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Do you dread sandal season because of yellowed toenails? In winter, do you avoid playing footsie under the covers for fear your cracked heels and calluses will cause your partner to recoil? No matter the weather, foot care is essential in order to keep your feet healthy and beautiful.
Luckily, we’ve got fixes for the common complaints above. Our roundup of foot-pampering products is backed up by great customer reviews, and won’t break the bank.
Keep scrolling to shop FIRST‘s picks for foot care products that will have you happily showing off your feet in all seasons, and sporting the season’s cutest sandals this summer!
Where to buy: $47.95, Amazon
Toenails can take on a yellow tinge from dark polish, hormone flux, or even friction between your toes and shoes. But a nail polish enriched with vitamin C and tea tree oil can help. Vitamin C brightens nails, while tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties. Plus, choosing polish in a pink shade helps offset any lingering yellow. Simply swipe on nails once every two weeks to see a difference in as little as a month.
This kit from Dr.’s Remedy includes two different pretty pink hues: Resilient Rose and Brave Berry. In addition to vitamin C and tea tree oil, these polishes are packed with good-for-your-nails ingredients like garlic bulb extract, lavender, wheat protein. Plus, you get a two-in-one clear base/top coat enriched with a blend of biotin, tea tree oil, cactus, ginseng and kale extract to keep nails healthy and strong.
Writes one happy reviewer, “This is my second polish set from Dr.’s Remedy and I will never use anything else on my toes. I had a stupid toenail fungus infection and the cost of the meds and having to leave polish off for months at a time is not something I want to visit again. I’ve been using this polish for about five months and my nails look AWESOME each time I take it off.”
Where to buy: $25, Amazon
Painful and unsightly cracks along the heels set in when layers of dry skin harden, then split from pressure caused by walking or standing. Scrubbing the dry skin with a pumice stone is often recommended, but it can irritate injured skin even more. A better option: Baby Foot exfoliating foot peel treatment! These foot masks contain fruit-derived alpha hydroxy acids that penetrate deep into the skin, gently breaking down thick, dead layers. These are infused with lavender, which has anti-inflammatory properies, and also contains hydrating and soothing ingredients to help your feet feel soft and smooth.
Using these is easy: Simply slip your feet into the booties, seal them up, and leave them on for an hour while your skin absorbs the gel. Thoroughly rinse, and you’re done. A few days later, dead skin will begin to painlessly fall away, and in a week, your feet will be like new.
This happy customer gave Baby Foot five stars, writing, “This stuff is amazing. I have horrible, dry, cracked ‘desert floor’ heels due to being disabled, and having a hard time maintaining my feet. I never write reviews, but I was too impressed with this product not to post one!”
Where to buy: $15.51 for a 3-pack, Amazon
The spa-inspired fix for hard, thick patches of skin? Use an exfoliating sponge infused with shea butter, like this one from Spongeables. The sponge sloughs off dead skin while releasing shea butter, which delivers vitamin E and fatty acids to moisturize and heal, says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. Just soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, then buff calluses for two minutes and rinse. Use once a week for silky skin in 30 days.
Take it from this satisfied customer, who posted a rave review: “These things are AMAZING!!! They literally keep my feet clean and smooth!! Almost as good as a pedicure!! I will be buying these for life!”
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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