Cracked feet are extremely common and are marked by thick, dry skin. In minor cases they are a cosmetic annoyance that may inhibit your confidence when walking barefoot or wearing sandals, but they can also be incredibly painful. For example, the cracked skin may turn red, become chronically itchy and start to peel or even bleed. Whenever you notice your feet starting to dry out, try these ten smart home remedies to rejuvenate the skin.
1. Vegetable oil
Olive oil or coconut oil can help to treat cracked feet and improve skin condition to prevent future cracks. After a bath or shower, rub the vegetable oil all over the driest areas of your feet, then slip them into a pair of clean, thin soaks. Ideally, you should apply the oil just before going to sleep so that your skin can absorb the oil overnight. You should notice a difference after just one treatment, but applying oil every night for a week will yield the best results.
2. Lemon juice
Lemon juice can be drying, but when used just once or twice a week it can fight infection, heal cracks and encourage dead skin to slough off. This simple home remedy merely requires rubbing a halved lemon across your feet, gently squeezing it to ensure that plenty of juice spreads across the skin. Wash the mixture off with water after five minutes.
3. Aloe vera ointment
If you have an aloe vera plant at home, you can use its gel to make your own ointment. Alternatively, you can get aloe vera gel from most health food stores. All you need is 2tbsp of the gel along with 1tsp of turmeric and 1sp of crushed holy basil leaves. This mixture has antibacterial properties thanks to the holy basil, and it and also promotes smoother skin. The aloe vera component is especially soothing for inflamed, painful feet.
4. Healing foot mask
Just like face masks can enable you to look your best, foot masks can help to heal tired, sore feet. One of the best masks can be made by mixing 2tsp of rose water with 1tsp of lemon juice and 1tsp of glycerin. After you soak your feet for 10-15 minutes, apply this sticky mask to all the cracked areas of your feet. You can leave it on while you put your feet up and relax, or you can put on a pair of socks and let the mask do its work while you sleep. Rinse the mixture off with warm water when you’re ready.
5. Apple cider vinegar foot soak
Find a brand new or thoroughly cleaned bucket or tub, and fill it with warm water. For every gallon of water, add around a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soaking your feet in this mixture will help to get rid of bacteria starting to breed around the cracks, reducing your risk of infection.
6. Oatmeal paste
With 1tbsp of powdered oatmeal and some lovely jojoba oil, you’ll make a paste that helps to diminish cracks and reduce the chances of future dryness. Make sure you leave the mixture on your skin for at least half an hour, then wash it off with cold water. Ideally, this treatment should be repeated four times a week.
7. Diet that boosts skin health
Your skin depends on adequate supplies of vitamin E, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids and water in order to stay healthy and hydrated. In addition to upping your fluid intake, try eating more leafy green vegetables (e.g. kale), oily fish, almonds and carrots. You should see a gradual improvement in your skin’s condition, including around those dry or cracked areas on your feet.
8. Rice flour exfoliation
You can make a natural, effective foot scrub by combining ground rice with 3tsp of honey, 3tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1bsp of vegetable oil. Whisk the mixture together until it thickens, then soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 10-15 minutes. Apply the exfoliating paste to the cracked or dry areas of your feet, rubbing in light circular motions. Your feet should be softer when you rinse off the paste, and repeating this process every few days can help to guard against future cracks.
9. Moisturizing foot mask
You can create another fantastic foot mask with a single banana and half a green coconut. Blend the two ingredients together, and then spread the resulting paste all over your feet. Bananas and coconuts are packed with vitamins, healthy fats and essential oils that hydrate your skin and soften those overworked areas around the heel and ball of your foot. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes before washing off with warm water.
10. Mentholated rub
Finally, mentholated rub is a powerful home remedy for rough areas of skin that need a boost of essential oils. As a bonus, it may help to fight developing fungal infections around the toes. The rub should be applied to freshly washed feet at bedtime, then washed off in the morning. Used daily, mentholated rub encourages dry and dead skin to peel off, revealing the smoother, healthier layers underneath.
Author Bio: Johan Olers is a resident writer for Veterinary Drugs manufacturers .