by Neha Paranjpe
Cracked heels can happen anytime of the year. But, now no more! Here are ways to cure them!
The dry weather, exposure to dust and dirt and the lack of coverage makes heels prone to developing unsightly cracks that can make your pretty feet look and feel rather dirty. And particularly with the wedding season coming up, you can’t afford to have cracked heels showing through your fabulous strappy sandals.
1. Vegetable Oil: You are bound to have some kind of cooking vegetable oil in your kitchen. For this remedy start by soaking your feet in warm water with added soap and scrub them with a pumice stone focusing on the cracks. Clean and dry your feet with a towel and then apply a generous layer of the vegetable oil all over the soles of your feet. If you can’t find any vegetable oil you can also use coconut or olive oil. Put on a pair of socks right away and head to bed. This remedy is best used before bedtime. Do this for a week and your cracks will soon be long gone.
2. Lemon: Lemon contains cleansing and acidic properties which clean and soften the cracked skin at the heels. Take a small tub with warm water and squeeze the juice from two or three lemons into it. Don’t throw away the leftover lemon peel. Soak your feet in this water for fifteen minutes and then scrub lightly with a brush or pumice stone. Now use the lemon peel and rub it all over the cracks. Wash your feet, dry them and put on a rich moisturizer to keep your skin soft.
3. Glycerin: Glycerin when mixed with rose water makes for an excellent treatment for cracked heels. Glycerin is often used in cosmetics due to its ability to soften the skin. Mix equal parts of glycerin and rose water and rub it into your feet every night before bed to say goodbye to cracked heels.
4. Shea butter: Shea butter is also a skin softener and it makes it easy to heal the cracked heels. Wash your feet thoroughly and apply Shea butter before going to bed. Wear socks immediately after the application to keep your feet moisturized. In the morning, wash your feet once again and scrub them using a liquid soap and pumice stone. Your cracked heels will disappear within a week.
5. Epsom salts: Epsom salts help to cleanse and exfoliate the skin and also improves blood circulation. This keeps the skin on the feet healthy and soft. Soak your feet in water mixed with Epsom salts for ten minutes and scrub with a pumice stone. Dry your feet and moisturize with petroleum jelly for super soft heels.
6. Bananas: Yes you read it right. Bananas are highly hydrating and help keep the skin baby soft and smooth. Mash a banana and apply the paste to your feet. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Doing this daily will restore the natural softness of the heel.
8. Petroleum jelly: We all have a tub of petroleum jelly at home, and it is excellent for dry skin at the elbows and even for cracked heels. Just apply the jelly all over the feet after soaking them in hot water and put on a fresh pair of socks. Do this before bedtime to ensure best results.
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