Cracked heels are a common foot problem. Cracked heels are popular during summer. All that water touching your heels cause them to break the skin and be grumpy. Dry/cracked feet are a sign of lack of attention towards your body and one of the worst nightmares for most women. The skin on the feet tends to become drier as there are no oil glands present there. Our feet carry the burden of of our daily lives from the moment we wake up until we sleep and keeping the same in mind I give out easy and fuss free home remedies for cracked heels. Just as we need to keep our face and hair well nourished, we also need to keep our feet nourished and moisturized.
1. Oil Massage
The best home remedies for dry cracked feet is oils. Yes, the same oil that we use in our day to day life, such as vegetable oil, coconut oil or even sesame oil can be used as a medicine to heal cracked feet, in no time at all. Every night before you go to sleep, just dip your feet in warm water for about ten minutes. Dry them out and then apply a generous amount of either of the oils to your heels. Gently massage them and wear your socks on to cover and protect them from further damage.
Add a cup of honey to a gallon of warm water. Pour honey-water mixture into a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet. Soak feet for 20-30 minutes. The honey helps moisturize and cleanse cracked heels, while keeping germs at bay that could lead to infection.
3. Lemon and Olive Oil
Alpha-hydroxy citric acid in lemon juice can be used to break the molecular bonds between dead skin and the live cells underneath. To remove calluses and reduce the severity of cracks in heels, rub the fleshy inside of a fresh lemon rind on damaged areas or create a foot moisturizer with lemon juice and olive oil to use in the evenings before bed.
Banana is a natural skin moisturizer. It contains vitamins A, B6, and C, which all help to maintain the elasticity of the skin and keep it hydrated. Mash 2 ripe bananas into a smooth paste. Make sure that the bananas are ripe. Unripe bananas contain acid that is harsh for the skin. Gently rub the paste all over your feet, including the nail beds and sides of the toe. Keep it on for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rinse your feet with clean water.
5. Epsom Salt
The epsom salt helps to gently exfoliate the feet. Rub feet with a light oil such as sesame oil or jojoba oil to keep feet moisturized. Add 1/3 cup of epsom salt to a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet. Fill with warm water and let feet soak for 20-30 minutes.
6. Wool Socks
One of the biggest culprits of cracked heels is loss of moisture. Wear wool socks to trap body heat in the feet. This will help to prevent loss of moisture. The socks help to keep the moisture in.
7. Tea Tree Treatment
Tea tree oil is a multifunctional and incredibly useful natural remedy for a long list of dermatological ailments including fungal and microbial infections of the skin. Apply tea tree oil to cracked heels at night before bed to use this extraordinary natural remedy to best effect.
8. Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax acts as a natural emollient that helps soften your skin. It turns out to be a good treatment for cracked and painful heels. Take some paraffin wax and mix it with mustard oil or coconut oil. Heat the mixture in a pan till the wax melts properly. Allow this to cool down to room temperature. Apply the mixture on your feet. To get the best results, apply before going to bed and wear a pair of socks. Wash off properly in the morning.
9. Pumice Stone
Soak feet in warm water and use a natural pumice stone to slough off dead skin cells. Rub feet with a light oil such as sesame oil or jojoba oil to keep feet moisturized.
10. Oatmeal and Jojoba Oil
These are two ingredients that work well for skin problems. Grind oats into a coarse powder and add some jojoba oil to it. Apply the oatmeal and jojoba oil paste onto your cracked feet and gently massage it into your skin in circular motions. Leave the paste on, till it dries up. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
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