- Mash 2 ripe bananas into a smooth paste.
- Make sure that the bananas are ripe.
- Unripe bananas contain acid that is harsh for the skin.
- Gently rub the paste all over your feet, including the nail beds and sides of the toe.
- Keep it on for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, rinse your feet with clean water.
- Repeat this every night before going to bed for 2 weeks or until you are satisfied with the results.
- Add one cup of honey to a tub of warm water.
- Soak your clean feet in the mixture, and gently massage for 20 minutes.
- Gently exfoliate your skin using a pumice stone.
- Pat your feet dry, and apply a thick moisturizer.
- This can be done regularly before going to bed.
3. Soak And Exfoliate Your Feet
The skin around cracked heels is often thicker and drier than the rest of your skin. This skin tends to split when you apply pressure. Soaking and moisturizing your feet can help with this. Here are some tips.
For a foot soak
- Keep your feet in lukewarm, soapy water for up to 20 minutes.
- Use a loofah, foot scrubber, or pumice stone to remove any hard, thick skin.
- Gently pat your feet dry.
- Apply a heel balm or thick moisturizer to the affected area.
- Apply petroleum jelly over your feet to lock in moisture.
- Put on socks to avoid spreading any grease around.
Avoid scrubbing your feet when they’re dry. This increases your risk for damaged skin.
You can also try moisturizing heel sleeves. These have a similar effect to foot soaks. The sleeves are like socks that contain therapeutic oils and vitamins to help treat your dry skin.
4. Rice Flour
- To make the scrub, mix a handful of ground rice with a few teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar.
- Stir it until it becomes a thick paste.
- If the cracking on your heels is extremely bad, add a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.
- Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then gently scrub them with the rice flour paste.
- Repeat the process a few times a week until you are satisfied with the results.
The acidic property in lemons can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking.
- Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes in warm water with lemon juice added to it.
- Avoid using very hot water, which can cause your feet to dry out more.
- Scrub your cracked heels using a pumice stone.
- Wash your feet and pat dry with a towel.
6. Epsom Salt
- Add 1/3 cup of Epsom salt to a bucket or large bowl wide enough to fit both feet.
- Fill with warm water and let feet soak for 20-30 minutes.
- The Epsom salt helps to gently exfoliate the feet.
- Rub feet with a light oil such as sesame oil or jojoba oil to keep feet moisturized.