I know that it is winter but I have had several people ask me if I knew how to resolve dry and cracked heels. I have been doing some investigating and have come up with several solutions you can do at home. The key is dedication and perseverance but with a little bit of work on a regular basis you can have your feet looking and feeling fantastic ready for the lighter months.
Did you know that the feet contain over 72,000 nerve endings? They are the most used (and neglected) parts of our body, some of us are on our feet for hours on end. One of the first steps towards having beautiful feet is to set aside a beauty regime for them similar to the ones we have for our face and hands, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time
Lemon, salt, glycerine, rosewater foot mask
This foot mask is absolutely perfect beauty regime for cracked heels.
Rose water is a by-product of making essential oils and contains a lot of the active constituents from the rose petals themselves and is not the smelly mushy mess you get from being a child and attempting to make perfume. It would be worth investing in some which can be purchased from aromatherapists online or from amazon/eBay. The glycerine can be purchased from your local Boots shop as can the Epsom salts
Take a basin of warm water in which you’ll be dipping your feet and add sea salt or Epsom salts, the fresh juice from a lemon and a couple of dessertspoons of glycerine and rose water. Soak in your feet for about 15-20 minutes in this water.
Using a pumice stone and scrub your heels and sides of the feet.
Take 1tsp undiluted glycerine, 1 tsp rose water and 1tsp lemon juice and after mixing, apply over your cracked heels. Since this will be a sticky mixture, you can wear a pair of socks and leave on overnight.
Wash off with lukewarm water in the morning.
Repeat until heels are soft and healed.
Dry skin on the heels is one of the foremost reasons behind the cracking. This helps combat this dry skin.
After washing your feet and cleaning and drying them up completely, apply a layer of oil on the cracked parts of your feet.
Wear a pair of thick socks and leave overnight.
In the morning you may not have to wash this off as vegetable based oils can be fully absorbed by our skin. If there is any reside left over wash off and repeat for a few days to get smooth feet.
You can do this with vegetable oil, olive oil or even sesame oil. Virgin olive oil is one of the most natural ways to get smooth soft healthy heels. Sesame oil is also a great cracked heels solution for feet.
Banana and avocado foot mask
Don’t throw away your bananas when they get too ripe. Take the pulp of a ripe banana and apply over cracked parts of the heel and feet.
Keep on for about 10 minutes and wash off.
You can also create a foot mask at home using a ripe banana and avocado:
Take a ripe banana and half an avocado. Blend everything in a blender together.
Apply this thick creamy paste over your heels and feet.
As avocados and coconut are rich in several essential oils and vitamins and fats, this paste will help to resolve cracked feet and keep them soft and moisturised.
Vaseline and lemon juice
Vaseline is petroleum based and therefore acts like a barrier cream/salve.
Clean and dry your heels. Once all the dirt is out, soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pumice your feet, rinsing again afterwards.
Apply the juice of a lemon to your feet, then take 1tsp Vaseline and rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the foot. Rub this in nicely, till it gets absorbed in the skin.
Apply this mixture before going to bed and keep on overnight, wearing a pair of woollen socks, as these socks help trap body heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.
Wash off in the morning
Honey is great to moisturise your feet and has great antibacterial properties.
Mix one cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water.
Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes. Or even just cover your feet in honey as a foot mask, leave on for half an hour – put your feet up on a towel and you can enjoy a TV programme whilst you are pampering your feet.
Scrub off gently for soft and supple feet, repeat once a week until feet are lovely and smooth.
Make this scrub that’s great for exfoliating your feet.
Take 2-3 tbsps of ground rice (you can grind you own rice using a food processor or pestle and mortar) and add a few spoons of honey and apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste.
If your heels are extremely dry and cracked, add a spoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.
Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and gently scrub it with this paste to remove dead skin from your feet – the rice flour acts as an exfoliator similar to a pumice stone.
Take 1 tablespoon powdered oatmeal and some oil to make a thick paste.
Apply this over your feet, especially well over the heels and any cracked parts.
Leave this on your heels for about half an hour and rinse off with cold water. Pat dry.
Do this every alternate day to remove all cracks.
You don’t have to do these all at once. Pick the option which will fit into your lifestyle the best and implement it. You can always try the others if at first you don’t succeed, but the key is to show your feet the tender loving care they deserve J