The Surprising Way to Cure Rough, Dry Heels

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Any lady who spends May to September exclusively in sandals is no stranger to rough, flaky heels. Glamourous, we know. And all those sanding blocks, foot razors, moisturizing treatments, even that callous-eliminating gel from the nail salon, always seems to yield lackluster results. But turns out, the solution to silky-soft feet has literally been right in front of face all along—salicylic acid.

Yes, the same ingredient we use to banish unsightly blemishes is also a godsend for rough, cracked heels. Here’s why: salicylic acid exfoliates the top layer of skin cells and allows cream to penetrate deep into the skin and work its magic on even the driest of surfaces. With so many products on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choices. But lucky for you and your pretty little toes, Haute Living has rounded up the best skin-softening treatments from luxury New York City retailers so you can can a jumpstart on sandal season (even if you’re still rocking snow boots).

Bliss Foot Patrol ($18)
blissThis peppermint-smelling foot treatment fights dry skin using a one-two-three punch. It smoothes, softens, and refreshes even the driest feet.

Philosophy Soul Owner Exfoliating Foot Cream ($16)
soul owner

Super-charged with salicylic and glycol acids, this foot cream reduces rough soles, sloughs dead skin, and dissolves calluses. Plus, it smells like eucalyptus and lavender!

CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream ($11)
foot cream

Using a patented formula, this everyday foot cream releases salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, ceramides, niacin amide, and other essential ingredients throughout the day so they penetrate deep into extremely dry skin to hydrate and nourish.

Clarisonic Pedi Boost ($32)
pedi boost

For silky-soft skin, apply this powerful foot peel twice a week. It’s specifically designed to exfoliate and renew feet without harsh particles.

Caudalie Foot Beauty Cream ($15)
foot gel

This creamy balm intensely nourishes and refreshes your feet without the use of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.


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