Blisters are pretty much the death of me. Okay, perhaps that’s a tad dramatic, but there’s no denying that they’re the death of some seriously on-point foot looks. Picture this: You’ve picked out the perfect graphic tee, you’ve slipped into your favorite distressed mom jeans, and, for the finishing touch, you reach for a pair of heels. The only problem is, they hurt like hell, foreshadowing the monster of a blister that’s forming with every step you take. I think it’s safe to say that many of us have reached the point in our lives where we value comfort over style and replaced our stilettos with sneakers — especially those of us who have to stride across city blocks to get to work. Such a bummer, right? But, what if I told you there’s officially a solution that can get you back in your heels, STAT?

You’re probably assuming the answer is something along the lines of heel pads or Band-Aids. So you’ll be surprised to learn then that, no, it’s not a common quick fix. The secret is a product from a vaginal care brand you’ve probably never associated with your feet. Bear with me, y’all.

Monistat Chafing Relief Gel

Enter Monistat’s latest vaginal care launch, Chafing Relief Powder Gel ($6). Designed to alleviate the uncomfortable rubbing associated with excess moisture and heat (hello, summers in NYC), this gel-to-powder product is marketed for thighs, breasts, underarms and, of course, the bikini area. So why did I try it on my feet? Well, I can’t say that I have some scientific explanation for you. Rather, I fell in love with the texture: It reminds me of a mix between Supergoop!’s Unseen Sunscreen ($32) and Smashbox’s cult-favorite Photo Finish Primer ($36). And as the explorative beauty lover that I am, I figured why not swatch that same silky-soft gel onto my feet just for s**** and giggles.

So there I was, Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel in one hand, strappy high-heeled sandals in the other, ready to go on yet another adventure in beauty. As I sat slathering my feet in a product meant for your sweaty bits, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at myself — but I pushed forward with the process anyways. And TG I did. While I had high hopes (hey, I’m a Pisces) of how this little beauty hack might pay off, I never in a million years expected it to be the be-all, end-all solution to my ever-aching arches. Yet lo and behold, that’s exactly what it was. Now, anytime I reach for a pair of heels — or even moderately uncomfortable flats or sandals — you best believe I’m reaching for my Monistat too.

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