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Home Remedies For Cracked Heels and Soft Feet

Home Remedies For Cracked Heels and Soft Feet

Do you feel too ashamed to remove your shoes in public because of cracked heels? While we spend a lot of time caring for our face, our feet are mostly ignored. It is this lack of care and hygiene that causes your heels to crack. If that is the case, I’ve got you covered.

Listerine and vinegar

What to do:

  1. Prepare a mixture of one cup of Listerine, one cup of white vinegar, and 2 cups of water.
  2. Soak your feet in the mixture for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove your feet, and scrub them using a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
  4. Rinse with clean water.
  5. Pat dry, and moisturize.

How often: Repeat every day until your heels heal.

Why it works: Listerine contains thymol and alcohol, which help to fight toenail fungus, cure cracked feet, soothe skin, and treat plantar warts. The mild acids present in vinegar soften dry and dead skin, making it easy to exfoliate.

Rice flour, honey, and vinegar

What to do:

  1. Make a scrub by mixing 3 tsp of rice flour, one tsp of honey, and 2–3 drops of apple cider vinegar. Stir well to form a thick paste.
  2. Soak your feet in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes, and then gently scrub using the paste to remove dead skin.

How often: Repeat the process 2–3 times a week.

Why it works: Rice flour exfoliates, purifies, and remineralizes the skin. Honey is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cracked feet. Vinegar is a mild acid that softens dry and dead skin, making it easy to exfoliate.

Baking soda

What to do:

  1. Add 3 tbsp of baking soda to a bowl of lukewarm water. Mix well until the baking soda dissolves.
  2. Soak your feet in this for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove your feet, and scrub gently with a pumice stone.
  4. Rinse with clean water, and dry your feet with a clean towel.

How often: Repeat the procedure twice a week.

Why it works: Baking soda is an exfoliant. It removes dead cells and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Baking soda can also neutralize foul odour.

Aloe vera gel

What to do:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water, and scrub using a pumice stone to remove dead skin.
  2. Pat dry, and apply a thick layer of aloe vera gel to your feet.
  3. Wear cotton socks, and head to bed.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water in the morning.

How often: Repeat this every night for 4–5 days to see the results.

Why it works: Aloe vera contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E. These have antioxidant properties while the cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol contained in aloe vera have anti-inflammatory properties. Lupeol also acts as an antiseptic and analgesic. The auxins and gibberellins present in aloe vera help in wound healing.

Vaseline and lemon juice

What to do:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water for about 20 minutes. Rinse, and pat dry.
  2. Add 3–4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to one tsp of Vaseline. Mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your heels and other cracked parts of your feet.
  4. Wear a pair of woollen socks, and let it sit overnight.
  5. Wash using warm water in the morning.

How often: Regularly before going to bed.

Why it works: Vaseline acts as a moisturizer, and the citric acid in lemon juice promotes skin peeling and regrowth of new skin cells.

Vicks VapoRub

What to do:

  1. Before heading to bed, apply a generous layer of Vicks VapoRub to your feet.
  2. Massage for 5 minutes, and then put on comfortable socks (preferably cotton).
  3. Wash your feet with lukewarm water the following morning.

How often: Daily before going to bed.

Why it works: Vicks VapoRub contains camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol in a turpentine oil base. This type of ointment is emollient, thereby trapping moisture. The menthol and eucalyptus provide a cooling effect.

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