Two main types of moisturizing socks are currently on the market. The first type is widely available and mimics the tried-and-true method of petroleum jelly plus socks that so many dry-skin sufferers have used. These socks are often made of soft cotton or a combination of cotton and spandex and are designed to be used with some kind of cream or lotion. You rub the cream into your feet and then pull on the socks. Some socks even come with a special foot cream infused with essential oil. Popular scents include lavender, mint and tea tree.
A typical drugstore pair might cost about $6, and specialty spa-style stores could charge $60. Not all of these socks are sold along with a moisturizing product, so you may need to buy that separately. An advantage with this type of sock, though, is that you can choose a different lotion, oil or foot cream each time you wear them.
The other type of moisturizing sock is designed to work without an additional foot cream. The moisturizing ingredients -- typically avocado oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E and jojoba -- are contained in a polymer gel that comes in the sock itself. The advantage of these socks is their convenience: You don't need to deal with applying creams or lotions or worry about purchasing one separately. However, you do need to treat these socks with care to get the most use out of them. Most require hand washing, and because they already contain the moisturizing ingredients, they will run out of these ingredients after several uses. This type of moisturizing sock ranges from about $20 to $50.
Read on for tips on how to get the most out of moisturizing socks.