Home Remedies for Dry Cracked Heels
Are your heels cracked with an unsightly appearance? When skin on the feet becomes dry, it is essential to pay attention and begin to moisturise and nourish it on a daily basis to make it as healthy as possible. The appearance of cracks on the heels is as a result of factors such as standing for a long time, wearing the wrong shoes, lack of hydration and sometimes even as a result of health issues. In this OneHowTo article, find out some home remedies for cracked heels that can help combat dry skin and show off your feet with confidence.
Why do I have cracked heels?
When the heels are cracked, they have characteristics and signs such as red scaly patches, hard and dry skin, itching or pruritus. Even in some cases, these cracks and wounds might start bleeding. This common problem may be caused by dehydration and extremely dry skin in the area as well as by other factors. Here we explain in detail the causes of cracked heels, as well as the factors that may lead to their appearance:
- Standing for many hours, either at work or at home.
- Wearing shoes with hard soles, which are open at the back or do not fit properly.
- Obesity or excess weight.
- Continuous and prolonged exposure to water.
- Standing in a damp place for a long period of time.
- Conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, athlete's foot or diabetes can also lead to the appearance of cracks on the heels.
Foot bath and pumice to heal dry cracked heels
Before applying any product or remedy for cracked heels, it is best to carry out an exfoliation of the dry area to remove all dead cells and prevent dryness and calluses. We recommend having a homemade foot bath. For this you will need 10 to 20 minutes of your time and some ingredients to leave your feet super soft. Take the following into account:
- In a large bowl, pour warm water to half or a little more. Then add a handful of coarse salt and, if you like, a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender or rose.
- Immerse your feet in the bowl and let soak 15 to 20 minutes to leave them completely clean and smooth.
- The next step is the most important. With the feet still damp, exfoliate the heel area with a pumice stone in a circular and gentle motion. Then place feet back in the water, remove them and dry them with a towel.
- To finish, apply some moisturiser onto feet, focusing on the cracked heels. Notice how incredibly soft they feel and how fantastic they look.
Oils for dry and cracked heels
If you want to moisturise feet deeply and to prevent the skin on the heels from hardening and drying, you could try some treatment using natural oils, as shown below:
- Olive oil: its moisturising and nourishing properties are so powerful that it can regenerate damaged tissues of the skin in no time at all.
- Coconut oil: the vitamin E and K in coconut oil make it ideal for moisturising the skin and preventing dryness that appear in some areas of the body, including the heels.
- Avocado oil: It has regenerative and protective properties and is excellent for treating hands and cracked feet, leaving them extremely soft.
How to apply it? It is quite simple: first pour a trickle of oil into the palm of your hand and warm it up by rubbing hands together. Then spread onto the heel, as well as the rest of the foot, if you prefer. When you've done this, apply some thick socks and sleep with them on overnight. This will allow the oil to penetrate the skin perfectly.
Treatment with honey
Another of the best moisturising products for damaged skin brought to us by nature is honey. This natural product can be extremely useful when you have heels full of unsightly cracks. It will leave your feet fully hydrated and protected against factors that may dry them again, such as the use of certain shoes or having to stand in the same position for a long time.
You can apply honey on your cracked heels with two different methods:
- Add a cup of honey in a bowl of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes.
- Apply a generous amount of honey onto the heels and perform the same treatment explained the previous section, i.e., putting on socks and leave them, in this case, for half an hour. Then rinse with warm water.
Banana and avocado mask
When combatting dry and flaky skin from certain areas of the body, avocado and banana are two foods that can be of great help. Both are very nutritious and, when applied to the skin, moisturise and restore suppleness.
Here we propose the following banana and avocado mask for heels: mash half of a previously peeled avocado and a small banana. When the mixture is ready, apply it on your heels and your feet and wrap in Clingfilm. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then remove and wash. You can repeat this treatment around 3 times a week to see results.
Shea butter and rosewater
Shea butter and rosewater is one of the best combinations for dry skin, as it softens and purifies skin, giving skin an incredible velvety touch. It will help prevent hardened and rough heels that, if left untreated, can deteriorate and lead to more dryness and cracking.
Once you have acquired these ingredients, mix a half cup of rose water with 2 tablespoons of shea butter and apply cream to the heels, massaging gently. If you do it at night, you could also wear socks so it works overnight.
In this OneHowTo article you can learn how to prepare the best homemade masks for feet.
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