Dry heels. Cracks on your heels and pad. We’ve all experienced dry, cracked feet at one time or another. It is the product of a lack of moisture but drinking more water isn’t the cure all for this condition. Many of us try to ignore it. Others try to cover it up with closed toe shoes, even in the summertime. But you don’t have to do either of those things. There are ways to remedy dry, cracked feet and the best part about it is that all of these remedies can be done in the comfort of your own home.
But first let’s take a look at how your feet came to be dry and cracked. It happens over time and is primarily, as stated above, the product of reduced moisture. There are also other reason that contribute to chronic dry feet such as standing for long periods of time where the foot position is not shifted frequently, carrying extra weight, cold weather, exposure to water for a prolonged period of time (ironic, right?), eczema, thyroid disease, and a host of other reasons. The cracks in the skin can be painful or just unappealing – either way, they are bothersome.
If you are ready to learn ways to get rid of dry, cracked skin, here are some DIY natural skin repair ideas:
- Soak your feet in warm soapy water. Do this for about 20- minutes or so and then remove excess skin with a pumice stone. If you do this every other night for a couple of weeks you will see marked improvement in your dry skin.
- Lotion your feet and cover them with socks at bedtime. This allows the moisture to seep into the skin overnight and soften your problem areas. Use petroleum jelly in the same way. It seals in moisture and helps skin to repair itself.
- Rub coconut oil into the dry skin every day. This will help to keep the skin hydrated and smooth.
- Soak your feet in vinegar and water for 15 minutes daily. Vinegar is a natural exfoliant and will loosen dry skin and soothe over-exerted feet. Lemon works in the same way. Soak in it for 10 minutes and then use a loofah to remove the skin. If you don’t have a loofah or pumice stone you can use a toothbrush to remove the loosened skin.
- Create a scrub with olive oil and brown sugar. Rub the mix around your feet as you would a facial mask. Let the mix sit on your feet for 10 minutes before rinsing. Do this several times a week and you will see changes in your skin.
Remember that anyone can have dry feet and there are many causes for it including age. As we get older we lose moisture and elasticity in our skin. The key to getting rid of dry, cracked feet is consistency. If you keep working at a method you will see great results over time. Be patient and diligent and you will have smooth and soft feet before you know it.