Many people are struggling with cracked heels, which for some people are just an aesthetic issue, but for other it is a really painful condition. Beside thickened and dry skin, the problem may be accompanied by symptoms like inflammation, peeling skin, redness and itching. In order to prevent cracks from getting deeper and causing bleeding and pain, you should take proper precautions immediately after you notice cracked heels.
There are several factors that cause cracked heels such as: improper foot care, wearing uncomfortable shoes, prolonged standing on hard floors, lack of moisture, dry air and an unhealthy diet. Moreover, conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease, corns and calluses, eczema and psoriasis can contribute to the problem as well.
There are several home remedies for cracked heels that you can try to resolve the problem.
My 57 years old neighbor has a feet of a 20-years-old girl, and in this article I will present you the recipe which will help you alleaviate cracked heels and improve the overall health of your skin.
GLYCERIN AND ROSEWATER
The reason why she uses glycerin is because it is a highly effective moisturizer, and rose water helps to increase the moisturizing effects. Create a foot soak with the following:
- Enough warm water to soak your feet
- Juice from half a lemon
- One teaspoon of salt
- One-fourth part glycerin
- Three-fourth part rosewater
All you have to do is to soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes and then take a pumice stone to gently rub the feet in order to remove dead skin cells. In the end, dry your feet and apply a thick moisturizer.
As you all know, oils are natural moisturizers and some of them are extremely effective for thick, cracked heels. In order to increase the speed at which the heels soften, you should mix a variety of moisturizing oils. After that, just massage your heels with a mixture of the following oils:
- Almond oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Sesame oil
Massage your heels throughly for about 10 minutes. After you massage the oils in, put on a pair of thick cotton socks so that the oils continue to go to work. The best time to perform this method is before bedtime so that the oils work as you sleep.
MILK AND HONEY EXFOLIATOR
One of the best natural moisturizers are milk and honey and beside that, honey has the added benefit of also being a natural antibacterial. You just have to take 2 cups of milk and one cup of organic honey and put them into a basin to soak your feet. Make sure to mix these well before putting your feet in.
ASPIRIN AND ALCOHOL
- 10 tablets of aspirin (300 mg),
- 70% medicinal alcohol or 250 ml brandy.
First, grind 10 tablets of aspirin pills to powder. Next, mix the powder with 250ml of brandy (or 70% medical alcohol) and leave it for 1-2 days. Don’t forget to shake the mixture every evening and after 2 days take a piece of gauze and soak it in the remedy. Place the soaked gauze on your heel, wrap your foot with a nylon bag and put on your socks over the bag.
Allow the mixture to stay during the night. The next morning wash your foot with warm water, wipe it, and put some nourishing skin cream or glycerin.
Make sure to perform 10 treatments and you will be amazed by the results. Your heels will become clear and without trace of the rough skin or hard deposits!
RICE FLOUR SCRUB
Another great exfoliatior is rice flour and you can use it to prepare all natural scrub to slough off the dead skin and smooth the skin. Create a foot soak with the following ingredients:
- Two teaspoons of honey
- A few drops of olive oil
- Three tablespoons of rice flour
- Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- Warm water to fill the rest of the basin
- Soak your feet for 15 minutes, once a day. After patting your feet dry, apply a thick moisturizer.
White vinegar contains acetic acid which works to soften the skin by gently exfoliating it. However, acetic acid can also by drying which is why you can’t apply it directly onto your skin. Instead, you should prepare a foot soak with the following ingredients:
- Warm water to fill three-fourths of a soaking basin
- One-fourth cup of vinegar
- Some moisturizing oil, such as olive oil
All you have to do is to soak your feet for 10 minutes and then use a pumice stone to gently scrub the feet before you dry them. In the end, apply a thick moisturizer.
VASELINE AND LEMON JUICE
- 1 teaspoon Vaseline
- 4 to 5 drops lemon juice
- Warm water
Soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
After that, prepare a mixture of one tablespoon of Vaseline and a few drops of lemon juice. Next, rub the mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the feet untill it gets absorbed into the skin. Once prepared, apply the mixture and wear a pair of woolen socks. Keep the socks during the night and In the morning wash your feet. Woolen socks help trap the body’s heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
Use regularly before going to bed.