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What are the most effective natural remedies for cracked heels? Here are 12 tested scrub recipes and treatments to relieve this nuisance
Cracked heels, what to do? If you have the cracked heels, try to rely on natural remedies and grandmother. Maybe you haven't taken good care of your feet and forgot to scrub or apply a moisturizer after each shower. Here's how to fix it ...
You still have time to run for cover before summer arrives. The tip for preventing cracked heels is to scrub once a week and apply a moisturizer often. If your heels are already cracked try to intervene twice a week with a foot bath followed by a scrub and the application of a pack or a moisturizer.Here are some natural remedies useful in case of cracked heels.
Lavender and bicarbonate foot bath
To soften the skin of the heels try a nice warm lavender and bicarbonate foot bath, which will also have a pleasant relaxing effect. Fill a basin with hot water, pour two or three tablespoons of baking soda and four drops of lavender essential oil. The duration of the foot bath is 15-20 minutes. After the foot bath, do a scrub.
Use the pumice stone only after having softened the skin of the heels with a foot bath or with a hot bath. Pumice stone is a very useful tool for smoothing heels and for removing dead skin cells. Rub it into your feet in a gentle, circular motion. After the pumice stone treatment your heels will be ready for the application of the moisturizer.
If you don't have pumice stone available, use one foot scrub, even better if homemade. Doing a heel scrub once a week and applying a moisturizer immediately afterwards prevents the problem of cracked heels and helps to fix it when it is already there. For the scrub just mix some sugar or salt with an oil of your choice until you get a creamy mixture. You can choose sweet almond oil or the common extra virgin olive oil. Here is a selection of 12 foot scrub recipes for you to try
Sesame oil treatment
Sesame oil is very suitable for dry skin and for its anti-aging effect. It is used as a face and body oil. It is also suitable for feet and heels. To soften rough areas, you just need a tablespoon of sesame oil and 5 drops of mint essential oil. Dilute the essential oil in the sesame oil, apply it on the feet insisting on the heels, wear cotton socks and let it act overnight. In the morning the softness of the skin will be guaranteed. If rough spots are still present, use pumice stone or scrub after this treatment.
With baking soda you can create a slightly abrasive compound, more delicate than a common scrub prepared with coarse salt, useful for softening the heels and removing dead cells. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of warm water. Massage into the heels for a long time in circular movements and then rinse. At this point you can apply a moisturizer or a few drops of sweet almond or sesame oil on the heels.
Rice flour scrub
To prepare this simple exfoliating treatment for the feet, just mix 2 tablespoons of rice flour and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, sweet almond or sesame. Always prepare this treatment at the moment. Mix the ingredients well to obtain an easy-to-apply mixture and massage it on the heels with your fingers or, even better, with the help of a sponge.
Shea butter pack
The advice is to apply the shea butter compress on the heels before going to sleep, after doing a scrub or after passing the pumice stone. Just take some shea butter from the jar with a teaspoon and heat it lightly between the palms of your hands or in a water bath to apply it on your heels effortlessly. You just have to wear cotton socks to protect your feet at night. In the morning, rinse the compress with warm water and mild soap.
Honey is a natural remedy suitable for taking care of dry skin, with particular reference to the roughest areas of the body or affected by dehydration problems, just like the heels. Apply the honey on your heels and let it act for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water or before taking a nice foot bath.
Exfoliant with chickpea flour
Prepare a natural exfoliant suitable for both heels and feet and legs by mixing 3 tablespoons of chickpea flour, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of specially chopped almonds or almond flour. At this point, add 1 tablespoon of oil (for example extra virgin olive oil, almond or sesame oil) and the amount of water necessary to obtain a mixture that is easy to apply and rub on the skin. Massage the scrub on the heels several times, immediately use any leftovers to make a body scrub insisting on the rough areas.
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Oil and lemon remedy
In a glass mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Gradually add some baking soda or rice flour and mix until you get a creamy mixture. Massage into your heels as if it were a scrub or use it as a compress to soften hardened skin. This remedy is also valid in case of corns and calluses.
For this treatment, the pulp of 2 ripe bananas is used, which must be crushed until a smooth and homogeneous mass is obtained. However, it is important that the fruits are ripe otherwise they will contain an acid that is aggressive to the skin. The banana pulp must be gently rubbed on the feet, including the nails and the inside of the toes. Then let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
Banana is a natural skin moisturizer, it contains vitamins A, B6 and C, so this treatment should be done every night for 2 weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.
Vegetable oil treatment
Vegetable oils are probably the best way to combat dry, cracked heels. These are in fact super moisturizing natural products, very easy to use and that we often already have at home. In addition to those already mentioned above, coconut oil or the more common olive oil can also be used. All that needs to be done is to apply them gently on the heels until the skin absorbs them completely. This treatment should be performed periodically in order to improve the condition of the heels keeping it stable over time.
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