Cracked heels are a very common problem and can range in severity from a cosmetic issue to a painful problem.In addition to dry, thickened skin, the problem may be accompanied by symptoms like redness, itching, inflammation and peeling skin. Taking proper precautions right away can prevent cracks from getting deeper and causing bleeding and pain.
Some of the causes of cracked heels are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, an unhealthy diet, aging, prolonged standing on hard floors and wearing the wrong types of shoes. Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, corns and calluses, diabetes and thyroid disease may also contribute to the problem.
There are several home remedies for cracked heels that you can try to resolve the problem.
“I have a 57 years old neighbor with feet like she is a twenty-year-old girl” – says the author of one website who suggests recipes to help alleviate cracked heels and improve the overall health of your skin.
GLYCERIN AND ROSEWATER
Glycerin 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
Soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes and then take a pumice stone to gently rub the feet to remove dead skin cells. Pat your feet dry and apply a thick moisturizer.
Oils are natural moisturizers and several of them are especially effective for thick, cracked heels. Mixing a variety of moisturizing oils helps to increase the speed at which the heels soften. Massage your heels with a mixture of the following oils:
- Almond oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Sesame oil
Take about 10 minutes to thoroughly massage your feet, paying the most attention to your heels and other cracked areas. After you massage the oils in, put on a pair of thick cotton socks so that the oils continue to go to work. It is best to do this right before bed so that the oils work as you sleep.
MILK AND HONEY EXFOLIATOR
Milk and honey are natural moisturizers and honey has the added benefit of also being a natural antibacterial. Take one cup of organic honey and two cups of milk 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.
Grind 10 tablets of aspirin pills to powder. Then, mix the powder with 250 ml of brandy (or 70% medical alcohol) and leave it for 1-2 days. Every evening shake the mixture and after two days take a piece of gauze and soak it in the remedy. Put the gauze soaked in this mixture on your heel, wrap your foot with a nylon bag and put on your socks over the bag.
Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your foot with warm water, wipe it, and put some nourishing skin cream or glycerin.
After only 10 treatments 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
Rice flour is a great exfoliator and you can make an 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 has acetic acid in it and this works to soften the skin by gently exfoliating it. Since acetic acid can also be drying you cannot just apply vinegar directly to the feet. You should make 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
Soak your feet for 10 minutes and then use a pumice stone to gently scrub the feet before you dry them. After drying your feet 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.
Mix one teaspoon of Vaseline and a few drops of lemon juice. Rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the feet till it gets absorbed into the skin. Apply this mixture and wear a pair of woolen socks. Keep it on overnight and wash off in the morning. Woolen socks help trap the body’s heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
Use regularly before going to bed.
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