10 Home remedies for cracked heels you need to try
Cracked heels are a common problem, especially in winter season, when the cold dries out the skin. Yet, unless you take regular and thorough care of your feet, this problem is likely to crop up in any season. Prevention is the best way to avoid it. Exfoliating regularly, moisturising, keeping your weight under control, and avoiding long hours of standing up are all part of effective foot care, but what to do if you’ve already got your heels cracked and dry? Here are some tried and tested home remedies for cracked heels that you might want to try.
That’s right, a banana mask is one of the easiest to make, yet effective home remedies for cracked heels. Simply mash a ripe banana, apply to your cracked heels and put your feet up for a quarter of an hour, then rinse with warm water. Repeat daily for a few weeks to get the best results, and don’t forget to exfoliate every other day in the shower. You can mix the banana with avocado to reinforce its softening and nourishing effect.
2. Paraffin wax
If things are really bad and you’re in pain, melt a block of paraffin wax, add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil and let it cool for a while. Then dip your heels in the mixture, allow the layer to cool, then dip again, until you have a few layers. Wrap your feet in plastic foil and let the wax do its job for half an hour.
3. Salt and lemon
Salt and lemon mixture is another one of effective home remedies for cracked heels. Make yourself a foot bath with sea salt and lemon juice, both of which will soften the tough, cracked skin. Make the water warm but not hot and soak your feet in it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then scrub now softened skin with the mixture of sugar and olive oil, and moisturise with your favorite hydrating cream or oil. Massage it well into the skin and enjoy soft and beautiful feet.
4. Beauty oils: coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil, organ oil, shea butter
Our list of home remedies for cracked heels wouldn’t be complete without mentioning natural oils. Any vegetable oil will do, they all work great. All you need to do is rub the oil generously into your feet, put on a pair of socks – the thicker, the better, so that the oil doesn’t soak all the way through them – and leave them overnight. This is a slowly working treatment but in the morning you’ll wake up to softer, less painful feet. Repeat every night until your heels are cured.
5. Rice flour
Rice flour can be used in an exfoliating paste, combined with honey, for instance, or in a foot soak, again with honey (a tablespoon) and some vinegar (three tablespoons). The acid in the vinegar will soften the cracked skin, the rice flour will exfoliate gently, and the honey will moisturise and nourish your feet. Just put them all in warm water, mix, and soak your feet for 20 minutes, before rinsing.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Another one of effective home remedies for cracked heels is apple cider vinegar. Vinegar can be used on its own too, to soften the hard skin. Well, not precisely on its own, because the acid it contains can dry out the skin additionally, and we don’t want that. But you can make a foot soak with warm water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil plus two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Alternatively, you can use lemon juice instead of vinegar is you don’t like the smell.
7. Lemons and shea butter
Besides foot soaks, you can also do a variation of the vegetable oil compress using lemon juice and shea butter. Just squeeze the juice of one lemon, mix it with the shea butter as much as possible, rub the mixture into your heels, put on socks and wash off after half an hour.
Oatmeal is also included in our list of home remedies for cracked heels; it is a gentle exfoliant and it also has a soothing effect on the skin. Powder it and mix it with an oil of your choice – jojoba and sesame seed oils are particularly good. It should not be too liquid though, it should be like a thick paste. Apply this paste to the affected areas on your feet and leave the compress for half an hour. Then rinse. Do it daily until the cracks heal.
9. Rose water
Rose water is a great remedy for many skin problems. It helps the skin retain its moisture and it supplies it with a mix of essential vitamins, including A, C and E. Rose water is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and it will take care of any possible infection. You can either use it on its own, in a foot soak, or with other ingredients, such as glycerine. Glycerine is one of the most powerful moisturisers, which is exactly what you need, if you’re suffering from cracked heels. You can apply it directly and on its own, or you can mix it with rose water, for even better effect, not to mention the amazing scent of rose water.
Honey is one of the most precious natural products that there is, and we can use it in home remedies for cracked heels too. It’s incredibly versatile, moisturizing and nourishing. You can add it to any mixture you’re using for a foot soak or a compress, and you can also use it on its own, added to a basin of warm water. Just put your feet in and let honey work its wonders.
How to treat cracked heels? What are your favorite home remedies for cracked heels?