In summer times your cracked heels may get more attention than the flip-flops you wanted to show off. But, you can get out of this embarrassing situation very quickly if you take these simple to follow actions to smoother your cracked heels. The dry, dead and thickened skin on your heels is caused by lack of moisture, unhealthy diet, improper foot wear or regularly standing on your feet for long hours.
Some skin conditions such as Psoriasis and eczema and general health conditions such as diabetes and thyroid problems can lead to cracked heels.
There are top 10 home remedies for cracked heels
1. Epsom Salt:
Epsom salts are great for helping to heal dry skin. Add a third of a cup full of Epsom salt to warm water in a bowl, then soak your feet for twenty minutes. Pat your feet dry and then massage in some coconut oil or olive oil, to moisturise.
2. Baking Soda:
Cracked heels are far from pleasant nowadays. So, to get rid of these problems baking soda plays an important role. It is one of the great remedy to remove calluses and blackness from your feet.
- Combine 2 table spoon of baking soda to warm water in a container which is large enough to dip your both feet.
- Soak your feet around 10 minutes into this mixture and rub the rough area of your heels.
- This will help to remove smell and dead skin cells.
3. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is known for its excellent moisturising properties. Some fatty acids found in coconut oil (Capric acid, Lauric acid, etc.) have high antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. In addition to this, coconut oil is also rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E plays a major role in keeping the skin healthy, smooth and prevents drying. All these factors make coconut oil a superb healer for dried and cracked skin of feet.
4. Rice Flour Scrub:
Use Rice flour to gently remove dead skin from foot Wet rice flour is rough and a great agent to help exfoliate your skin, you can make a batch to soak your feet in by adding the flour to a tub of water and rubbing your feet to the bed of the tub, add a few drops of olive oil to the mixture to aid the healing process.
Honey is rich in antibacterial properties and can also provide a moisturizing effect. Prepare one bucket of warm water and combine it with one cup of honey. Use it as a foot soak for at least 20 minutes. After which, scrub your feet gently to remove the dirt on the surface. This will make the feet softer, and hence, making it easier to treat your cracked heel.
6. Vegetable Oil:
Hydrogenated vegetable oil such as Sesame Oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil and so on has many natural properties which make this one of the best home remedy for treating cracked heels.
- Scrub your heels with soft foot brush gently initially and apply thick coat of vegetable oil shortening on the feet, wear a pair of thick socks.
- Leave it for overnight and repeat it for few days as it provides positive results in few days.
7. Indian lilac:
Indian lilac commonly known as neem or margosa leaves is rich with its antibacterial properties that help in preventing infections. Some times in severe cases, the cracked heels get infected that reminds about the cracked heel with every step.
- Grind the leaves finely and then add turmeric powder to it.
- Mix the ingredients to form a paste.
- Now apply it to the affected areas and let it sit for 30 minutes.
- After half an hour wash the feet and dry it completely.
- In the end apply a good moisturizing cream to heal your dry cracked heels.
8. Vaseline and Lemon:
Mix one teaspoon of Vaseline and juice from one whole lemon. Wash your feet and pat them dry before applying. Apply to the dry areas and heels of your feet until you’ve used the entire batch.
- Do this before going to bed and wear wool socks to lock in the moisture.
- The wool will also prevent your sheets from becoming stained.
- The oils in the mixture will soften the dry areas and exfoliate our feet in the morning.
Scrubbing feet with oatmeal and jojoba oil can reduce the problem of cracked heels. It is advisable for an individual to scrub the feet for a period of at least 15 to 20 minutes to obtain effective results
10. Pick The Correct Shoes:
The pressure of pounding your feet on the ground when you walk can cause cracks in the skin. Wear shoes that cover your feet whenever you can. Constant exposure to air (think flip-flops and sandals) dries out the skin leading to more cracks.