It’s almost Summer time, and I know many of us are often embarrassed by putting sandals on, because of the dry, cracked feet. There are tons of products in stores promising to heal your feet, but how do you know which one of these cracked heel remedies TRULY work?
Why Do Your Feet Do This?
Well, the feet don’t produce natural oils to moisturize themselves, but rely on sweat glands to maintain themselves soft. So when the sweat glands don’s work as they should, you end up with those ugly cracked heels.
Here are the main things that can cause you dry, cracked feet: aging, vitamin deficiencies, edema, bacteria, thyroid trouble, diabetes, or any chronic illness that affects your skin.
It can also happen if you overexpose your feet to water, or wear improper shoes or socks that block the air circulation around your feet.
Best Remedy For Cracked Heels
If your heels look like the picture above, then you will love these cracked heel remedies that can help you to get rid of dry, cracked heels and get ready for the sandal season.
This remedy for cracked heels contain Hydrogen Peroxide, which does a pretty good job at melting away the tough, dead skin on the heels. I know it sounds a little bit gross, but it truly gets the job done.
- 2 cups Hydrogen Peroxide;
- 2 cups of hot water, the hotter the better;
- Pumice stone or foot file;
- Lotion or feet cream;
- Cotton socks.
- Soak your heels for no less than 30 minutes in a bowl with 2 cups of hot water and 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide.
- After you rinsed and dried your feet, remove the dead skin with the pumice stone or the foot file.
- Then you can apply your cream or lotion.
- Finally, put a clean pair of cotton socks on and keep it overnight. This will help to seal in the moisture.
More Cracked Heel Remedies
There are more, easy, at home, cracked heel remedies to try, like these listed below:
- Use 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, instead of hydrogen peroxide in the above remedy. Then follow all the steps as shown.
- Dissolve 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda in 2 cups of hot water. Soak your heels for at least 30 minutes, then rinse, dry, and apply moisturizer and socks.
- If your cracked heels are from bacteria or fungus, use a few drops of tea tree oil, instead of hydrogen peroxide in the above remedy. Then follow all the steps as shown.
- Lemon juice also works, so replace the hydrogen peroxide in the recipe already presented with 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice.
Rules For Best Results
There are also some good common sense rules to use if you want to get best results. Here they are:
1. Do NOT Use Water Based Moisturizer
If the foot lotion, or cream, or any other kind of moisturizer you use lists its first ingredient as water, don’t use it. Water dries you back out, so this lotion is not going to solve your heels’ problem. Instead, you can use coconut oil, olive oil, or any kind of kitchen oil.
If you don’t like the smell of your kitchen oils, you can add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Just make sure it’s not a fragrance oil, which in most cases is unsafe for the skin.
You’ll get a great moisturizer for your cracked heels by mixing one tablespoon of olive oil with 2-3 drops of lemon juice.
2. Use Only Cotton Socks
Always use clean cotton socks because cotton won’t block air circulation around your feet and the moisture will be soaked up easily.
3. Don’t Apply It On Open Wounds
If you have open wounds, you may want to wait for them to heal before doing this.
From now on, you should wear sandals and enjoy summer, because now you know the secret to soft and smooth feet. So bookmark this page for later to use these cracked heel remedies whenever you need them. Stay healthy!