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Cracked Heels? Home Remedies!

Cracked Heels? Home Remedies!

Authored By Emily
After a long day of slaving, all you want to do is just kick back, relax on your couch spot, read a book as you rub your feet. Maybe except for that last part. Many people lack the luxury of baby-soft feet. This could be a result of wearing open shoes for too long, dryness, lack of proper foot care or even lack of moisturizing. Many people think of their heels while moisturizing, why should they? Now, your feet are at a point of no return, you need a fix, and we got some!

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oils play a huge role in hydrogenation, and when it comes to cracked feet, they could use some retention. An excellent vegetable oil that can be used is the coconut oil. Not only is it a remedy for cracked feet, but also serves as an anti-fungal and bacterial, thus preventing infections. Soak your feet in warm water, then scrub them with a loofah. Dry them well, apply the coconut oil and wear cotton socks for the night. Do this every night till you are satisfied with the achieved results.

Vinegar

This is an acid based solution is high in acetic which is surprisingly gentle on your feet despite the acidity. What it does is that it softens your dried cells and skins. This is, however the diluted version as the concentrated version can dehydrate the skin by absorbing the water out. The best solution would be a ¼ cup of vinegar to ¾ cup of water. Soak your feet in this for 10 minutes, then gently scrub with a loofah. Wash your feet normally and pat them dry. Before going to bed, be sure to moisturize with a natural oil such as cocoa butter.

Oatmeal and jojoba oil

Oatmeal on its own has proven to have numerous benefits for the skin and scalp. Well, add heels to that, cause this ingredient has a high moisturizing property that has tremendous effects. Mixed with jojoba oil makes the water retention even higher, thus fastening the healing process. Mix the two to make a paste. Use the paste as a fill for the cracks, by applying gently. Leave this mixture on for 30 minutes before rinsing. This is particularly perfect for those with severely damaged heels. Do this every day until your cracks have disappeared, after which you can switch to vegetable oils to prevent reversion.

Rice flour

This is no magic powder, just ordinary rice, ground into powder. This is yet another great remedy for restoring dried out and cracked feet. This is used as an exfoliating scrub for the dead skin. Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and some vegetable oil of your preference. Mix well to make a thick paste. As per the usual procedure, soak your feet in warm water, and scrub them with the paste. Rinse it off and dry thoroughly. You can opt to do this every day or till you are satisfied with the results.

Rosewater and glycerin

Glycerine is one of the number one to go to, when it comes to dry skin and healing cracked surfaces. Due to its moisturizing and humectant, this is usually sought out by many doctors. Rosewater catalyses the effects, ensuring you are left with smooth heels without any cracks. Plus, rose water has a delightful scent that will make it easier to keep the mixture on for the night. For this, add ¼ part glycerine to ¾ parts of rose water to warm water. You have the option of adding salt to loosen the dead skin (1 teaspoon). Once you have washed and scrubbed your feet with a pumice stone, apply this mixture, wear socks and rinse off in the morning.

Paraffin wax

This is a great recipe in removing the dry and dead skin from your heel. In the process, you get to cure your cracked feet and soften the skin around it to retain moisture. This is usually paired with coconut oil or mustard oil. Heat the paraffin wax and mix the flowing fluid with coconut or mustard oil. Apply the paste to your feet and wear cotton socks for the night. Wash thoroughly in the morning. Repeat this for two weeks.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been recommended for numerous things, and cracked feet is one of them. However, aloe vera gel might not be enough on its own, and therefore you need to add herbs to it. For those suffering from diabetes as cracked feet can be the host to thousands of bacteria, this is a great remedy. More of a ‘two birds, one stone’ scenario. For this remedy, add the gel to turmeric powder, camphor powder and basil leaves powder. Apply the mixture onto the affected area, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Dry thoroughly and apply a moisturizer to keep it supple, which in this case can even be aloe vera gel.


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