With summer coming to a close, your feet may be a little worse for wear. And even though your dry, cracked heels won’t be on display during boot season, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to leave the results untreated (because, ouch).
To help bring your feet back to life this season, we’ve rounded up the best products to cure split heels for good. Below, shop all the must-have remedies — some of which you may actually already own.
The skin around cracked heels is often thicker and dryer, and tends to split when you apply pressure (e.g., when you’re on your feet all day). Soaking and exfoliating is a great way to help with this. Once you’ve treated your toots to a 20-minute bath, follow up with a pumice stone to remove any hard, dead skin. We recommend this hearty pumice stone made of volcanic rock, which won’t crumble after repeated use.
Electronic Foot File
For an even easier approach, try an electronic foot file to buff away callouses with little to no effort on your part. Earning the title of Amazon Choice, this option from MicroPure is 100 percent waterproof and rechargeable, so you’ll never have deal with the hassle of batteries.
Once you’ve soaked and sloughed, moisturizing is the next step. If your cracked heels are more severe, heel balm is a must. Offering prescription strength in an over-the-counter ointment, heel balms are highly concentrated formulas that moisturize, soften and exfoliate all in one. Look for ingredients like urea and salicylic acid — both of which are found in Kerasal’s clinically approved formula — for fast, effective results.
Another potent over-the-counter option, liquid bandage is an antiseptic that helps seal and prevent infection. We love this version from Nexcare, as it comes in a nifty spray formula that’s super-easy to apply when you’re in a rush yet won’t budge like your average Bandaid.
For a quick fix you probably already own, try petroleum jelly. As a sealant, it locks in water and the skin’s moisture — so make sure to keep this one handy after you jump out of the shower.
Moisturizing Heel Sleeve
Once you’ve applied your moisturizer of choice, try using gel heel socks to maximize softening benefits. They feature a gel lining to soothe your cracked skin as well as a toeless design to keep your feet cool while you sleep or run errands during the day. We recommend this pair from ZenToes, which is made of an especially breathable cotton for superior comfort.
As a natural alternative, honey has also been proved to help moisturize and heal wounds, as well as prevent infection, thanks to its antibacterial properties. Use it right after your soak or apply it as a foot mask overnight to see the best results. This $12 option, which is also beloved by thousands of reviewers for breakfast time, comes in a 32-ounce size to help you get the most bang for your buck.
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