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Best Foot Forward; Our top foot care picks for your tootsies

The demands of hard working feet can take their toll on your skin, often leading to dry, itchy and damaged skin.

As the body’s first line of defence, skin is susceptible to increased moisture loss through exposure to the elements and sweating, leading to dry, cracked skin. A damaged skin barrier leaves the body exposed to irritants and bacteria, allowing allergens and bacteria to enter which may lead to inflammation, as well as a vicious cycle of increased drying and ongoing itching.

Check out our top picks for fabulous foot care to ease away any aches and pains and skin irritations

 Balneum Dry & Itch Relief Cream

The Balneum Dry & Itch Relief Cream locks in moisture to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier, for soft and supple skin. The active ingredients provide long lasting moisturisation and fast acting itch relief whilst boosting, balancing and restoring natural oils to relieve dry skin. Balneum is an expert therapeutic skincare brand clinically proven to relieve even the toughest dry skin.

The demands of hard working feet can take their toll on your skin, often leading to drying and damaged. Lock in moisture with the Balneum Dry & Itch Relief Cream and help to restore the skin’s natural protective barrier, for soft and supple skin.

The Balneum Dry & Itch Relief Cream is dermatologically tested and clinically proven to relieve itchy skin in 5 minutes or less thanks to its active ingredients, 5% Urea and 3% Lauromacrogols for 24 hour moisturisation and fast acting itch relief.

It deeply hydrates and soothes all types of dry skin, including those prone to eczema and psoriasis, and has been recommended by 86% of Mumsnet Testers. Use twice daily on the affected area.

£12.99 for 200ml, Available from on Amazon:

Overnight Foot Cream from Ecooking

Ecooking’s award-winning Overnight Foot Cream nourishes the skin whilst you sleep. The potent formula contains lactic acid to exfoliate the skin whilst improving collagen production. Menthol and eucalyptus oils help to reduce cracking and alleviate infections. The cream provides a much needed moisture boost thanks to organic sesamum indicum seed oil and natural panthenol.

AMELIORATE Intensive Foot Treatment £15

AMELIORATE Intensive Foot Treatment resurfaces the stubborn areas of hard skin whilst providing long-term relief to very dry, rough feet and cracked heels. Designed for very dry, rough feet and hard thickened skin, in independent tests 94% agreed that the product improved the texture of their feet and 100% agreed their feet felt moisturised! Our unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex and a blend of Shea Butter, Glycerine and Jojoba Oil soften and enhance skin’s elasticity while intensely moisturising, while Farnesol deodorises.

*Tested on 51 people with very dry, rough, thickened feet and cracked heels

Footner Exfoliating Socks

Footner Exfoliating Socks are the beauty editors’ go-to for an at-home pedicure treatment without all the filing, scraping and grating. After one 60-minute ‘wear’ of the socks, any hard, dead skin on your feet actually peels off within 7-10 days, revealing a layer of smooth, rejuvenated skin underneath. They are an effective, minimal-effort solution to keeping your feet baby-soft all year round. Footner’s special formula promotes a natural process of peeling by using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which help to loosen the dead skin, while moisturisers in the formula leave the skin super soft and smooth after use. Footner Exfoliating Socks are free from parabens and are dermatologically tested.

CCS Foot Care Cream

CCS Foot Care Cream is a Swedish solution to dry and callused skin on your feet, and has been used and recommended by podiatrists for over 40 years. This product embodies key ideologies embraced in Scandinavian beauty regimes: natural ingredients, moisturisation and ‘less is more’. With CCS, there is no need to rub away with a pumice stone or foot file. It contains eucalyptus oil and 10% urea, a moisturiser naturally occurring in the human body, which effectively softens, moisturises and improves the skin’s protective barrier.

CCS Heel Balm

CCS Heel Balm is a more intensive treatment for the heels containing 25% urea and lactic acid which exfoliates, softens and moisturises the skin, helping to repair cracked or dry heels. Twice daily applications could ensure an improvement in as little as three days, with visible results within seven days.

Tropic Ocean Fizz Foot Soak, £6,

Soften feet like never before with this refreshing, effervescent foot soak, created for rough skin that needs intense soothing. If you suffer from dry, hard skin, it’s time you enjoyed revitalised, supple soles. Formulated with sea salt, eucalyptus oil and coconut coir fibres. 

Tropic Polishing Foot Pebble, £9,

Buff dry skin to perfection with this innovative, foaming cleansing pebble that helps to smooth out rough skin, soften dry and cracked heels, and leave feet smelling of refreshing peppermint. This is a must-have bathroom essential for beautifully soft and supple feet. Formulated with Bora Bora white sands, Tahitian volcanic ash and peppermint.

Dr. Hauschka Deodorising Foot Cream, £17 

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care; Dr. Hauschka Kosmetik

Our Deodorising Foot Cream acts like a protective layer of powder, coating the skin of your feet and in between your toes. It absorbs excess moisture immediately and with lasting effect, and protects the skin against rubbing and pressure points. Meanwhile, the composition of natural essential oils in Dr. Hauschka Deodorising Foot Cream freshens the feet and promotes healthy skin flora.

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