These Products Will *Actually* Give You Soft Feet, According to a … – Camille Styles

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By Langa Chinyoka
Summer is over, and like many of you, I’m transitioning my skincare for colder, dryer weather. And if the warmer months included lots of carefree barefoot days, it might be time to channel some of that energy into the pursuit of baby-soft feet. Paying a little extra attention to the care of your feet is almost an annual rite of passage, and this year I’m determined to figure out exactly how to get soft feet.
Thankfully, my curiosity has led to a deep dive on the subject. To keep calluses, corns, and cracks at bay until next summer, know this: soft feet are built in the fall. If you spent your summer exposing your heels to the elements, frolicking barefoot, or whatever else you get up to in your flip-flops and strappy sandals, chances are, it shows.
And if you’re at all invested in skincare, body care, and even scalp care, then why would you stop at your ankles? Foot care is the next step to soft skin all over. Fall means flaky, dry skin for everyone. So, as you add body scrubs and body oils to your routine, start giving yourself at-home pedicures every so often to maintain soft, smooth feet.
Featured image by Michelle Nash.
Upgrading your foot hygiene isn’t just about aesthetics. According to podiatrists, keeping your feet healthy is key to long-term foot health, fending off infections or fungus, and keeping your toenails strong and healthy. And one rigorous pedicure won’t fix your cracked soles. Regular foot care can be as simple as buying a few foot peels, trying out foot scrubs, and layering cozy socks over well-moisturized toes.
To discover how to get soft feet, I spoke to Dr. Sabrina Fabi, a renowned cosmetic dermatologist based in California. Turns out, a few intentional practices and carefully chosen ingredients can slough away the dead skin on your soles and reveal baby soft skin.
Renowned cosmetic dermatologist
“If your heels are cracked, it’s time to give them some special moisturization care,” says Dr. Fabi. But luckily, you can vastly improve dryness with at-home remedies and rituals like exfoliation and overnight moisturization.
“You can start with a foot soak for about 10-15 minutes in soapy warm water. Then gently scrub with a loofah or pumice stone to remove any dry skin. Once your feet are dry, apply a thick moisturizing foot cream, not lotion.”
According to Dr. Fabi, you can polish away callouses and hard skin with chemical exfoliation as well as physical friction.
“In addition to soaking your feet and scrubbing them with a loofah or pumice stone, you can treat tough, flaky skin on your feet by using a product that will gently exfoliate the skin and contains lactic acid,” says Dr. Fabi.
“Like any other part of your body, it’s important to maintain moisture in the skin to keep it smooth and healthy. Using a good moisturizing cream daily right after your shower helps to prevent hard skin and keep your feet hydrated,” says Dr. Fabi.
Massaging moisturizing ingredients into your skin every day is key to keeping your feet soft. Dr. Fabi recommends products containing humectants—urea is one of her favorites—that draw moisture into the skin at least twice a day.
“Products that contain ammonium lactate and hyaluronic acid are key ingredients for hydrating the skin. This, combined with lactic acid, which exfoliates dead skin cells, prevents dry, flaky skin.”
Natural ingredients can also play a part in your foot care routine. Skip the DIY skincare for your face, but many natural ingredients might actually work on the tougher skin of your feet. Make a foot scrub, soak your feet in soapy water, then follow up with natural moisturizers. DIY ingredients include:
But DIY is not the only way to go. There are tons of products to give you smooth, soft feet. From drugstore creams to exfoliators and foot masks, the ultimate guide to soft feet is here.
Isdin Uradin Podos Gel Oil

CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream

Glytone Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream

ELEMIS Treat Your Feet Foot Cream

Buly 1803 Pommade Concrète

Susanne Kaufmann Foot Cream

Pursoma Bain de Pied Recovery Foot Soak

Skin BUTTR Au Natural Coffee Scrub

Soft Services Carea Cream

Patchology PoshPeel PediCure

Aveeno Repairing Cica Foot Mask

Supergoop! Cloud 9 100% Mineral Sun Balm SPF 40

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