Cracked heels can be a bit embarrassing not to mention painful especially when you’re constantly on the move. For sure, you’ve been covering your feet because you feel mortified to see people looking at your feet and noticing your cracked heels. Unfortunately, hiding them will only make them more painful and uncomfortable to boot.
There are many reasons why your heels can crack from poor diet, to wearing the wrong footwear, and even dehydration. When you notice that your heels are starting to crack, you need to take care of them immediately. Here are a few tips that will make your feet soft and less prone to cracking.
Bananas. This yellow fruit certainly packs a punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals that can help with your overall health. But did you know that you can also use it as a remedy for cracked feet? Just mash some bananas to create a paste and apply it on your heels. Allow them to dry for about 10 minutes then wash afterwards. Moisturize your feet to help lock in the moisture to your heels.
Soak. Softening your hard, cracked heels is important to help get rid of any build up of dead skin. You can either soak your feet while you are in the shower or while you’re watching your favorite TV show. Just get a basin and fill it with water. You can add some Epsom salts or your choice of oil like Jojoba, coconut, and the like. Let your feet soak for a few minutes then scrub the heels to remove dead skin. Wash afterwards then moisturize.
Olive oil. You may have been using olive oil when cooking but another way for you to use this healthy oil is to treat your cracked heels. What’s great about this particular is that it acts like a moisturizer which is exactly what your dry heels need. Just dip a cotton ball in olive oil then apply it on the affected areas. Massage your heels in a circular motion to encourage absorption of oil. Wear a socks after so that your skin will keep absorbing the oil. Wash your feet after an hour. You can leave the oil overnight if you like then just wash in the morning.
Moisturize. If you haven’t gotten the hints that we’ve mentioned earlier, here it is now. Don’t forget to moisturize your feet daily. After taking a bath and have wiped your feet dry, apply moisturizer immediately. Choose a moisturizer that is designed for thick skin to ensure that it will be able to penetrate deep into your skin to nourish it from the inside and out. There are many foot moisturizers out there that contains jojoba or coconut oil plus essential fatty acids that will work nicely on your dry and cracked feet.
Peppermint oil. Another possible remedy to make your feet smooth once more is to apply peppermint oil to your heels and leave it on overnight. The antiseptic properties of peppermint oil can kill off any bacteria and germs that are living between the cracks in your heels. It has soothing properties too which can help alleviate any discomfort you might be feeling. You should apply the oil every day before going to bed to get the best results.
Exfoliate. When it comes to calluses on your heels, you will need to exfoliate and scrub with a pumice stone or emery board. This will help dislodge the dry, thick skin that has accummulated on your heels. Just soak your feet for half an hour in water filled with oils or Epsom salt then scrub afterwards. As soon as you wash and dry your feet, apply moisturizer to nourish your heels.