We squeeze our feet into ill-fitting shoes and do not take care of our feet as much as we do for our skin and hair, and because of this they usually end up cracked, dry and unattractive.
Cracked heels not only refer to lack of proper care but also overexposure of the same to pollutants. Pamper your feet with the following home remedies and get those elegant looking soft lotus feet and flash them with pride.
Home Remedies For Cracked Heels
Soaking Feet In Water
Cracked heels need a daily care of cleaning and moisturizing. Pour the juice of a lemon in ¼th bucket of water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Gently scrub off your heels with a loofah or hard towel and rinse your feet well. You can apply readymade Vaseline or any other nourishing cream over the affected area for quick healing.
Application Of Honey
Warm 3 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Gently massage your feet with this solution and leave for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water.
Honey is a natural moisturizer that nourishes the cracked heels whereas sesame oil helps in softening the cracked skin around heels.
Glycerin And Rose Water
Mix together Rose water and Glycerin preferably in equal ratio and store in a jar. Apply this lotion on your feet everyday at bedtime. Glycerin is excellent for healing the dryness and preventing heel fissures.
Massage your feet with olive oil or coconut oil everyday at bedtime. Leave it overnight and wash the next morning.
These oils can be mixed with little paraffin wax for effective results. Wear socks after applying wax with oils to avoid mess.
Healing Touch With Neem
Crush a handful of Neem leaves and add a teaspoon of Turmeric powder to it. Apply this mixture on your feet and leave for 10-15 minutes before washing with water. Neem and Turmeric both have antiseptic properties that cure the wounds and infection in the heels.
Mix together equal quantities of Mango tree sap and water and apply it on your feet. Leave for half an hour and then wash with tepid water. Mango tree sap or gum has astringent and antibacterial properties which heal the heels with least effort.
Gently rub the pulp of ripe Banana on your feet. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse well.
Avocados can also be mixed with Banana at times to help the cause more. These fruits have all the essential vitamins and minerals to moisturize the skin and prevent further cracks.
Mix together Papaya and lemon juice and apply on the affected area. Leave for 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The enzyme pepain present in Papaya is regarded as organic alpha-hydoxy substitute that helps in healing the cracks faster.
Healthy balanced diet full of nuts and minerals, vitamins and omega3 fatty acids is required to prevent cracks from going deeper and healing the same from within. Following the same regime as you do for face –cleaning, exfoliating and moisturizing will work wonders for feet also.