Summer Skin Care

The $10 Exfoliating Foot Cream a Derm Says Is Like a Pedicure in a Bottle

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As we're headed into summer, we become painfully aware of how crusty our feet are. The cracks and flakes are easy to ignore when hidden in boots and sneakers, but the second the sandals come out, they're unavoidable. If you're looking for a quick and easy, at-home solution, look no further than AmLactin Foot Repair.

"AmLactin contains lactic acid and is great for dry skin that is also flaky—perfect for dry heels," says Caren Campbell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in California. "I recommend this for my patients who need gentle exfoliation and hydration."

Lactic acid, the star ingredient in AmLactin Foot Repair ($10), is an alpha-hydroxy acid that works by loosening the glue that holds the cells together on the uppermost layers of skin. This process melts away dead skin cells and reveals smoother skin. It's a form of chemical exfoliation, which is gentler than the mechanical exfoliation you get from using something like a pumice stone. It's the perfect DIY method because you don't have to worry about accidentally scraping too hard.

While the lactic acid does its thing, the formula also uses ingredients like glycerin and petrolatum to hydrate your skin and lock in moisture. This balance keeps your foot skin strong and healthy.

"If you're looking to smooth your skin, you could throw on a very high concentration of AHAs, and you'll be guaranteed to have smoother skin, but if you're not providing support [from hydrating ingredients] as well, it will be compromised and more susceptible to damage," Dendy Engleman, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York, previously tells Well+Good. "Even if your skin doesn't have the same intense hydration needs this time of year as it does when it's 20 below zero, you still need to hydrate and provide support to your skin barrier."

Grab a bottle of this $10 lotion to keep your feet looking pedicure-fresh at all times.

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