The Best Foot Creams

Many people think of foot cream as a luxury exclusive to posh pedicures when, in fact, it should be part of your daily routine. If your feet are prone to cracked heels, calluses or dry or itchy skin, then it’s essential to apply a decent foot cream after a shower or bath, when they’re more likely to absorb the minerals and nutrients. It offers excellent value at under a tenner, and the concentration of ingredients (including 10% urea and lactate, the body's ownnatural moisturisers) means a little goes a long way. It’s super-moisturising – some may find it a bit too sticky – and we love thatit feels comforting, soothing and repairing, bringing your feet back to life at the end of a hard day. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Foot Cream has won awards and includes lavender essential oilandarnica extract, which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Start with the former, and then move on to the hydrating blend of cupuacu butter, acai and coconut oil, with a delicious scent dubbed Sol De Janeiro's 'Bum Bum Cream'. Alongside coconut oil are rosemary and peppermint extracts, which help to smooth your skin to leave it feeling soft. No review of this cream would be completewithoutmentioning the incredible minty coconut smell too – and the fact that one tube will happily last a few months. If you have a specific problem that causes your feet much pain and discomfort – diabetic neuropathy or very badly cracked heels, for example – then yes, you should get a prescription treatment from a dermatologist. That said, more expensive creams are likely to contain more natural and hypoallergenic ingredients, as well as essential oils to help soothe pain, prevent infection and relieve inflammation.