Do you feel too ashamed to remove your shoes in public because of cracks in your heels? While we spend a lot of time caring for our face, our feet are mostly ignored. It is this lack of care and hygiene that causes your heels to crack. If that is the case, we have got you covered.
Soak and exfoliate your feet: The skin around cracked heels is often thicker and drier than the rest of your skin. This skin tends to split when you apply pressure. Soaking and moisturizing your feet can help with this. Keep your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes. Use a loofah, foot scrubber, or pumice stone to remove any hard, thick skin. Gently pat your feet dry. Apply a heel balm or thick moisturizer to the affected area.
Apply petroleum jelly over your feet to lock in moisture. Put on socks to avoid spreading any grease around. Avoid scrubbing your feet when they’re dry. This increases your risk for damaged skin.
Honey: Honey may work as a natural remedy for cracked heels. According to research, honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Research shows that honey can help heal and cleanse wounds, and moisturize the skin. You can use honey as a foot scrub after a soak, or apply it as a foot mask overnight.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is often recommended for dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It can help your skin retain moisture. Using coconut oil after a foot soak could be a good option, too. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may your cracked heels if they’re prone to bleeding or infections.
Banana: 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. Repeat this every night before going to bed for 2 weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.
Baking Soda: Baking soda is an exfoliant. It removes dead cells and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Baking soda can also neutralize foul odor. Add 3 tbsp of baking soda to a bowl of lukewarm water. Mix well until the baking soda dissolves. Soak your feet in this for 15 minutes. Remove your feet, and scrub gently with a pumice stone. Rinse with clean water, and dry your feet with a clean towel. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E. These have antioxidant properties while the cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol contained in aloe vera have anti-inflammatory properties. Lupeol also acts as an antiseptic and analgesic. The auxins and gibberellins present in aloe vera help in wound healing. Soak your feet in warm water, and scrub using a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Pat dry, and apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel to your feet. Wear cotton socks, and head to bed. Wash with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat this every night for 4–5 days to see the results.