Do you have dry, flaky skin on your feet? Feel ashamed to take your shoes off in public gatherings? Many of us face this problem often. We spend a lot of time to take good care of our face but we hardly care about our feet. That is why, various skin problems like dry feet, cracked heels, flaky skin appear repeatedly. Except applying a lot of moisturiser on your feet to curb dryness, you can actually take good care to keep your feet healthy, hydrated and salon like always.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you wear a pair of heels and it doesn’t look good because your feet look tanned and dull in them? Well, you are not alone. Most of us had these moments once in our lives and this is all because of our negligence. We all follow a proper skincare and haircare routine but nothing for our feet.
We hardly ever do anything for our feet other than cleaning them while taking a bath or going to the salon to get a perfect pedicure. But these are not enough for them. You need to pamper them with extra TLC, use the right footcare products, and indulge them in some DIY home remedies to cleanse and nourish them.
Glowing skin, lustrous hair, stunning attire and elegant footwear, CHECK! But hang on, what about your feet? Are they getting all the required attention? Cracked heels are a common problem faced by most of the women and they can make your entire scorecard go down to zero if you don’t take proper care of them.
Women are often sad with dirty feet and cracked heels can make you feel embarrassed. The perfect image of beautiful feet can simply vanish into thin air with your heels being cracked. Not only in terms of looks, but cracked heels can also bring you other skin troubles like skin peeling, redness, inflammation and itching too.
And if you are someone who is suffering from cracked and dry feet, then here are a few simple and effective natural home remedies that you can try for yourself and flaunt your feet in stylish footwear!
What Causes Dry, Cracked Feet?
The skin on the feet tends to become drier as there are no oil glands present there. This dryness causes can lead to skin dryness and thickening, increasing the risk of cracking and calluses.
The following factors may also contribute to cracked feet:
- Standing for long hours
- Prolonged exposure to water
- Cold weather
- Use of harsh soaps and chemicals
- Being overweight
- Use of improper footwear
- Medical conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, diabetes, and thyroid
Follow these DIY home remedies for smooth heels and beautiful feet.
- Coffee foot scrub
If you are a coffee lover, you surely know that your feet love coffee as much as you do. Mix two tablespoon of coffee powder with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Apply this thick mixture all over your feet in gentle circular motions, pay special attention to your ankles and heels and scrub for 15 minutes. Rinse with clean water.
Don’t throw away those coffee grounds! You can turn them into a scrub that will exfoliate and smooth feet. Coffee can help in clearing all the dead skin cells from the feet. Also, the caffeine helps in increasing blood flow in your foot.
- Honey and brown sugar scrub
Running around in heels all day can lead to tired, achy feet. Give them some tender, loving care (without breaking the bank and splurging on branded foot care products). Just whip up a batch of this honey, coconut oil and brown sugar scrub, and massage gently until you feel completely relaxed.
The granules of brown sugar are soft and fine, which means they easily dissolve and hydrate your skin, keeping it soft and nourished for a longer time. One of the easiest foot scrubs to make, your feet will thank you after an exfoliating session using this scrub.
Mix ¼ cup of brown sugar with 2 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage this scrub for about 25 minutes and rinse it with warm water. Repeat the process once a month for effective results.
- Oatmeal scrub
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that help get rid of dead skin cells and soften the skin. The coarse texture of oatmeal makes it an excellent ingredient for exfoliating. It is used in a number of facial exfoliators too, to get rid of dead skin cells gently yet effectively. This oatmeal foot scrub also has the ability to soothe dry itchy skin.
Add two teaspoons of oatmeal, and enough water to form a thick paste. Mix all the ingredients together and massage your feet using this paste for 10 minutes. Wash it off and follow up with a moisturiser.
Perform this treatment every other day for best results.
- Banana pack
You may be surprised to know this, but banana works as a moisturizer. It can make your skin softer and smoother banana is considered to be the most effective in healing cracked heels. Bananas are amazing to cure skin problems even when it is about the harsh and tough skin present on your feet. It is a natural moisturiser, which is better than market products. It contains vital vitamins for skin like vitamin A, C and B complex.
To use banana on your feet, mash up a banana and rub it onto your feet. Let it dry for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. Messy as it may be, this trick is great for your feet! Do this twice daily for three days and see the amazing result.
Olive oil has nourishing properties that make your skin soft and supple. However, it is not suitable for all skin types. Therefore, do a patch test before using it on the affected area. Olive oil is one of the best oils which has numerous skin benefits. It moisturises the feet and also softens it. This prevents the skin from becoming dry and rough.
All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in olive oil and massage your feet gently in a circular motion for about 20 minutes. Put a pair of clean socks and for an overnight softening treatment. Wash the oil away with lukewarm water. Repeat this process twice a month for effective results.
Studies show that vegetable oils contain emollient properties, along with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. They act as nutritional building blocks for healthy skin. These potent qualities of vegetable oils can help treat cracked heels.
After washing your feet, apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked heels. Leave it on overnight to nourish your feet with vitamin A, D and E and wash your feet in the morning. Wear a pair of thick socks to avoid stain on the bedsheet. Do this before going to bed until you get the required result.
- Epsom salt
Epsom salt softens the skin and also soothes tired feet. It also improves skin barrier function, reduces inflammation, and keeps your skin hydrated. Epsom salt can be used as an exfoliant to soften rough, cracked feet. Along with soaking your feet, massage a handful of Epsom salt into your skin for an added boost.
The crystallized compound structure of Epsom salt provides exfoliation of the dead skin on the feet. The foot soak may help decrease roughness and leave the feet softer.
Soak your feet for around 10 minutes in a mixture of half cup of Epsom salt and water. Gently scrub away the dead skin from your feet to get softer and cleaner feet.
- Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel will help heal the ridges and cracks, and increase collagen synthesis. The plant contains amino acids that helps in softening the skin. Aloe vera gel is a highly effective moisturizing and humectant agent that helps provide moisture to the skin. The mucopolysaccharides in aloe vera gel are useful in hydrating the skin.
It is enriched with vitamin A, E and C, and antioxidants. The only thing you have to do is to apply clear aloe vera gel on your clean feet every night before going to bed and cover them overnight with a pair of comfortable socks to nourish your dry feet and get rid of cracked heels. Repeat this process once a week.
Baking soda acts as exfoliant and removes dead cells. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe the skin. When it comes to foot care, a baking soda soak can soften the skin and make it easier to remove roughness. Soaking in baking soda also helps eliminate foot odour. So, if your feet are in need of some TLC, give them a spa treatment with an at-home baking soda foot soak.
Add baking soda half bucket warm water. Let the baking soda dissolve in the water. When it is done, dip your feet and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Always scrub gently with the pumice stone after soaking in warm water. Apply plenty of moisturizer after that. This helps remove the dead cells. Do this 2 times a week for better results.