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Health & Fitness

We Tried It: Foot creams

Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Profoot Heel Rescue Foot Cream

Available at Walgreens, CVS and most major drugstores; $8.50 for 16 ounces

“Designed to penetrate, moisturize and repair even the toughest cracked and calloused feet.”

Having dry, scaly heels is a beauty “don’t” for those of us who practically live in flip-flops. Getting frequent pedicures hasn’t helped, and I’ve read too many horror stories to try a razor. I was hopeful when I read Profoot’s promise of “visible results in less than three days.” The cream is extremely thick, so it’s best to wait a few minutes for it to absorb before putting on your shoes. Another alternative is applying it right before bedtime. The cream did make my heels look smoother right after application, but unfortunately it didn’t have any staying power. Weeks later, my heels pretty much look the same.

Clarisa Gerlach

Profoot Pedi-Rock

Available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens,CVS and online at amazon.com; $7.99

“3x the surface area for softer feet in 60 seconds!”

Most of my calluses come from running, so I never want to get rid of them completely. But I do want to keep my feet looking reasonably smooth, so I’ll go at them every couple of weeks with a pumice stone and a brush, which works pretty well. I assumed the Profoot Pedi-Rock, with its silicon carbide crystal surface, would give similar results. And it did — but it was a bit easier to work with because it isn’t as hard or as flat. It seems huge at first, but it’s a little bit squishy, like a sponge covered with sandpaper, so it conforms to your feet as you use it and it’s easier to grip than a small stone or tool.

Kim Franke-Folstad

Profoot Callus Blaster

Available at Walgreens, CVS and Wal-Mart; $9.52 for 4.2 ounces

“Penetrates deep to quickly break down stubborn calluses in one easy step.”

The beauty of Profoot Callus Blaster is that it’s easy to use. Just apply it to any calluses or rough spots, leave on for three minutes, then wash it off with a clean cloth. My feet felt softer after the first treatment, and I was ready for sandals after three weeks (six uses). I can’t say my calluses were “blasted” away, but my feet are certainly softer and smoother — and that’s all I was hoping for. Though it doesn’t include this step in the instructions, I make the most of the “dermabrasion beads” and massage my feet a bit with the gel before I wash it off. Some reviewers have complained about the harshness of the gel on their hands, but I didn’t have any problems.

Kim Franke-Folstad

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