12 Foot Creams That Do Way More Than Moisturize

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While your feet may not be the first thing that comes to mind when shopping for new skincare products, they shouldn't be completed neglected either. After all, they do a lot and deserve some TLC too. The easiest addition you can make: A foot cream. And the good news is that there is now a cream for every type of foot concern. Whether it’s calluses, cracked heels, blisters, or even a staunch odor—there’s a foot cream out there for you.

Here, our picks for the best foot creams that are sure to put a pep back in your step.

Our Top Picks
Made with coconut and olive oil, the consistency is thick and comes out more like a salve, allowing it to penetrate deep.
This affordable cream is lightweight and won’t leave behind a greasy residue.
Knock out dry, callused heels with this one-two punch.
Not only does the concentrated formula mean a hefty dose of hydration for your skin, but it also means a little goes a long way.
Packed with rich hydrators, it keeps feet hydrated long after it has been applied—a great choice for those with cracked heels.
This pick has antimicrobial ingredients to help heal skin from blisters and cuts.
This cream will help moisturize your skin with the added benefit of taking away any smell.
Best Long-Lasting:
Lavido Foot Cream at Goop.com
The mostly plant-based formula is super hydrating and can leave even the driest feet feeling moisturized for hours after applying.
Best Natural Formula:
SpaRitual Foot Balm at Amazon
This formula is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, or parabens and is great for exfoliating and dissolving away dead skin.
This mask moisturizes and sloughs away dry, dead skin cells to keep your feet soft and smooth.

Best Overall: Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Crème

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Crème
What We Like
  • Thick, nourishing feel

  • Refreshing scent

  • A little goes a long way

What We Don't Like
  • Greasy

If you didn’t know that Burt’s Bees made more than just lip balm, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with this find. Made with coconut and olive oil, the consistency is thick and comes out more like a salve, allowing it to penetrate deep for a rich dose of moisture. The light, refreshing scent of rosemary and peppermint extracts is also a nice bonus.

Active Ingredients: Coconut and olive oils | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 4.3 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Budget: Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream

Eucerin Advanced Repair Foot Cream
What We Like
  • Good value

  • Moisturizes without feeling greasy

  • Helps with calluses

What We Don't Like
  • Contains sulfates

When you want to get the job done (which in this case is nourishing your dry, chapped feet) but don’t want to break the bank, this is the foot cream to reach for. And don’t let the low price tag fool you into thinking it’s any less powerful. In fact, its ability to deeply hydrate (thanks, ceramides!) while also breaking down rough, callused skin (thanks, alpha hydroxy acids!) has earned it a cult-like following. Another added bonus: It’s lightweight and won’t leave behind a greasy residue—two qualities that can be hard to come by in a foot cream. 

Active Ingredients: Urea | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 3 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Calluses: Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care

Sol de Janeiro Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care
What We Like
  • Smells great

  • Includes smoothing tool

  • Rich, moisturizing formula

What We Don't Like
  • A little expensive

Knock out dry, callused heels with this one-two punch. First, exfoliate and file down rough spots using the foot smoothing board (shaped like a mini surfboard so it’s even more appealing to use), then smooth on the moisture-rich cream to nourish the skin. Packed with tropical Brazilian fruits like cupuaçu butter and açaí, along with coconut oil, the creamy formula melts into skin to help restore it to its soft, moisturized self. The brand also promises that you can slip your freshly groomed feet into heels and samba the night away without slipping out of them—just like the locals. 

Active Ingredients: Shea butter, cupuacu butter | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 3 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Moisturizing: L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream
What We Like
  • Relaxing to use

  • Sinks into skin

  • Larger tube than other options

What We Don't Like
  • A little expensive

Shea butter has long been known for its moisturizing superpowers, which is why this cream—made with 15% of the nourishing ingredient—was extra exciting to find. Not only does the concentrated formula mean a hefty dose of hydration for your skin, but it also means a little goes a long way. Take a dime-sized amount (really!) and warm it up between your hands before smoothing it on from your ankles to your toes. While many rich formulas can send you sliding across the floor, this one sinks right in. And if massaging your feet wasn’t enough to put you into a state of zen, the cream’s soothing lavender essential oil scent definitely will. Apply it before bed and get ready for sweet dreams. 

Active Ingredients: 15% shea butter | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 5.2 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Cracked Heels: J.R. Watkins Foot Repair Salve

J.R. Watkins Foot Repair Salve
What We Like
  • Tingling feel

  • Made with natural ingredients

  • Helps soften heels overnight

What We Don't Like
  • Small tin

When cracked heels are the issue, opt for a more concentrated formula in a balm or salve like this one. Packed with rich hydrators like olive oil, beeswax, and candelilla (it’s a flower!) wax, it keeps feet hydrated long after it’s been applied. The peppermint oil is also a nice pick-me-up. Another perk: It’s housed in a tin rather than a pump, making it easy to travel with so you can revive feet on the go. Just be sure to warm it up in your hands before applying so it smoothes on easy. 

Active Ingredients: Olive and peppermint oils | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 2.1 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Blisters: Earth Therapeutics Foot Repair Balm

Earth Therapeutics Foot Repair Balm
What We Like
  • Helps promote healing

  • Great value

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Not Byrdie Clean

Key Ingredients

Aloe vera is a naturally derived ingredient known for its soothing and moisturizing properties. The aloe plant's inner gel mucilage (the part that's used in skin care products) is made up of 99.5% water.

Moisturizing your feet while having blisters is not always easy or fun but this will help. Among the many plant extracts included on the ingredient list are aloe vera and tea tree oil, both of which have been found to help in the healing process of skin and aid in being antimicrobial. With the added moisturizing benefits, your feet will be on the mend in no time.

Active Ingredients: Tea tree oil, aloe vera | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 6 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best for Odor Control: Dr. Hauschka Deodorizing Foot Cream

Dr. Hauschka Deodorizing Foot Cream
What We Like
  • Neutralizes odors

  • Smells great

  • Soaks up moisture

What We Don't Like
  • Small tube

Whether it’s from a certain pair of shoes or excess sweating, smelly feet are no fun not to mention embarrassing. This cream will help moisturize your skin with the added benefit of taking away any smell. Rosemary and sage add a warm, clean scent while silk and rice starch promise to soak up any excess moisture for a powdery fresh finish. 

Active Ingredients: Silk powder, bentonite clay | Skin Type: Oily | Size: 1 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Long-Lasting: Lavido Thera-Intensive Foot Cream

Lavido Thera-Intensive Foot Cream
What We Like
  • Neutralizes odors

  • Made with plant-based ingredients

  • Tingling feel

What We Don't Like
  • A little expensive

Packed with shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and aloe (to name a few), this rich cream is just as the name indicates—intense, but in a good way. The mostly plant-based formula is super hydrating and can leave even the driest feet feeling moisturized for hours after applying. You may even get some odor protection thanks to distilled myrtle and tea tree oil. And while it is on the pricier side, a little goes a long way and your feet will thank you for it.

Active Ingredients: Shea butter, myrtle and tea tree oils | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 4 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Natural Formula: SpaRitual Foot Balm

Sparitual Foot Balm
What We Like
  • Softens heels overnight

  • Smells great

  • Made with organic, Fair Trade ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Contains sulfates

Key Ingredients

Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of acid compounds, most often derived from plant-based sources, which work to exfoliate the skin. They come in a variety of types (like glycolic and lactic acid) and differ in size, and subsequently, penetration and potency.

Tamanu oil and shea butter make this balm ultra rich and yet it quickly melts into skin to nourish parched feet fast. Once you’ve slathered it on, alpha-hydroxy acids (naturally found in papaya extract) get to work exfoliating and dissolving away dead skin cells for softer, smoother skin every time you use it. Stay out in your stilettos a little too long? Not to worry, it’s got you covered there too thanks to aloe vera juice, which helps calm inflammation and even works to heal wounds faster. Another bonus: The happy citrus scent is naturally derived from orange and lemon peel oils. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, or parabens, making for truly happy feet.

Active Ingredients: Shea butter, aloe vera | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 3.4 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Mask: Kocostar Foot Therapy

Kocostar Foot Therapy
What We Like
  • Exfoliates and smooths

  • Works quickly

  • Helps with calluses

What We Don't Like
  • Single-use packaging

Key Ingredients

Shea butter is a plant lipid that comes from African shea tree nuts and is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It's used to help moisturize, nourish, and soothe the skin.

Not into slathering on lotion but still in need of a moisture boost? Go for a mask instead. This one not only moisturizes, thanks to shea butter and a list of plant oils, it also sloughs away dry, dead skin cells due to the plant-based lactic acid and glycolic acid. Simply slide on the coated booties, sealing your feet in tightly (the snugger, the less your feet will slip around), then knock out some of your to-do list (or sit back and relax with a glass of wine—we’re not judging) for the next 90 minutes. After the time is up, slip them off, rinse your feet, and marvel at your fresh, hydrated skin.

Active Ingredients: Denatured alcohol, AHAs | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 1.4 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: No

Best for Sore Feet: Dr. Bronner's Arnica Menthol Balm

Dr. Bronner's Arnica Menthol Balm
What We Like
  • Tingling feel

  • Soothing to use

  • Nice packaging

What We Don't Like
  • Small tin

This multi-purpose balm can be used on everything from dry elbows to tattoos, but we love how well it works for aching feet. While the hydrating benefits are worth it alone (Beeswax! Avocado oil! Jojoba oil! Hemp oil!), it’s the blend of arnica, camphor, menthol, and peppermint oils that do wonders at offering instant relief to tired toes. Soak your feet in the bath before applying for some extra pampering. 

Active Ingredients: Organic beeswax, jojoba oil | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 2 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Smelling: Carol's Daughter Lavender Mint Foot Cream

Carol's Daughter Lavender Mint Foot Cream
What We Like
  • Relaxing to use

  • Cooling feel

  • Helps with calluses

What We Don't Like
  • A little greasy

Soothe and reinvigorate tired feet with the sweet scent of this moisturizing lotion. Lavender helps to calm the senses while peppermint oil adds a cooling sensation for a mental and physical boost after a long day on your toes. While the naturally derived scent lingers behind after it’s applied, it’s not annoying or overpowering—more like a gentle reminder to take a deep breath when you catch a whiff. And while the scent is what stood out, the shea butter- and beeswax formula is also worth noting.

Active Ingredients: Shea butter, beeswax | Skin Type: Dry | Size: 6.1 fl. oz | SPF: No | Byrdie Clean: No | Cruelty-Free: Yes

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