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Achieving glowing skin is no mean feat. We all know you need to put in place a proper skincare regimen to help your skin look a certain way. But do you know most people ignore their feet, and that causes a whole lot of issues? Cracked and dry heels are not a nightmare in most cases, but sometimes they can cause pain.
Because our feet carry the burden of our daily lives, keeping them healthy should be one of your priorities. Just like your face, you also need to keep your feet nourished and moisturised. Fortunately, taking care of dry and cracked heels is pretty easy. You just need to take the help of home remedies, some of which are said to be quite effective in improving the skin texture and quality of your heels.
Here are some home remedies to heal your cracked heels:
If you love cleaning your face with apple cider vinegar, you will be surprised to know that it can also work for your cracked and dry heels. Try mixing in lemon juice, because both the ingredients have anti-inflammatory and acidic properties that can exfoliate your skin. It will help to remove the dead skin, and in turn, nourish the skin.
Here’s how to use it: Take a fresh lemon and grate the outer skin with a grater. Boil three litres of water in a pan along with grated zest, and once it comes to a boil, switch off the gas. Wait for it to come to a lukewarm temperature. Now, add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into water and soak your feet in it for at least 15-20 minutes.
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties and can cleanse the heels really well. It can calm the redness, swelling, and inflammation. Tea tree oil is one of the best essential oils to use for cracked heels along with olive oil. Olive oil effectively works as a natural humectant and moisturises dry skin, because it contains numerous nutrients such as vitamin E, K, and antioxidants.
Here’s how to use it: Take one-fourth cup olive oil and add six to seven drops of tea tree oil. Mix well. Give your foot a good massage with this blend, after soaking your feet in warm water. You’ll find cracks disappearing quickly.
Licorice powder contains a compound known as glycyrrhizin, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that may help to fight bacteria that infect the skin. Turmeric with its antioxidant properties helps to brighten and soothes itchy and irritated skin, while the antiseptic properties help to heal dry skin naturally.
Here’s how to use it: Take two tablespoons of turmeric and one tablespoon of licorice powder in a bowl. Mix both the ingredients well to form a paste. Massage your feet for a few minutes with this scrub and wash it off.
If you wish to achieve smooth and healthy heels, sea salt is the solution. It provides vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to get rid of dry and cracked skin. This combination helps to remove impurities that in turn promotes new skin growth. Plus, oatmeal contains several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can soften the skin, improve skin barriers and help heal wounds and cuts quickly
Here’s how to use it: Mix 100 grams of sea salt, one cup of oatmeal, and one tablespoon honey in a bowl. Use the mixture to massage daily on your feet. Not only does it help to eliminate dirt and grime, but also softens dead skin and makes your skin smooth and crack-free.
Aloe vera has healing and hydrating properties, and works as an ideal choice for dry skin. Mixing it with glycerin acts as an excellent moisturiser for dry and cracked skin on your feet.
Here’s how to use it: Take two tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel. Mix it with one tablespoon of glycerin. Massage your feet after washing your feet with warm water. Using it regularly on your skin will keep it hydrated and fresh.
So ladies, try out these remedies for cracked heels to fix the problem quickly.