Summer can be punishing on your feet. As the sandal season draws to an end, we’ve rounded up six of the best foot creams to leave your feet refreshed and light after sun, sand, sea, sneakers and sandals have all taken their toll – with not a cracked heel in sight
Cracked heels can be as much as a nuisance in summer as wasps around ice-cream, but thankfully there’s a product that knows just how to handle it. Perfect Heels Rescue Balm from This Works contains Cotton Thistle extract and lemon oil, and is pleasantly non-sticky and non-greasy, which means you can slide your shoes straight back on after you’ve slathered it on. A bonus not to be underestimated.
This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm, £16. Buy now
What London chiropodist Margaret Dabbs doesn’t know about feet isn’t worth knowing. Her fast-absorbing non-greasy Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion contains Emu Oil, which is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and penetrates the dermal layers and moisturises, replenishing and revitalising the skin. Users report almost instant results. Worth every penny, says one.
Margaret Dabbs Foot Lotion, £25. Buy now
Elemis knows a thing or two about soothing tired feet after a long, hard sandal season. Its Treat Your Feet Foot Cream contains two of the most hydrating ingredients known to womankind: shea butter and jojoba oil, which melts beautifully into the skin, smoothing and hydrating rough dry areas. It is also infused with aromatic patchouli, eucalyptus and lemon oils to help comfort.
Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream, £20. Buy now
There’s nothing like a heavenly scented foot cream to make you feel instantly better, and fragrances don’t get lovelier than this. Inspired by the walled garden at Babington House, On the Hoof contains essential oils of grapefruit and earthy clary sage and rosemary as well as avocado oil, shea nut butter and deodorising echinacea. Guaranteed to make light work of hard skin and deeply refreshing.
Cowshed On the Hoof Foot Balm, £19. Buy now
Your feet may not be the first things you think about when it comes to exfoliating but they will definitely thank you for it if you buy a tub of Pumice foot scrub from Neal’s Yard Remedies – a product that promises to get to work on even the toughest soles. It contains an exfoliating mix of peach seed and pumice to soften dry, hard or cracked skin and softening mallow and ginger mint work to smooth and freshen your feet.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Pumice Foot Scrub, £15. Buy now
Not the most glamorous of topics, but cramming your feet into trainers when temperatures soar isn’t ideal and can lead to nasties such as athlete’s foot and odour. To remedy the effects of sports and sweat-prone feet, Margaret Dabbs has formulated a Foot Hygiene Cream which will eradicate the symptoms of sore, scaly, dry, cracked, blistered skin and discoloured nails. Just what the foot doctor ordered.
Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream, £20. Buy now