It’s party time, you are all dressed up. Everything is perfect, your dress, your make up, your hair. It’s time to put on those sexy stilettos that you were dying to wear. Then suddenly you take a look at your feet and you realize that your heels are so dry and cracked. You say to yourself “Oh my God! What are my friends are going to say….? This is so embarrassing!” It’s not the time to rush to the beauty salon to get them fixed. Now what? You have no other option but to hide them by wearing your same old pumps. Too bad!
Your feet require your attention, it’s time to do something about those heels before this situation happens again. The problem i.e. cracked heels is also called heel fissures. Now there are a number of factors that can cause heel fissures such as dehydration, xerosis (dry skin), psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot , diabetes, and deficiency of certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and zinc.
The good thing about these cracked heels is that they are easily avoidable. All you need to do is take good care of your feet and try these simple remedies to get rid of the problem once and for all.
Remedy No. 1: Olive Oil Lemon Juice & Honey
The first remedy can do wonders to your feet. It will make those dry heels soft and smooth, over night. Hard to believe? Try it yourself! You need some olive oil, lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. Mix them well and apply it to the cracked heels. Keep your feet covered by wearing cotton socks. Wash your feet in the morning with lukewarm water. Exfoliate and moisturize.
Remedy No. 2: Banana
You will need a banana for this one! Take a ripe banana, mash it well and apply to the cracked heels for about 15 minutes. You can also add an avocado to it. Wash off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process once a week.
Remedy No. 3: Vegetable Oil
Go straight to your kitchen and get some vegetable oil, it can be coconut oil, sesame oil or even mustard oil. Massage well on the dry cracked heels that have been scrubbed with a pumice stone and thoroughly washed. Wear a clean pair of socks and leave them like that for the night. In the morning wash your feet with lukewarm water. Repeat this process for a week and you will notice a visible difference.
Remedy No. 4: Glycerin Rose Water & Lemon Juice
One of the most promising remedies require glycerin, rose water and lemon juice in equal quantities. Mix these three ingredients and keep the mixture in a bottle or a container. Every night, before going to bed, wash your feet, scrub them and apply this mixture to your feet. Wear clean cotton socks and wash your feet in the morning. Not only it will treat your cracked heels effectively but it will make your feet soft, smooth and fair. You can apply this mixture to your hands as well.
Remedy No. 5: Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax has always been dry feet’s best friend, especially those feet with cracked heels. Melt some paraffin wax in olive oil or mustard oil and allow this mixture to cool. Apply it to your cracked heels, wear socks. This process can be repeated twice a week for best results.
Remedy No. 6: Lemon Juice
Take some warm water in a small tub and add lemon juice to it, juice of 2 to 3 lemons would be enough. Let your feet soak in this water for at least 10 minutes. Then exfoliate the dead skin with a pumice stone. Repeat this process twice a week.
Remedy No. 7: Salt
Dip your feet in salty water, slightly warm. You can also add mustard powder to it, only about half a teaspoon. This will not only fix your cracked heels but would also relax your foot muscles. Afterwards dry your feet and apply petroleum jelly on the cracks.
Remedy No. 8: Pumice Stone
Consider this remedy as a daily ritual. Before going to bed wash your feet with a good soap, then soak your feet in lukewarm water for maximum 10 minutes, use a pumice stone on the heels to remove away dead skin cells. You can also use a natural scrub instead of pumice stone.
To make the natural scrub take rice flour about 2 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon of vinegar, mix them to form a paste and massage your feet with it. Rinse off and pat dry with a clean towel. After that you can apply a good cream, petroleum jelly or olive oil to moisturize your feet. Wear cotton socks. Now you are ready to go to bed.
We are sure that one of the above mentioned remedies would work for you. It is also suggested to focus on your diet and make sure you are getting enough zinc, iron, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Also drink plenty of water.
Finally! it’s time to put those stilettos back on!
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