Dried and cracked heels can be one of the most frustrating and uncomfortable things to have. If you're like me, then you probably thought the only way to really get rid of them is to spend way too much money getting a pedicure. Good news, there is ways you can get rid of cracked heels at home with stuff you probably already have lying around!
Usually the only problem with cracked heels is their appearance, but that shouldn't stop us from seeking out remedies to have beautiful feet again.
Cracked heels are usually caused by dry skin. When weight and pressure are applied to the fat pad under the heel, the skin expands sideways. If the skin is lacking in moisture, it becomes stiff, less elastic, and prone to cracking. This is probably why your heels are the worst in the winter.
You can buy specific moisturizers for your heels called heel balms. These balms contain ingredients to moisturize, soften, and exfoliate dead skin. They can usually be found at any drug store. If you don't want to go out and buy anything, try using a thick moisturizer you have at home. Once you have your moisturizer, use it two to three times a day.
Soaking your feet causes the dead skin to soften. Whenever you have time, soak your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes. Once the skin is softened, use a loofah or foot scrubber to move the dead skin. (This process is really gross but weirdly satisfying.) If you have any Listerine laying around, you can combine it with warm water and create a foot bath. It sounds odd but the mouthwash can kill germs and moisturize dry skin.
As we now know, coconut oil works for just about everything. Using coconut oil on your feet will help your heels regain moisture. Coconut oil's anti-inflammatory properties may help your cracked heels if they're prone to bleeding or infections.
You can use honey as a foot scrub after a soak, or apply it as a foot mask (if you can spare some time to put your feet up for awhile.) Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Honey can help heal and cleanse wounds, and moisturize skin.
Vaseline and Socks
Apply a coat of Vaseline to your heels then put on a pair of cotton socks on before bed. This allows your feet to soak in the moisture all night while also preventing your sheets from being stained.
Getting rid of dried and cracked heels can be as easy as a nightly routine. There is no need to spend the money to get a pedicure when you can use products you have at home, that will actually work and keep the dryness away.