Every woman knows the struggle of pampering her entire body from head to toe, only to have to redo the whole procedure again in two weeks’ time. However, possibly the most stubborn part of your body to pamper is your feet.
We put a lot of (literal) pressure on our feet. They’re constantly being used, and there is no way around it. You can try your best to look after your feet, but because they are always in shoes or bare on the floor, they develop harder skin than the rest of our bodies.
This is a guide on how to care for those pesky cracked heels so that your feet feel baby soft.
Why You Have Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are essentially just dry skin. In the same way that if your lips are dry, they crack, or you get “crocodile skin” if you don’t moisturize enough. The skin on your heels cracks much easier than your other skin because it is harder skin.
Your heels could also form cracks because of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Skin conditions such as these tend to dry the skin out all over the body, meaning that your heels will crack more quickly than the average person.
How To Get Rid Of Cracked Heels
It is essential to remember that you cannot get rid of cracked heels overnight. You will need to soften the skin on the heels overtime to file away at the dead skin and eventually minimize or get rid of the cracks.
You can soften the skin in many different ways. You can soak your feet in 1 part Listerine, 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts warm water for 15 minutes. You could also soak your feet in a basin of water with half a cup of Epsom salts for fifteen minutes. Both of these methods will soften the dry and dead skin enough so that you can file it off with a foot file.
How To Keep Cracked Heels At Bay
Once you have softened and filed the dead skin on your heels down, it is essential to keep your heels hydrated at all times so that the skin stays soft and there is no build-up of dead skin that will be able to crack again easily.
You can do this by using many different methods. You can use natural methods like applying honey, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, or banana to your heels before wrapping your feet overnight, or you could find a thick balm or moisturizer that you apply to your heels just before you go to bed. The most important thing to remember is that hydrated heels are happy heels.