I have very dry skin on the soles of my feet and nothing did the trick. I tried slathering a thin layer of my lip balm - Smith's Rosebud Salve on them and have been using it ever since. It's only 5 bucks per tin and works much better than the expensive foot creams I have tried.
My favorite for dry feet is Bag Balm. Its original use was by farmers for cow udders. The farmers found they had very soft hands! I get mine in the local agway. (Cheaper there) Can also be found in Walgreens.
I have been using chap stick on my dry elbows for years, I also buy a new stick for my kids when they have a cold and their nose is raw from blowing it. Once the cold is over, I throw away the tube. Very inexpensive and it really heals that red nose!
Try a jar of Aquaphor from CVS or Walgreen's. It's a HUGE jar and on costs around $14-16 but it lasts forever. I put it on my heels after I dry my feet just out of the shower. They are as soft and smooth as a baby's. I found out about this from a dermatologist years ago. If you want to try a tube before buying the jar, they make it in a smaller version. But, you'll LOVE it so go for the big one. It's like lip balm in consistency, doesn't smell ucky like vaseline and really works.
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