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Six home remedies for cracked heels

These simple home remedies will help get rid of those cracks (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cracked heels are a problem that many people experience at one point in their lives. It is often caused when the heels of your feet are extremely dry and in need of some deep nourishing. 

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Cracked heels can be painful and uncomfortable but this shouldn’t cause you to panic or run to the emergency room. If anything, use this opportunity while indoors to show your feet some love. 

These simple home remedies will help you get rid of cracked heels from the comfort of your home.

1. A stone scrub

First and foremost, ensure you have a good quality natural pumice stone for best results. Low quality ones and metal foot files won’t be as effective and they’ll only damage your skin. Using a pumice stone is quite easy because you can scrub your feet in the shower. Shower first as you normally would and give time for the soap and water to soften your heels. Once your heels have softened, scrub gently and rinse. Moisturize while your feet are still a little moist but not wet.

2. Aloe vera mask 

Aloe vera has skin rejuvenating vitamins, collagen promoting properties and antibacterial properties to keep infections away. It works well after you have already exfoliated your feet with a pumice stone. While your feet are still moist, apply some aloe vera gel and massage it into your skin. Once the gel has been absorbed, wear a pair of cotton socks and leave them on overnight. Do this a couple of times a week until you get the desired results.

Massage coconut oil on your heels at night (Photo: Shutterstock)

3. Apple cider vinegar soak

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This quick and easy remedy will exfoliate your skin and clear out the dead skin cells. Prepare the soak by filling a small bucket with some warm water. Warm water is suitable because it’ll soften your skin and allow the vinegar to work. Then pour in a few spoons of apple cider vinegar and mix. Soak your feet in the vinegar water for around 20 minutes depending on the severity of the cracks and then scrub with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin. This will soften and exfoliate your skin. Repeat the process once or twice in a week.

4. Honey soak 

Honey is not new to the skin care game. It has antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin, giving it that refreshing glow. Fill a bucket with some warm water and add in a good amount of honey. Soak your feet for a few minutes then scrub with a pumice stone and rinse. Follow up with a good moisturizer.

Keep your feet moisturized during the day and at night for the best results (Photo by Godisable Jacob from Pexels)

5. Shea butter mask

Shea butter is able to deeply moisturize your heels and eliminate the cracks. It’s the perfect deep moisturizer after you have exfoliated your feet because then, it can penetrate and heal your skin. Massage it in your heel every night. You can leave it on the whole night since it doesn’t need to be rinsed off.

6. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another effective moisturizer for dry, cracked heels. When you’re from the shower, take some coconut oil and massage it on your heels. You should add this to your routine every night and then oil your heels with your usual moisturizer in the morning. 

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You must always remember that to eliminate cracked heels you definitely need a lot of exfoliating and moisturizing. 

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