Cracked heels or dry feet are common in winter when the air is dry and your skin tends to lose moisture. Lack of attention is also one of the reasons for cracked heels. Some other reasons that lead to such a condition include overexposure to pollution, and medical conditions such as psoriasis, thyroid, eczema, or diabetes.
You can easily treat cracked heels at home and ensure that they regain their soft and smooth appearance.
1. Natural Foot Mask
Just as you have a hair mask or a face mask, you can also prepare a foot mask using all the natural ingredients. Take a tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons glycerin, ½ cup lemon juice, warm water, and 2 teaspoons rosewater, foot scrubber or pumice stone. To a tub of warm water add a few drops of lemon juice, one teaspoon of each rosewater and glycerin. Soak feet in this water for around 20 minutes.
Scrub the heels and the sides of your feet using scrubber or pumice stone. Dry the feet with a towel and apply the foot mask of one teaspoon of rosewater, one teaspoon of glycerin, and one teaspoon of lemon juice on the cracked areas of the heels. Wear socks and leave the mask on overnight. Wash in the morning with lukewarm water. Repeat the process until your feet become soft.
2. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil is rich in fats that nourish and help cracked heels. Take two teaspoons of hydrogenated vegetable oil and apply it on clean and dry feet. Apply a bit more on the cracked feet. Wear socks and leave the oil overnight on the feet. Wash with lukewarm water in the morning. Follow this every night until the feet become free off cracks and rough edges.
3. Vaseline And Lemon Juice
Take a teaspoon of Vaseline and a few drops of lemon juice. Soak your feet in a warm water basin for 20 minutes. Use scrubber or pumice stone to scrub hard edges and cracked parts. Dry the feet and apply the mixture of Vaseline and lemon juice to them. If possible wear a pair of woolen socks and keep the mask overnight. Wash off in the morning.