Felipe Partarrieu is a final year dermatology resident, who is GMC registered with a full licence to practise in the UK. Specialising in cosmeceuticals, facial skin care, and hair disorders, we worked with Felipe to bring you top quality information to help you make informed buying decisions and understand more about what goes onto your skin.
If it’s a hit of moisture you need for feet trapped inside socks all winter, there are plenty of deeply hydrating ingredients to hit the spot. But which ones should you look out for to give the hard skin on your heels and soles a new lease of life?
Contrary to popular belief, due to its association with the cannabis plant, hemp seed oil does not contain mind or mood-altering THC. Hemp seed oil is high in omega acids 3, 6, and 9, which help repair the skin barrier and form a seal over the skin to keep moisture trapped inside.
These same omega acids also help lower inflammation in the skin. Besides being one of the best humectants, Glycerin also helps the skin shield itself from environmental sources of irritation and enhances the penetration of other active ingredients into the skin’s uppermost layers.
One way to help these creams to act better and quicker is to soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes before applying the cream. Moisturisers with exfoliants like urea and salicylic acid used 2-3 times per day help prevent heel cracks with regular use.
Urea has both humectant (moisturising) and keratolytic (get rid of dead skin) properties depending on concentration (10% being the cut-off point), so choose wisely depending on how cracked/dry your heels are. Also, remember that urea may cause a stinging sensation if applied to fissures or other broken skin.
As well as the physical effects certain formulas can have on hard or dry skin, some creams are also designed to cool, soothe, and increase foot hygiene. Here are some suggestions for ingredients that will refresh your weary toes.
Peppermint oil, a common ingredient found in foot creams, has a cooling effect which soothes irritation due to its 30-50 % menthol content.
This cooling sensation can have a calming effect on the body and relieve tension in sore muscles. It also improves circulation, which helps with skin itching and has vaso-constrictor (anti-redness), antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
The Body Shop
Coconut Moisturising Foot Cream
Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure Foot Mask
Moisturising Foot Cream
For Healthy Feet Foot Cream
Sea Minerals and Mint Foot Cream
Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic
Hemp Seed Oil Foot Protector Cream
Hard Skin and Callus Balm
Shea Butter Foot Cream
Perfect Heels Rescue Balm
Coconut Oil Based Cream With 99% Natural Ingredients
Single Use Moisturising Mask for Home Pedicure
Fast-Absorbing 10% Urea Foot Cream to Eliminate Dry Skin
Deeply Moisturising Foot Cream for Hard Skin
Peppermint Foot Cream to Refresh Tired and Sweaty Feet
Vitamin E Rich Formula for Rough and Dry Skin
Heavy-Duty Hemp Foot Cream for Moisturising Skin and Nails
Exfoliating Cream With Salicylic Acid for Calluses and Discolouration
Award-Winning Shea-Butter Formula With Antiseptic Lavender Oil
A Gentle Balm for Cracked Heels
|Key Ingredients||Coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin||Rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax||Lanolin, vitamin E, lactic acid||Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone||Glycerin, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter||Shea butter, peppermint oil, eucalyptus, mango butter, vitamin E||Hemp seed oil, glycerin||Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic acid||Shea butter, glycerin, mint||Cotton thistle, glycerin, shea butter|
|Urea||No||No||Yes, 10%||Yes||No||No||No||Yes, 22%||No||Yes|
|Best For||Dry skin||Dry, Cracked Skin||Very dry feet||Extremely dry, cracked feet||Dry and dehydrated feet||Rough and dry skin||Very dry skin and nails||Stubborn calluses, thickened skin and nails||Dry - very dry feet, sweat||Dry skin, cracked heels|
|Aim||Moisturising||Hydrate and moisturise||Intensive hydration||Moisturising||Hydration||Soothing and moisturising||Moisturising, protecting||Softening, exfoliation||Nourishing and softening||Moisturising|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Key Ingredients||Coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin|
|Best For||Dry skin|
|Key Ingredients||Rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax|
|Best For||Dry, Cracked Skin|
|Aim||Hydrate and moisturise|
|Key Ingredients||Lanolin, vitamin E, lactic acid|
|Best For||Very dry feet|
|Key Ingredients||Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone|
|Best For||Extremely dry, cracked feet|
|Key Ingredients||Glycerin, Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter|
|Best For||Dry and dehydrated feet|
|Key Ingredients||Shea butter, peppermint oil, eucalyptus, mango butter, vitamin E|
|Best For||Rough and dry skin|
|Aim||Soothing and moisturising|
|Key Ingredients||Hemp seed oil, glycerin|
|Best For||Very dry skin and nails|
|Key Ingredients||Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic acid|
|Best For||Stubborn calluses, thickened skin and nails|
|Key Ingredients||Shea butter, glycerin, mint|
|Best For||Dry - very dry feet, sweat|
|Aim||Nourishing and softening|
|Key Ingredients||Cotton thistle, glycerin, shea butter|
|Best For||Dry skin, cracked heels|
After around 10 minutes of soaking, dry your feet and gently rub away rough skin on your heels, soles, and toes with a callus-removing foot file. Then take a scoop of your chosen product and massage thoroughly into your skin. Once absorbed, add your favourite colour polish for a splash of fabulous!
Written and researched by Annie Hopkins
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