Exfoliating Foot Creams

by Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated July 18, 2017

Over time, the skin on your feet can become hard and thick and create unsightly layers on your heels and toes. This can be especially problematic when summer rolls around and you begin wearing sandals or open-toed and open-heeled footwear. Although a pedicure can make quick work of calluses and ugly skin, an at-home exfoliating cream can also help, reports Oprah Winfrey's "O" magazine.

Barielle Rejuvenating Foot Treatment

Barielle's foot cream was ranked as the best foot cream by "InStyle" magazine's beauty editors. They loved its heavy-duty texture that's rich in emollients to soften and hydrate your feet. The manufacturer adds alpha hydroxy acids, which work as chemical exfoliants to slough off dead skin and exfoliate your feet. Dr. Bradford Katchen, a dermatologist reviewing the foot cream for the magazine, also liked its herbal extracts like lemon oil.

Philosophy Soul Owner

Philosophy's exfoliating foot cream is designed to target hard, cracked skin on your feet. As emollients like fatty acids soften your skin, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, forms of beta hydroxy and alpha hydroxy acids, respectively, penetrate your skin cells to loosen them and help get rid of flakes. Additional beneficial ingredients include eucalyptus oil.

Kerasal One Step Exfoliating Moisturizer Therapy

Sheril Bailey, a celebrity manicurist writing for "InStyle" magazine, ranked Kerasal's exfoliating foot treatment as the best on the market. The product itself is very simple. A heavy emollient base made of white petrolatum and glycerin create a moisture-rich seal around your cracked, dry feet to hydrate them. Meanwhile, urea and salicylic acid help dissolve dead skin for softer results.

Akileine Exfoliating Foot Cream

PPS Footcare's Akileine Exfoliating Foot Cream is a salicylic acid peel used to dissolve hyperkeratosis, calluses and hard skin on the bottom of your feet. To use, smooth the product on your damp feet and allowed it to dry. As you brush off the dried product with a pumice stone or foot file, the product exfoliates your skin to slowly slough away calluses and other problematic skin conditions.

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About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.