What to Look For in Foot Lotions to Soften Cracked Heels

Because your feet deserve to have healthy, glowing skin, too.

Close up of woman's feet on the beach
These creams make it easier to get baby-soft feet.Unsplash/Jan Romero

Standing on your feet all day and wearing open-backed shoes can lead to irritating, unsightly cracks on your heels. When an everyday moisturizer isn’t getting the job done to soften them, you may need to turn to something that penetrates deeply for best results.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment - Dry Skin Moisturizer - Dry Hands, Heels, Elbows, Lips

Allover Solution

Thick but not greasy, this salve penetrates deeply.Aquaphor

For deeply cracked heels, try applying a thick moisturizing cream at night, then immediately slipping on a pair of socks so you don’t slip on your floors or stain your floors sheets. Leave the socks on while you sleep to let the cream sink in completely.

Kerasal Intensive Foot Repair, Deeply Moisturizes - Visible Results in Just 1 Day - 1 Ounce

Soothes and Exfoliates

There’s no skin too rough or dry for this exfoliating and nourishing ointment.Kerasal

If your cracked heels have turned into a severe situation right before your eyes (trust us, you’re not alone!), you may want to opt for a product that’s specific to feet. Often, these are able to exfoliate the top layer that’s otherwise difficult to penetrate, allowing moisture to seep into deeper layers of the skin for enhanced care.

PurSources Urea 40% Foot Cream 4 oz - Best Callus Remover - Moisturizes & Rehydrates Thick, Cracked, Rough, Dead & Dry Skin - For Feet, Elbows and Hands + Free Pumice Stone

Softens with Plant Extracts

Tea tree oil, chamomile and aloe vera provide soothing relief to stressed out heels.PurSources

Why is urea such a great solution for dry, cracked heels? It’s a natural humectant, which means it pulls moisture into the skin instead of away from it. When you combine this beneficial ingredient with soothing plant extracts like aloe vera and chamomile, you have a salve that won’t further irritate sensitive skin.