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I know that in winter, most people aren't thinking about taking care of their feet but I like to take care of them all year round - not just in terms of keeping them soft but if you are on your feet a lot, getting rid of hard skin really helps in terms of comfort. I suffer from foot pain, due to Bartonella so I make it my priority to do what I can to help to relieve the pain and discomfort in any way I can. Today, I want to share the best products that I have found in terms of foot care and also suggest some more budget-friendly alternatives. This post isn't sponsored and I bought everything myself.
Footner Exfoliating Socks: I actually received a pair of these in PR last summer and found them to be so effective that I went on to repurchase them. They are so easy to use - you literally put them on clean feet and tie around the ankle with the sticker attached. Wear them for an hour and let them do their thing before removing and washing your feet. These socks contain a combination of acids, which exfoliate the skin. A slight tingling can be felt while they are on but it isn't uncomfortable. Within 3/4 days, peeling will start to occur and will last for up to 10 days, so bear this in mind if using before a holiday or special event where you are wearing sandals as you will need to allow enough time for your skin to shed. It's quite gross/satisfying to see the skin peel as it's like a sock made from skin! lol! If you have very stubborn areas of dry skin, these socks are the best thing ever as they leave skin feeling baby soft and smooth as well as much more comfortable for general walking.
The next four products are from my favourite foot care brand, Margaret Dabbs, which isn't the cheapest but if you want to buy any of them, use the code LYMIN at checkout to save 20% on Look Fantastic.
Margaret Dabbs Foot File: I have tried lots of foot files over the years but this one is, without a doubt, the best that I have used. The pads are replaceable but the steel body should last forever. This only needs to be used once weekly and it is so effective at removing thick or hard skin on the soles of the feet and also the ankles. Followed with one of the other products mentioned in this post, keeps feet soft and smooth.
Margaret Dabbs Foot Hygiene Cream: I adore this foot cream because it contains tea tree oil, which has anti fungal and antibacterial properties - ideal if you get sweaty feet from working out or just walking a lot. It's a hard balm that transforms to an oil when massaged between the fingers and then into the feet. It leaves skin feeling super smooth but it's advisable to wear socks afterwards as feet will be slippy! It doesn't need to be used on a daily basis - once weekly after using the file is ideal.
Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion: I use this lotion daily and adore not only the lemon scent but how nourishing and hydrating it is. It's really lightweight, absorbs quickly so it can be applied without any down time and with daily use, it really does keep heels and soles soft.
Margaret Dabbs Intensive Foot Treatment Oil: This is actually my least favourite product from the brand, despite the fact that it is actually effective. The spray applicator is a little too messy for my liking and I actually find that it isn't as nourishing as the lotion. That being said, if I apply it at night and then wear a pair of socks, I will always wake to softer feet. It's an effective product but not one I'd repurchase.
Affordable alternatives: O'Keefe's, Flexitol and Ameliorate.
Do you take care of your feet in winter or just leave it until you need to in Summer? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!