category, is a good deal.
This foot cream isn’t for everyone – mainly because it’s more like an ointment than a cream. If that makes you think of a greasy, slow-absorbing product, you’re spot on the money. But, it works like a charm to rejuvenate super dry feet that aren’t overly cracked or callused.
And, this smells incredible. After a few nights of using it, you may just find yourself addicted or that it’s difficult to fall asleep without this soothing smell. We do suggest applying it before bed – and only if you’re prepared to sacrifice your sheets or sleep with socks on. If you can’t do that, we suggest you look for a product that absorbs into the skin faster.
But, we do love the price and the paraben-free status of this product; you shouldn’t worry about it absorbing into your skin – however slowly, it does so eventually. Plus, you should expect super soft feet after just a few nights using this cream.
Bottom line: We’ll be honest about it not being the right texture for everyone; it’s not. But if a little greasiness isn’t going to stand between you and baby soft feet, the price is right and you should definitely give it a try.
Not only is this foot cream an InStyle award winner, it’s infused with natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ingredients to heal and prevent further issues. It also absorbs wonderfully quickly.
That price makes it difficult for some people to justify it.
Key ingredients: The lavender oil does more than smell good, it’s a natural anti-fungal that enhances circulation and fights inflammation. There’s also shea butter and mint, and, of course, the anti-inflammatory – arnica.
Animal-friendly: So, L’Occitane doesn’t do any animal testing, but they do sell their products in China and they are tested on animals upon entering that company. It’s a bit of a shame.
Fragrance: It’s a lovely, light, and clean lavender smell that most people flip for.
Package size: The standard size is a 5.2-ounce luxury tube. But, we totally appreciate the 1-ounce tube for travelling (you know, when you often want your feet to look their best).
Because this is seriously non-greasy and absorbs fast, you can apply it whenever you want – and that includes before you strap on some sandals for the beach. Very few foot creams can manage that task as well as this one.
There’s no hiding from the price on this foot cream. Not even a little. It’s about $30 for a little more than 5 ounces. Ouch, that works out to more than $5.50 per ounce. It’s not the most expensive, but it’s not in everyone’s budget.
This is a heavy-duty, super powerful cream if there ever was one. Many nurses use it on the hands that they must wash a gazillion times a day and it’s the foot cream of choice for extreme hikers. That should tell you how powerful it is.
We really and truly appreciate just how quickly this foot cream is absorbed into the skin and it’s totally non-greasy which makes it easy to apply at any time of the day, making it a rare breed of cream (hand or foot) to achieve this task so well. And, it smells so good at the same time.
And, if you need another reason to pay this much for a foot cream, consider the added arnica which naturally reduces inflammation and bruising. That along with the lavender and shea butter make for the powerful combination that will leave your feet visibly and touchably soft, whatever the weather.
Bottom line: Not everyone is going to pay this much for a foot cream. If it were more affordable, more people would be using it, because it is a powerful softener and feels incredible on your feet. It’s that non-greasy blend of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Amazing.
This foot cream is one of just a few that carry an American Podiatric Medical Association seal of approval, which is likely why so many recommend it. It works fast to clear up dry, cracked skin – and it’s one of the best for sensitive skins.
No one loves the smell and there are no added fragrances. Additionally, there are parabens in this formula.
Key ingredients: The manufacturers call it an “Ultraplex Formulation.” Basically, that means there are lots of lactates that really and truly transform your skin. But, you should know that there is also some alpha-hydroxy acid that can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen if you’re wearing sandals – and especially if you use it anywhere else.
Fragrance: There aren’t any added fragrances to disguise the somewhat awful natural smell of this foot cream. Thankfully, it goes on your feet.
Package size: It comes in a 3-ounce tube and Amazon does offer a 2-pack for those of you that can’t live without it.
They say to apply it twice daily, and indeed you should. Thankfully, it’s remarkably non-greasy and absorbs quickly, so you shouldn’t experience trouble doing so.
You should pay a little less than $10 for the 3-ounce tube which means it’s more than $3 per ounce. That’s not the best, but it’s far from the worst.
We’re not going to tell you that this foot cream smells good or that you’ll feel like you’re at a spa when you use it because it doesn’t and you won’t. You will, however, experience noticeable results rather quickly – and you shouldn’t expect a single side effect because it is formulated to avoid any sort of irritation.
As one of just a handful of foot creams with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval, you’re going to find quality inside every tube. That means something if you’ve been battling chapped, cracked feet for some time.
The formula is non-greasy, and free of gluten and added fragrances – which is one of the reasons it smells so… um… not good. But if you’re really suffering, we advise you to get over the scent. Luckily, it absorbs quickly and most people save it for their feet so the smell isn't a huge issue.
Bottom line: If most skin care products cause your skin to suffer other irritations, you’re going to want to give this product a try (and there is a good chance your doctor has already recommended it). It’s a strong yet gentle, no frills formula and it truly works.
This vegan, paraben-free formula does exceptionally well with calluses and other dry skin conditions. It’s thick, non-greasy, and absorbs quickly.
Besides the price, there are some that find the added fragrance too strong – and unnecessary at that.
Key ingredients: You'll find plenty of healing oils here, including avocado, wheat germ, sweet almond, and jojoba. It’s also nickel and lanolin-free.
Animal-friendly: Yes. It’s PETA-certified and totally vegan.
Fragrance: It’s not fragrance-free; it definitely has a light, flowery-natural-watery aroma. A few users find it a little too strong, but not many.4
Package size: There’s a 3.4-ounce tube and a 5.1-ounce tube. It’s up to you what works better.
The folks at AHAVA suggest applying this to your feet twice a day, and users report it absorbing quickly – and not needing too much for it to make a serious difference. We would recommend wearing socks if you need to see a swift difference.
For the 3.4-ounce tube, you’ll pay a little more than $17, which works out to more than $5 per ounce. That can be a little difficult to swallow, but if it works… you will definitely pay.
It’s difficult to find people that don’t love this foot cream; it’s really effective at smoothing dry skin into the touchable, soft feet. It works on even the roughest skin, including calluses and it will definitely moisturize painfully dry winter skin.
We’re big fans of the mostly natural ingredients, but as much as many users love the aroma, there are those that don’t like it and we’re not certain it’s needed. It is, however, vegan and PETA-certified, which is a good thing.
Best of all, this is a non-greasy and non-sticky formula. If that’s been bugging you with other products, we suggest giving this one from Israel a try. (Yes, it’s hot and dry there, so your desert environment is no challenge for this foot cream. And, if you need another reason… it’s a fantastic gift, especially when given with the AHAVA hand cream. Just think about it.
Bottom line: This is absolutely worth a try if you have exceptionally dry skin and calluses. If you’re not easily offended by fragrance, you’ll probably fall in love with it – especially as it’s non-greasy and absorbs well. But, there are those that are put off by the price and we get that…but if you can afford it, it's well worth the investment.
This non-greasy foot cream is easily absorbed and works quickly to repair cracked skin. Users experience speedy results and softer, smoother feet almost immediately.
Did you notice the price? Ouch.
Key ingredients: In addition to the urea found inside (yes, that’s an FDA-approved ingredient), you’ll find some allspice berry in here; it’s a rainforest plant that has been used for eons to repair dry, cracked, and irritated skin in Central America.
Fragrance: There aren’t any added fragrances, but you may notice a touch of allspice berry from the extracts naturally occurring in the formulation.
Package size: It’s a 4.2-ounce tube; that’s your only option.
It’s suggested that you apply this both morning and night for optimal results. And, you might think that would mean this product disappears quickly, but it doesn’t. A little goes a really long way and you still get the results you want.
You’re going to pay around $25 for the tube, and that makes it a little less than $6 per ounce which is perhaps a little scary. But, you’re paying for quality and results, so…
We know that the price will scare a lot of people away. After all, there are cheaper foot creams on the market. But, this stuff is absolutely amazing and people flip for it time and again. Topping our list of pluses is the fact that it’s super effective. People who have battled cracked feet for years swear by its ability to heal in a rather speedy manner.
But, we also love that it’s virtually free of allergens, with the exception of coconut extracts, which isn’t a very common allergy. And, while it doesn’t have any added fragrances, it doesn’t smell like a chemical concoction. It’s also non-greasy and absorbs quickly.
The biggest complaint is clearly the price, but we must say that we would also love it a little more if the company didn’t perform animal tests – which they do in order to sell their products in China. We wish they didn’t feel the need to operate in that market which would make them cruelty-free, but it would likely push the price up even further.
Bottom line: If you can afford it, you probably want it. And, indeed, that makes it an attractive gift. But, it’s worth keeping some of this on hand for emergencies – and probably for those summer holidays when it’s all bare feet and sandals.
This foot cream works extremely quickly to heal and soften ultra-cracked feet. It works to prevent cracking as well as repair skin, and you can add this to your Subscribe-and-Save list.
Some users find this to be a little too greasy and that it doesn’t absorb quickly enough for them. Additionally, this isn’t the cheapest product available.
Key ingredients: This wonder worker contains allantoin, glycerin, and paraffin to hydrate and heal skin. It's also gluten and lanolin-free.
Animal-friendly: O’Keeffe’s never tests on animals. Hurray!
Package size: The standard package is a 3.2-ounce tub, which users claim goes quite a long way. But, the good news is that Amazon sells many different multi-packs. Be sure to look for the best-value-for-money pack as the price doesn’t always decrease as the number of items decreases.
You can safely apply this to dry, cracked, and split skin. The manufacturers suggest exfoliating your skin first. (Perhaps you want to pick up a new pumice stone while you’re at it.) Though some users find they don’t need to bother with this step, or only do so for the first application. Many recommend putting on socks after rubbing it in – either to protect the floor or to make the most of the cream. It’s up to you, but be careful stepping into the bathtub if you’ve applied it recently.
A single 3.2-ounce tub runs between $9 and $9.50 on Amazon. You will pay less if you order more – and there is a Subscribe-and-Save option too. If you pay the highest price, you’re looking at less than $3 per ounce (though not by much). That does make this one of the more expensive options, but it is totally worth it.
This thick foot cream is our favorite for one reason above all others – it totally works. Okay, nothing works for everyone all the time, but the majority of users find that it works for them. More than that, it works remarkably quickly. A few lucky ones find it only takes days to notice an extreme difference; others need a little longer.
Though it does a good job with peeling, flaking skin as well softening calluses, it really shines with extraordinarily dry and painfully cracked skin. This foot cream holds up well under extremely hot and arid environments, as well as during the winter – and diabetics have also found it to be a bit of a miracle worker for them.
We like that it can be used preventatively and that it doesn’t have a strong fragrance, so you can put it on anytime. And, we’re very impressed with the pack selections offered through Amazon. It’s little wonder it’s a #1 Best Seller, right?
Bottom line: If you’re one of those people that have battled dry, cracked feet forever and have tried nearly everything on the market, you’ll want to give this a go before you resort to a skin peel. And, as a little does seem to go a long way, you don’t need to worry too much about the price per ounce. Yes; it’s that good.
Do you know that your feet make up 25% of the body’s bones? Foot care is important, and in general, most people report having good foot health.
However, you need to monitor your feet as often as possible — and notice if there’s any health issues. You should take care of your feet and prevent the apparition of dead skin — and even cracked feet.
And if your feet are cracked, you should treat them. There’re multiple reasons for cracked heels — such as excess sports, dry winter, or other skin conditions. If you tend to walk a lot, you may notice that your feet start to suffer. If you run or practice a sport that requires to use your feet more than usual, you can experience foot pain, too.
So what are the causes of cracked feet and how can you avoid this condition? In this guide, we explore various tips to keep your feet beautiful and healthy.
Heel fissures — or cracked heels — are a foot condition that may cause pain, discomfort, and skin problems. Your feet appear swallowed, brownish, and may not fit sandals or flip-flops anymore. As you walk, you tend to feel uncomfortable and when washing, you may see that cracked heels remain — no matter how deeply hydrating your soap is. You need to treat cracked heels to recover beautiful, healthy, and sexy feet.
Keep your feet clean and dry
Wet feet can foster the apparition of bacteria and develop fungal infections. Learn how to dry your feet after each wash. Spend at least 30 seconds onto each foot to clean and dry them perfectly. Avoid public swimming pools as a plethora of microbes or germs can enter your feet.
Examine your feet frequently
Don’t wait until you go to your pedicurist to notice an infection — or worse, cracked heels — which will hurt if you don’t treat as soon as possible. After you clean your feet every day, spend time examining your feet.
Find time for a pedicure
A pedicurist will help you see any problems on your feet such as fungal infections — on top of other benefits. A pedicure exfoliates the feet, prevents the apparition of corns, and keeps the feet moisturized. Plus, you will have fun getting a pedicure!
Who doesn’t like having a nice massage from time to time? In Asia, foot massages are cheap and widespread. Do you know that foot massages actually improve your sleep, help in relaxation, boost blood circulation, fight depression and increase your mood?
Find the right shoes
It’s obvious that wearing the wrong footwear will bring not only discomfort but also issues related to your foot health in the long term. Get the right size for you and the right materials — and ensure you can walk comfortably without feeling any pain.
Don’t wear the same shoes every day. Alternate as often as you can between one pair and another. Finally, clean your shoes regularly to avoid the widespread of germs that could infect your feet.
Undergo a foot exam
Once in a while, you should see a podologist to discover if your feet have minor or major problems. If you feel some pain in the feet, ask for a medical routine exam to check your feet. You can also look for YouTube videos that will show you how to look after your feet.
Often forgotten, your feet — which support the entire body weight — deserve proper care. And if you are an athlete, you should even spend more time and money protecting your feet. Remember that your feet are fragile and once damaged, it takes long to recover. Yet cracked feet, in fact, are quite common.
A study in the US found that 20% of Americans experienced cracked feet — and mentioned bad foot health. Women seem to be more prone to cracked feet than men. Yet if the condition worsens — let’s say if cracked feet become deep — it may cause pain and will require medical treatment.
There are environmental factors to cracked heels:
There are also medical causes of cracked feet:
For cracked feet, you can use a repairing cream that will help remove dead skin and rehydrate them. You can seek medical advice if you suffer from cracked heels for a long time. Consider stopping any sport for a while and hydrate your feet.
There are also some homemade remedies you can try at home, which include:
Olive oil is excellent at removing any dead skin. A deep intense moisturizer, olive oil penetrates gently onto the skin of your feet and brings nutrients, antioxidants, and the right level of hydration your feet need.
Coconut oil is a key ingredient in soothing and hydrating your skin. Rich in vitamins and minerals, this powerful antioxidant is well-known for repairing every cell of the body, including your feet.
Sea salts are great at both removing dead skin and have multiple health benefits. Himalayan sea salts, for example, help balance the body, reduce water retention, and are a great source of minerals.
Apply both oils and salts gently and massage to the areas where you notice cracks. Don’t forget to rinse. If you notice no improvement after a while, consider seeing a podologist and spend more time taking care of your feet.
Refresh your feet in some hot water. For those of you who want to have fun, consider a fish pedicure that will remove the dead skin, efficiently.
Keep the feet for up to 20 minutes into the water. Use a foot scrubber to remove dead skin. Apply a heel balm or a thick moisturizer to the affected area.
Other methods or ingredients to remove the dead skin on your feet include:
Choose your foot cream according to the condition of your feet. Are you looking for an antifungal cream, a cracked foot treatment, or an anti-inflammatory and odor-reduction foot balms?
The following ingredients have proven positive effects on soothing damaged feet:
Karanja oil: A native of India, this oil can have multiple therapeutic benefits including treating psoriasis, infections, and promotes wound healing. Look for a Karanja-oil based cream to treat cracked feet.
Shea butter: Is another natural product found in foot creams that alleviates pain, reduces dryness, and intensifies skin repair. Use a shea-butter cream to obtain a one-of-kind healing treatment for your feet. Plus, shea butter scent makes the experience even nicer.
Urea: An essential component in skin maintenance, urea acts both as a humectant — retaining water into your skin — and as a moisturizer. Urea formulated foot creams are extremely powerful at combatting dry and cracked skin.
Neem oil: Contains ingredients that are beneficial to the skin such as fatty acids, vitamin E, antioxidants, and calcium. An intense moisturizer, neem oil is great to treat dry skin. It also reduces scars and heals wounds.
Wear 100% cotton socks after applying petroleum jelly to prevent cracked heels. Petroleum jelly has been found to be the most effective occlusive moisturizers and retain the water up to 98%.
Don’t walk too much wearing flip flops or flat shoes. Buy the right footwear and allow your feet to relax into lukewarm water as often as possible. Adopt good walking habits and learn how to stand well to avoid too much weight on your feet.
Apply a moisturizer cream to nourish your feet every day, to prevent dryness. Gently massage the entire area from foot to toe, and repeat each day. Find a moisturizer that contains the following ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, petrolatum, or mineral oil as they have great properties for the skin.
Remember that beauty comes from inside and goes down to the feet! So don’t underestimate foot care and treat your feet well.