We rarely remember to take proper care of our feet even though we put in a lot of effort in caring for our face. Cracked heels are the result of lack of care and hygiene. In that case, all you have to do is step into your kitchen and discover some amazing products which are known to have great medicinal value in healing many ailments including the problem of cracked heels. So, here are 10 remedies that you can use to get rid of the cracks in your heels once and for all.
1 Vinegar and Listerine
Vinegar consists of mild acids that help in softening dead and dry skin which makes them easy to exfoliate. The thymol and alcohol present in Listerine kills toenail fungus, treats plantar warts, soothe skin and cures cracked heels.
- Take one cup of white vinegar and one cup of Listerine and mix it together along with 2 cups of water.
- Soak your feet in this mixture for around 15 minutes.
- Removing your feet from the mixture begin scrubbing them with a pumice stone to effectively remove any dead skin.
- Use clean water to rinse them after scrubbing.
- Pat them dry once you’re done rinsing and moisturize them.
This can be done daily till your heels have completely healed.
2 Honey, Vinegar and Rice Flour
Honey contains natural antiseptic properties that heal cracked feet, while the mild acid of vinegar makes dead and dry skin soft and easy to exfoliate. Lastly, the rice flour purifies, remineralizes and exfoliates the skin for beautiful feet.
- Prepare a scrub from mixing 1 tea-spoon of honey, 2-3 drops of apple cider vinegar, and 3 tea-spoons of rice flour, and stirring it into a thick paste.
- Keep your feet soaked in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes, and then use the scrub on your heels for removing dead skin.
You can do this 2-3 times a week.
Banana for cracked heels contains vitamins A, B6, and C, and also happens to be a natural skin moisturizer. The vitamins help in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and keep it hydrated as well.
- Make a smooth paste by mashing up 2 ripe bananas. Only use ripe bananas to make the paste because unripe bananas have an acid content that can be somewhat harsh on the skin.
- Rub the paste all over your cracked heels, and even your nail beds and the sides of your toe and let it remain on for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse your feet with clean water after 20 minutes.
You can do this every night for 2 weeks or till you get your desired result.
One of the qualities of honey is that it is a natural humectant which draws water from the inner tissues to the outer layers of the skin. This shifting of fluids helps in creating a plumping effect that heals the outer skin.
- Add a cup of honey to a tub of warm water.
- Keep your feet soaked in the mixture and then begin massaging it gently for about 20 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate your skin.
- After patting your feet dry, apply a thick moisturizer.
You can do this regularly before going to bed.
5 Vegetable oil
Skin can readily absorb vegetable oils. In fact, most vegetable oils contain vitamins A, D, and E, which help in nourishing the skin and creating new cells.
- Thoroughly clean your feet.
- Then dry them off with a soft towel.
- Apply a thick layer of vegetable oil to your toes and heels.
- Put on a pair of comfortable and clean socks and ear them overnight.
This can be done every night before going to bed.
6 Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub consists of eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol in a turpentine oil base. Since this type of ointment is an emollient which can effectively trap moisture. Its eucalyptus and menthol provide a cooling effect.
- Apply a generous layer of Vicks VapoRub to your feet before going to bed.
- Massage your feet for 5 minutes and put on a comfortable pair of cotton socks.
- The next morning wash your feet with lukewarm water.
Do this before going to bed daily.
7 Baking Soda
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliant for cracked heels which effectively removes dead cells and is known for possessing anti-inflammatory properties. It even helps in neutralizing foul odor.
- Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of lukewarm water and begin mixing it until the baking soda gets completely dissolved.
- Now, soak your feet in this mix for at least 15 minutes.
- After removing your feet from it, scrub them gently with a pumice stone.
- Rinse your feet well with clean water and then dry them using a clean towel.
Do this twice a week.
8 Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E. All these vitamins contain antioxidant properties while the cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol content of aloe vera contain anti-inflammatory properties. Lupeol even has some antiseptic and analgesic qualities. Aloe Vera can also heal wounds with its auxins and gibberellins properties.
- Soaking your feet in warm water, scrub them with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin.
- Pat your feet dry, and then apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel on them.
- Put on some clean cotton socks before going to bed.
- In the morning wash them with lukewarm water.
Do this every night for 4 to 5 days for the best result.
9 Lemon juice and Vaseline
Vaseline is a good moisturizer, for cracked heels while the citric acid content in lemon juice promotes skin peeling and regeneration and regrowth of new skin cells.
- Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes or so and then rinse and dry them off.
- Take one tea-spoon of vaseline and add 3-4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it and mix well.
- Apply this mixture on your cracked heels and to other cracked areas of your feet.
- Put on a pair of woolen socks and keep them on overnight.
- Wash your feet with warm water the following morning.
Do it regularly before going to bed.
10 Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is great for softening the skin and reducing inflammation. The sulfates contained in Epsom salt help in flushing out toxins and heavy metals from the cells thereby eliminating any harmful substances within the body and easing pain.
- Fill afoot basin with warm water and add half a cup of Epsom salt.
- Stir it well and then soak your feet in it for about 15 minutes.
- Scrub your feet to remove the dead skin.
This can be done 2-3 times a week.
Isn’t it great to have remedies for cracked heels that are simple enough to find in your own kitchen? It is much better than having to buy and pop pills, wouldn’t you agree?