Dry or cracked heels are an embarrassment which most people would rather do away with. It is caused by a lack of moisture to your feet and could sometime become sore and even bleed.
What Causes Cracked Heels?
Cracked heels can come on as a result of any of the following:
– Taking Regular Hot Showers
– Failure to Moisturize Your Feet
– Using Soaps with Harsh Agents
– Extremely Cold Weather (Winter)
Proven Home Remedies to Heel Cracked Heels
The soreness or dryness of a cracked foot usually disappears when continuous effort is made for 2-3 weeks. Here are some proven ways you can get rid of cracked heels:
1. Soak and Exfoliate
One good home remedy for cracked heel is the soak and exfoliate method. Soak both feet in a bowl of lukewarm water to which you’ve added a capful of antibacterial soap (optional). Keep feet soaked for 20 minutes and then scrub at the dryness in a circular motion using a pumice stone.
Do this daily for 10-14 days to start seeing lasting results.
2. Apply Honey
Honey is another potent remedy for heeling cracked heels. It is antimicrobial and will help heal the soreness, if there is any. One added benefit you get from using honey is that it will also leave your foot moisturized which is just what the feet need.
To use, soak your feet in lukewarm water (without the antibacterial soap) and apply a thin film of honey after drying it. Leave this for 15 minutes or overnight and then wash off.
A vinegar soak is yet another effective way to heel cracked heels fast and that’s because vinegar is antioxidant as well as antimicrobial and will heel your cracked heels in no time.
To use, pour one part vinegar and three parts lukewarm water into a bowl and place your feet in to soak. Leave in for 15-20 minutes and then towel feet dry. You can choose to moisturize your feet afterwards or just leave them be.
4. Shea Butter
Shea butter is intensely nourishing, which is why quite a number of people opt for it as a remedy to heel their cracked heels.
This oil comes packed with minerals like vitamins A, D, E, and F, and is also rich in antioxidant to combat you dry feet.
Shea butter comes in a solid state, so has to be melted before it can be used. To melt, place a small scoop in a fire-resistant plate and hold over a candle. Once melted, apply liquid shea butter over your dry heel just before you go to bed and wear a pair of socks to lock the oil in place.
5. Mashed Banana
Bananas are regarded as one of the world’s healthiest food. They are rich in nutrients like vitamins, manganese, potassium, copper, biotin, and fibre which helps promote a healthy living.
To use banana as a remedy for cracked heels, mash one banana in a bowl until smooth then stir add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional). Apply this as a foot mask to your dry, cracking heels and leave overnight.
6. Oatmeal and Olive Oil
This remedy is used to exfoliate your dry feet and will peel the dryness away to reveal a softer, fresher skin.
To use, combine one teaspoon slightly ground oatmeal and one half teaspoon olive oil to make a paste of medium consistency. Apply over your dry feet and work in a circular motion for a few minutes before washing off.
This exfoliation remedy should be used daily until your cracked feet become softer.
7. Coconut Oil
To use coconut oil for your cracked heels, apply a generous amount of it over your heels and wear a pair of socks to lock oil in. Leave overnight and repeat often for a faster result.