Our feet are probably among the hardest working parts of our body. They carry our entire weight and help us move from one place to another. They deserve to be given tender loving care but they often go unnoticed till unsightly cracks appear. These cracks not only make it painful to walk but can also lead to serious infections. Soft, moisturized feet feel and look beautiful.
Cracks in the heels are usually caused due to severe lack of moisture. Seriously dry feet occur because of:
- Very cold and harsh winters
- Dehydration of the body due to heat or sickness
- Feet being in warm water for a long amount of time (Yes! warm water strips your feet off moisture)
- Using harsh chemical-laden products for bathing and cleaning feet
- Excessive scrubbing of feet in the pretext of exfoliating them
- Diabetes and other medical reasons
Our skin needs to be kept moisturized all the time to avoid cracks. When the skin loses moisture, it is not pliable enough to let the heel expand outward as we walk, and hence it cracks. These cracks, when left unattended can lead to deep fissures and bleeding allowing bacteria to spread infections in the body.
Here are a few fixes for cracked feet (heels) that will leave you happy and ‘kicking’:
Glycerine and rosewater remedy for Cracked Heels:
Start off by soaking feet in lukewarm water with sea salt mixed in it.
- Leave them in the soothing warmth for about 15 minutes and follow it up with a good rubbing of pumice stone.
- Once the dead skin cells are sloughed off, combine 1 tsp. glycerine with 3 tsp. organic rosewater and few drops of lemon and apply it to your feet covering the entire skin.
- Leave the mixture on overnight or for at least 2 hours and then wash off with cold water.
Your feet will love this treatment. Do it every night and see your feet transform into the soft feet you always wanted.
Relaxing and deeply moisturizing foot massage for Cracked Heels:
Oils are the best natural moisturizers for the skin.
- To treat severely cracked heels, mix together 1 tsp. almond oil and ½ teaspoon of olive oil till they are well combined and store it in a bottle, in a cool, dark place.
- Wash your feet with warm water and exfoliate the dead cells.
- Next, rub in a spoonful of oil into your feet and gently massage.
- Wear a pair of cotton socks and go to bed.
Wake upto feet that look and feel softer and more beautiful. Do this treatment at least once every fortnightly and wave a good bye to painful, ugly looking feet.
Fruity mask for Cracked Feet:
Certain fruits are rich in enzymes that do wonders for your skin. Fruits such as banana, papaya, coconut, and avocados are enzyme and vitamin rich. They penetrate into the skin to deeply hydrate it and hence are excellent for curing cracked heels.
- To make your very own moisturizing fruit mask, mash a whole ripe banana into a bowl.
- Add 1/2 an avocado and 3 tbsps. tender coconut flesh and continue mashing and mixing till everything is well combined.
- Apply the paste to your feet covering the entire heel area and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
- Wash off with cold water to reveal better hydrated skin.
Repeat this treatment once every alternate day till desirable results are achieved.
Milk and honey exfoliating potion for Cracked Feet:
As much as it is essential to moisturize your feet regularly to heal and prevent heel cracks, it is important to exfoliate them. Exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin cells and reveal a new smoother skin.
- To make your homemade exfoliator, combine 4 cups of fresh full fat milk, one cup of organic honey and one cup of rose water to prepare a foot soak.
- Soak the feet in the freshly prepared potion for about 30 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
- The lactic acid in the milk will gently exfoliate, whereas the humectant rich honey will deeply hydrate your skin and heal the cracks.
Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too. This helps avoid infections. Do this treatment every day for a week or till feet are restored to normal.
Herbal mask for Cracked Heels:
This treatment has been used in India since hundreds of years to protect and maintain the beauty of feet.
- It requires you to combine a handful of neem (margosa) leaves and 2 tsp. of turmeric powder with water to make a paste and apply on the affected area.
- The anti-fungal properties of neem and the softness rendering qualities of turmeric combine to heal your cracks and make your feet beautiful.
This treatment is particularly good for bleeding heels and can be used as often as possible.
Jojoba oil and oatmeal mask for Cracked Feet:
Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliator and jojoba oil is a magic potion for dry skin. Together they help cracks heal quickly by giving it a large moisture dose.
- Grind 1 tbsp. of oatmeal and mix it with enough jojoba oil to make a smooth paste.
- Apply it to your feet, gently filling in the cracks as you massage.
- Leave the pack on for at least 30 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.
Do this treatment every alternate day till the cracks heal completely.
Deep conditioning mustard oil mask for Cracked Feet:
Mustard oil has potent moisturizing properties. It is a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both of which make it an ideal moisturizer for chronic dry skin.
- Start this treatment by heating a cup of mustard oil in a saucepan and adding to it, 2 tbsp. of paraffin wax (use uncoloured pure wax).
- The wax will melt completely in the oil.
- Massage the oil into your cracked heels while it’s still warm.
- Wear a pair of cotton socks to help your feet absorb oil better and you avoid staining anything that comes in contact with your feet.
- Leave the socks overnight.
Store the remaining liquid in a glass jar and use it every day. If you notice the wax has solidified, heat it again. If you are wondering why use paraffin wax, well it helps seal the moisture on your feet. Do this treatment every day for a week and you will rid yourself of ugly cracks.
Magnesium salve for Cracked Heels:
Magnesium oil, although called ‘oil’ is actually water that has a high concentration of magnesium chloride. This oil like wonder, gets absorbed into your skin super quickly leaving it soft and supple. Combined with other natural moisturizing ingredients, magnesium oil becomes a super potent moisturizer.
- To make your very own magnesium salve that you can use to relieve your cracks, melt ¼ cup of Shea butter, ¼ cup of coconut oil, and 3 tbsp. of beeswax together in a bowl (use double boiling method to heat the oils).
- Let the mixture cool down and then blend it in a blender.
- Pour in 2 tsp. of magnesium oil as you blend.
- Continue blending till everything is well combined into a gel like paste.
- Store the prepared mixture in a glass container with lid.
- Every day before going to bed, apply a generous layer of this salve to your cracked feet and cover them up with socks.
Do this treatment for 10 days and you will thank us.
Black mud mask:
Black mud, that is usually found on the banks of rivers and lakes is rich in minerals and can hydrate even the most chronic dry skin. Combine it with beeswax, and it will become your most powerful arsenal against rough, dry skin.
- Heat 100gms of beeswax in a saucepan.
- Once it comes to a boil, pour in 100gms of clarified butter and stir till well combined.
- Take the saucepan off the flame and leave it to cool down completely.
- Mix in 100gms each of rock salt, jaggery, and black mud.
- Stir in 50 gms of honey and 5 gms of camphor till it forms a smooth paste.
- Store this paste in a glass container, in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
- Apply this paste once or twice daily (depending on the severity of your heel condition) and leave it on for about 45 minutes before wiping it off with a warm, damp cloth.
You will see a marked difference in the appearance of your heels within a week of applying this wonder mask.
There you go!
Use these remedies to make your feet look and feel sexy and soft. Remember to protect your feet against UV and dust, maintain foot hygiene and pamper them every once in a while to maintain healthy, supple feet.
Lastly, remember that no superficial treatment can quite match upto an internal one. So, eat well and include zinc, good fatty acids, and vitamin E in your diet. Keep your feet moisturized and protected.
Here’s to happy feet!