Buttery foot balms help silken rough, dry, cracked feet.
By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
There are many of types of therapy, from head to toe, and right now, I’m starting at the bottom because my feet are dry, cracked, scaly, flaky, thick, hard, coarse, rough and generally depressed.
Buttery foot balms on the brain? Why yes, and here’s a heaping handful to choose from that will soften, soothe, and hand-heal those thick meat slabs you’ve built up this winter. Plus, I threw in some peels and scrubs to make sure those butters soak in good.
Earth Therapeutics Tee Tree Oil Gentle Foot Peel
If you want to instantly slough off the rough dry skin that’s built up on those feet down there, start with a foot peel. This natural herbal complex is made from an alpha-hydroxy fruit complex that gently rolls the dry flakes away. The Australian Tea Tre Oil and botanicals protect and comfort your skin to a smooth texture. $7.99, earththerapeutics.com
The fresh mint cools, and the holy basil speeds up the natural detoxifying process for silky soft feet. And as the wise yogi says “when cleansing the body, always start with the feet, making your body feel grounded and the mind balanced.” $16, at Barney’s department store and barneys.com
Lao Tze Cooling Foot Balm
This rich balm is a highly unique blend of Chinese mint and Yi Yi Ren, an herb known in Chinese medicine as the “seeds of Job’s tears.” Together they cool and nourish the skin, leaving a silky soft and supple texture. Tired feet are revitalized and the whole body benefits. $15, at Barney’s department store and barneys.com
Earth Therapeutics Triple 3 Butter Foot Balm
Take cocoa butter, mango butter and shea butter, and you have a moisture trifecta: three extra layers of protection to soothe, heal, and revive damaged feet.
You’ll love the thick and rich consistency of this highly emollient butter balm as it pampers your skin on contact.
We also can’t help but love that it’s greaseless, contains no mineral oil, parabens, artificial colors, laurel sulfate, and is not tested on animals. $11.99, earththerapeutics.com
Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream
This celebrity bedside basic for its earth-friendly, no-fuss formula of coconut oil, rosemary and peppermint extracts. It’s super light, melts on the skin, and smells good enough to eat. $9.00, burtsbees.com
Josie Maran Argan Balm
From taming frizzy hair and fly-aways to hydrating the flakiest, scaliest feet, this multitasking miracle balm makes sure that no part of your body ever goes dry again.
Made with Argan Oil, it penetrates quickly and is deeply soothing for skin that is craving moisture. It also creates a protective barrier to seal in skin’s hydration, providing immediate visible relieve for even the driest skin. $42, Sephora, sephora.com and QVC
Erbaviva Refreshing Foot Balm
Ginger and lavender relieve sore muscles and comfort aching feet, ankles and legs, while grapefruit and cypress help reduce water retention and stimulate circulation.
Sublimely scented, this must-have item is completely free from petroleum and other unwanted ingredients. $15, erbaviva.com
KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr Rejuvenating Foot Balm
Created to soothe, nourish, cool and enliven tired, aching feet, this lotion includes noni extract (an anti-oxidant from the Indian Mulberry), plant extracts, essential fatty acids and essential oils, and features a non-greasy formula. A must-have conditioning essential, feet are left looking and feeling refreshed and renewed. $31, koraorganics.com
Earth Therapeutics Reflexology Foot Massage
If no one else will do it, do it to yourself! Massage this natural, greaseless treatment in to soften rough, dry skin and calluses. The massaging will help increase blood circulation, revitalize energy, and reduce stress. The blend of lavender and wild mint will help you relax as the Australian Tea Tree Oil melts into your skin. $9.99, earththerapeutics.com