Feet, like every other organ, are an indispensable part of our body.They have their own importance and function, yet they are the most neglected part of our body. How many of us actually care about our feet until we feel the dry skin that starts itching or the cracked heels that starts hurting. Yes that’s right, none of us. Cracked heels are one of the most common feet problems for both men and women. They not only give an unpleasant look to the feet but may turn painful in severity. For people who have to be on their toes the whole day, the condition becomes unbearable as the cracked skin rubs against the footwear when they walk.
Cracked heels that begin with drying of the skin on the sole of feet, often worsens due to lack of oils. Our feet do not have any oil glands to keep the heels hydrated on their own. Harsh weather, prolonged hot showers, improper fit shoes, excessive exposure to pollution by open sole shoes ar4e other factors that contribute to cracking of the skin on feet.
However, our nature has a solution for everything, even the cracked heels.
Listed Below Are Some Easy And Effective Home Remedies That Can Help In Healing Cracked Heels:
1. Honey And Milk Potpurri
Honey is natural antiseptic that locks the moisture on skin ensures that it retains in the layers of skin for a long period while milk is a moisturizer because of its components like fat and proteins.
Mix honey and lukewarm milk in a small basin in the ratio 1:2. Make sure the quantity is enough to cover the affected area of your feet. Soak your feet in this mix for about 10 minutes. Gently massage your feet in upward circular motion. Relax your feet in the mixture for about 5 more minutes before washing them with water. Pat dry using a towel and hydrate with a good moisturizer.
2. Petroleum Jelly And Lemon Mask
The most common beauty product that we never run out is petroleum jelly. It has incomparable moisturizing properties. Lemon acts as a natural disinfectant and treats the damaged skin on the feet.
Soak your feet in warm water for about 20 minutes. Gently rub off the dead skin from the moistened heels. Don’t rub too harshly. Rinse with normal water and pat dry .Massage the mix of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lemon juice on your feet and cover them with socks. Keep it overnight.
3. Essential Oil Mixture
Oils are the first on the hydrator list. Coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil are best suited oils for skin smoothening. Though these oils are good enough to be used singularly, you can mix these oils to let their goodness speed up the skin recovery process.
Soak your feet in warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Gently rub off the dead skin from the moistened heels. Don’t rub too harshly. Rinse with normal water and pat dry .Massage the mixture of oils on your feet and cover them with socks. You can also use a any other oil of your choice.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Solution
Apple Cider Vinegar, being a microbial, kills the fungus and other infective microorganisms on the cracked heels. Warm water hydrates the skin.
Soak your feet in a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water, in the ratio 1:3, for about 15 to 20 minutes. Gently rub off the dead skin from the moistened heels. Don’t rub too harshly. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry .Moisturize with a thick moisturizer.
5. Aloe Vera Gel Mask
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins C,E and contains beta carotene which has unbeatable nourishing properties. It has the ability to moisturize skin without making it oily. Basil is antibacterial in nature and hence keeps the uninvited infection at bay.
Mix the paste of 10-15 basil leaves with 2 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Rub this mixture on clean heels in upward circular motion. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Moisturize with a light moisturizer.
6. Ripe Banana And Coconut Mask
A banana contains ripens, rich amount of starch that changes into simple sugar as it ripens, making perfect combination with potassium and Vitamin E and C, to give a clear moisturized skin. Coconut on the other hand improves the texture of the skin as it easily penetrates the skin providing nourishment from within.
Mash the banana. Add coconut flesh to this paste. Apply this mask on clean heels and leave for about 20 minutes. Wash with normal water, Pat dry.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.