Dry and cracked heels always put women in an embarrassing situation, especially when they wear open shoes, and this problem increases especially in the winter when the skin is more prone to drying out. In order to protect yourself from this problem, there are effective home recipes for removing dead skin from the feet and maintaining their smoothness.
Feet care methods
Learn ways to care for the heels and feet to keep them soft for as long as possible, and these five steps will help you in this task:
Use heel creams After the pedicure, use a moisturizing cream designed to care for the heels on a daily basis, to ensure that they remain healthy and soft.
Exfoliate your heels periodically
Use a file for the heels or a pumice stone on a weekly basis, to get rid of any dead skin that may form on them.
Avoid walking barefoot
Walking on different surfaces of different temperatures can accelerate the heels cracking and the appearance of cracks in them, so make sure to wear comfortable and soft household slippers while you are at home.
Do not wash your feet with very hot water
Very hot water strips your skin of beneficial oils that keep your heels from cracking, so the next time you decide to wash your feet, use warm or lukewarm water.
Drink more water
One of the most important causes of dry skin, in general, is the lack of drinking water, so remember always that the secret of the freshness and smoothness of the skin lies in maintaining its moisture from the inside before the outside, and this happens when you drink water in appropriate quantities daily.
All the previous steps are precautionary steps that protect you from dryness and cracking of the heels, but if you already suffer from this problem and want to get rid of it, you should follow one of the following home methods:
Treat dry feet
There are two ways to treat dry feet and cracked heels, and they are:
Soften the heels with vegetable oils:
- Soak your heels in warm water containing a little liquid soap.
- Gently remove the dead skin from them using a foot file or a pumice stone.
- Dry them using a soft, clean cotton towel.
- Use olive oil or any vegetable oil you have available to moisturize them.
- Wear cotton or woolen socks and do not take them off until the next day.
- Repeat for several days until you completely get rid of cracks and dryness.
Soften the heels with water, lemon, and baking soda:
- Soak your heels in warm water with added lemon juice for 10-15 minutes.
- Gently remove the dead skin from your heels with a pumice stone or foot file.
- Wash your feet with warm water, then dry them with a clean towel.
- Finally, moisturize them with whatever product you prefer.
Remove dead skin from feet
You can use oatmeal to make a home scrub to remove dead skin from your feet, as follows:
- Mix equal amounts of oats rose water and milk.
- Apply the scrub on your feet and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
- Use a foot brush to exfoliate your feet.
- Wash your feet with cold water.
- Dry them gently, then apply a moisturizing cream.
- Repeat day after day to get the best results.