I’ve been loving these three products for when I want smooth, soft feet in just a few minutes, when there’s not much time and/or if I am too lazy to soak and do the whole at home pedicure routine. The Diamancel Foot Buffer #11 ($49; sephora.com) is one to be used dry and gets rid of rough, dry and cracked skin and most importantly, the sandpaper-y texture that I often end up with on my heels. You can see the dry skin buffing away, but feet needs to be very dry (no water, no moisture or it may ruin the buffer’s texture) for the file to work as expected. It is pricey, but has lasted me almost a year now and looks as good as new. Just wash off with warm water, maybe mild soap too sometimes, pat dry and its good to be used again. I usually do this before a shower, after which skin softens up a little more, which is when I follow up with one of my two current favorite foot creams.
One is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream ($28; loccitaneusa.com) which has been a staple for me - love the scent, it sinks in well and does’t make feet too slippery. I would still recommend it only for when you are going to be home or before going to bed. The Out of Africa Shea Butter Foot Cream with Peppermint and Tea Tree ($8.99; outofafricashea.com; press sample) is new to me - it is very hydrating, maybe a little too minty and tingly, but very nice for summer. It is quite rich in texture & makes feet slippery when on, so be sure to wear socks to seal the moisture in. Both these creams leave feet looking soft by morning and don’t leave a greasy residue once it completely sinks in overnight. One thing to keep in mind with the Diamancel #11 foot buffer is that it does require to be followed up with a thicker foot cream or skin can feel raw and really irritated the next day. It is quite strong at buffing away dead skin, so seal everything with a good moisturizer to lock in the softness. As with any other foot buffer, don’t use it on too intense calluses or severely cracked skin even though the product might claim to take care of it well.