Along with the prevention tips above, healing your heels can be as simple as moisturising, depending on the severity of your case. Those with more developed cracked heels will also find the following treatments helpful:
• Moisturise twice a day: Use moisturiser day and night to prevent dryness of the skin. NIVEA Creme contains glycerin, a key ingredient in many foot scrubs and home remedies for cracked heels, while NIVEA Soft works with jojoba oil and vitamin E. We think both are perfect for the job.
• Give your feet a lemon bath: Soak your feet in a basin of warm water with the juice of one lemon for 20 minutes. The natural acid helps dissolve dead skin so it’s easy to remove. After soaking, use loofa gently on feet to wash away skin flakes and dead skin.
• Oil massage before bed: Apply coconut, almond, or olive oil to your heels after bathing and massage each for ten minutes. Put on thick socks immediately afterwards and keep them on overnight. You should have noticeably softer heels in the morning. Continue this routine until the dryness has completely disappeared.
• Exfoliating scrub: There are a number of great commercial foot scrubs or hundreds of recipes online for homemade scrubs that you can choose from. Exfoliate your feet daily until the dry and dead skin has been removed.
• Try a homemade ointment, foot mask, or paste: Home remedies are often very effective, especially because they utilise mostly natural ingredients. Find some recipes you like from reputable health websites or beauty bloggers and give a few combinations a try. Common ingredients for cracked heel remedies include, glycerin, rose water, fruit, milk, honey, avocado, oatmeal, jojoba oil, rice flour, apple cider vinegar, shea butter, beeswax, paraffin wax, and vitamin E
• Visit a podiatrist: If your cracked heels have graduated from pesky dry skin to painful bleeding, seek the advice of a it’s best to see a professional.
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