Are you crazy about your beautiful heels? Home remedies are best to treat cracked heels

Amazingly beautiful feet and heels add to one’s persona. A good pedicure and sexy footwear are like cherry on the cake that enhances your look. Cracked feet, however, is a common problem that many people suffer from. It is characterised by dry, hard and thickened skin around the rim of the heel. Cracked heels can be quite a cause of embarrassment.

Although the problem can affect anyone, improper footcare, improper diet, dry air, lack of moisture, aging, wrong selection of footwear, remaining barefoot most of the time, prolonged standing, use of harsh soaps, exposure to dust and dirt, low humidity and few health problems like diabetes, eczema, corns, thyroid and improper blood circulation are the causes of cracked heels. Your heels should be soft and supple. Take good care of them with the following tips.

Proper cleaning and moisturising: Soak your feet every morning in soapy lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Scrub them with a pumice stone. Rinse with water and dry properly. Gently massage them with olive oil or coconut oil for few minutes. Put on a pair of clean cotton socks for at least half an hour and as long as you can wear them to retain moisture in your foot skin. You may apply any petroleum jelly or a foot cream in place of olive oil. Do it daily and make it a part of your lifestyle to have flawless heels.

Lemon with brown sugar: The acidic property of lemon juice and the exfoliating property of brown sugar can remove dry and dead skin and thus prevent cracking of heels. Combine two tablespoons of brown sugar with two table spoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of almond oil, one teaspoon of glycerine and two teaspoon of rose water. Mix all ingredients well. Being rich in vitamin A, B3, C, D and E, rose water has good antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Glycerine softens the skin. So this pack can be considered as one of the best homemade exfoliating scrub for feet and heels. Wash your feet with soap and water thoroughly. Dip them in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes. Take out and pat dry them. Apply this pack on them and gently rub it for half an hour every alternate day before going to bed. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and wear a pair of clean cotton socks overnight.

Ripe banana and avocado pack: This pack has moisturising properties that are considered as effective home remedies for cracked and dry heels. Wash your feet with warm water and soap properly using pumice stone. Make a fruit pack mixing ripe banana and avocado in equal quantities. Add a teaspoon of honey in it and mix well. Apply this pack on your clean feet covering your heels and rest for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat dry and put on a clean pair of cotton socks for at least an hour after removing the pack. Repeat the process every alternate day till you find relief in your heels.

Paraffin wax: Paraffin wax is a natural emollient to get rid of cracked and painful heels. The heat of the wax helps open skin pores and improve blood circulation. Melt one block of paraffin wax in a double boiler. Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil in it. Let the wax cool at room temperature to the point that your skin can bear its heat. Dip your feet in it. Wait for five to ten seconds and take out. Dip again. Repeat the process for seven to eight times. Cover your feet with a plastic wrap and leave for 30 minutes. Then remove the plastic wrap and peel the wax off your skin. Put a pair of clean socks for few hours. If you’re a diabetic patient or have poor blood circulation, don’t follow this procedure. Also don’t dip your feet in too hot wax. Repeat the process few times a week till your heels become soft and crack-free.

Don’t expose your feet to extreme climate like extreme cold or extreme heat. Don’t walk bare footed on beaches or sandy places. It’s good to walk bare footed on lush green grass every morning to rejuvenate them naturally. Keep your feet always clean, dry and well moisturised. Scrub and exfoliate them regularly and go for deluxe pedicure every 15 days. Wear good quality cotton socks as long as you can so as to keep your feet moist. Wear perfect size, best quality of shoes. You may do hot-cold water technique few times a week to improve blood circulation. It is as simple as dipping your feet in warm water for five minutes and then dipping them in cold water. Repeat the process for 30 minutes.

Sensual, sexy, attractive, lovely and marvellous – these should be the comments for your perfects heels. Don’t find smart ways to hide them. None of the footwear can enhance the beauty of your feet than having flawless heels. Taking good care of them as a part of your beauty ritual is better than hiding them.