We often pay too much attention to our face that we forget about our feet. Dry feet and cracked heels look bad and they feel unpleasant and rough so you need to take care of them.
But the fact is that our feet are the ones that are helping us to carry out our daily activities and we need to take a little bit more care of them especially in the colder months when we’re constantly wearing closed shoes. Fortunately, there are many natural ways that will help you to nourish the skin of the feet and if you really want to pamper yourself why not making a pedicure at home too. Here are some homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels:
Causes for Dry Feet and Cracked Heels
Before you begin to treat your dry feet and cracked heels, you need to know what causes the skin to become dry and rough to the touch. The most common causes are:
- Cold weather. The cold fall and winter weather usually bring a low humidity and that can be a factor that contributes to dry skin on your feet.
- Dehydration and not drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated, it’s reflected on your skin. Excessive use of alcohol, coffee or black tea can also cause dehydration.
- Taking really hot baths or showers or soaking in a hot bath too frequently or for too long. Even if you don’t use strong soap, if you frequently take long hot showers or baths, the skin on your feet may become dry.
- Using harsh, drying soaps on your feet. Soaps that contain strong chemicals and hot water remove the natural oils from your skin and you skin loses its natural moisture, leaving it dry and rough.
- Not moisturizing your feet. Usually when we moisturize our skin after showering, we forget about our feet. Use a gentle and natural lotion to moisturize your feet.
Important! Dry feet can also be caused from some health or skin conditions. Consult your doctor before treating your feet at home.
Homemade Remedies for Dry Feet and Cracked Heels
When you touch your feet, they should be gentle and smooth and to achieve this you can try some homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels.. Here are some:
Homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels – Sugar scrub
With this homemade foot sugar scrub you’ll get rid of the dead skin cells on our feet and it’ll make your skin really smooth and silky.
Mix 3 tablespoons sugar with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and rub the mixture on your feet. Massage your feet for 5 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels – Honey foot mask
Honey has a miraculous effect on the skin, so you should definitely use it for your feet too.
For this homemade foot mask with honey you’ll need: 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or your favorite natural oil). In a small bowl, mash the banana and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, apply the mixture on your feet and wrap your feet with a cling film (not too tightly). After 20 minutes, rinse your feet with warm water. After using this homemade foot mask you’ll immediately you feel that your feet are softer.
Homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels – Coconut oil treatment
Before you sit down to relax in front of the TV in the evening or before you go to bed, wash your feet with warm water and dry them with a towel. Apply a good amount of coconut oil and put on a pair of old clean cotton socks. In the morning you’ll notice a huge improvement and your feet will be softer.
Homemade remedies for dry feet and cracked heels – Moisturizing foot mask
Beat one egg yolk with one teaspoon of honey and apply the mixture on your feet. Wrap your feet loosely with a cling film and leave the homemade foot mask for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes rinse the DIY homemade foot mask with warm water and dry your feet with a towel. Finally massage your feet with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil or your favorite natural oil and put on a clean cotton socks.
This way the skin on your feet will be nourished and it’ll get extra soft from the oil treatment.
Apply a natural foot cream immediately after showering or taking a bath. When the skin is still warm from the shower or bath, it’ll absorb the product better.
You might not see your feet during the day but that doesn’t make them less important. Don’t neglect them and take a good care of them.