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10 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cracked Skin

Hard and cracked heels usually appear due to a lack of moisture. We pay a lot of attention to our face, but mostly neglect other parts of our body, especially our feet. With time, dry skin on the heels cracks and not only causes a lot of pain, but makes it easy for harmful bacteria to enter the body. Luckily, with proper care, it’s possible to remove the hard skin from your feet forever.

Bright Side prepared 10 easy and efficient methods for you to achieve baby soft skin on your feet. All the needed ingredients are widely available and affordable, so just take action.

1. Skin-repairing parsley foot bath

Parsley contains vitamin C, collagen, and vitamin K. These nutrients help to repair and regenerate skin, promote skin elasticity, and speed up skin healing. This makes parsley one of the best home remedies for dry feet and cracked heels.

What to do:

  • Chop 10-12 parsley sprigs into fine bits and add this to a basin with warm water;
  • Soak your feet for 30 minutes;
  • Repeat daily for smooth feet.

2. Lemon compress

Lemon is one of the best remedies for dry, cracked heels. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities and contains vitamin C. Lemon juice boosts skin health and soothes skin irritation. It has no side effects, so you can use this method as much as you want!

What to do:

  • Get one large, semi-squishy lemon and a pair of cheap socks;
  • Cut the lemon in half and remove the juice using a juicer or by simply squeezing them (but leave the pulp inside the halves);
  • Put your heels into the lemon halves and then put on your socks. Leave for 30 minutes;
  • Remove the lemon peels and rub some carrier oil (for example, coconut) into your heels.

3. Tea tree oil foot bath

Tea tree oil has been used in traditional medicine for ages. It’s a natural antiseptic that soothes skin inflammation and heals wounds. Use a tea tree oil lotion to rub into your feet or make this amazing foot spa:

What to do:

  • Fill a basin with warm water and add a few drops of tea tree oil;
  • Put your feet in the basin and soak your calluses until your skin softens.

Warning: Don’t soak for more than 15 minutes! The tea tree oil is very strong and might damage the skin if it’s kept in the oil for too long.

4. Apple cider vinegar soak

Apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits for our feet. During the day our feet are covered most of the time in socks and shoes, creating germs. Moreover, our feet don’t get enough oxygen, which leads to dry skin. Apple cider vinegar kills the microbes, softens the skin, and removes bad foot odor.

What to do:

  • Fill a basin with warm water (4 parts) and add one part apple cider vinegar;
  • Soak for 20 minutes;
  • After removing your feet from the basin, very gently scrub your heels or rub with a pumice stone.

5. Oatmeal and jojoba oil mask

Oatmeal is used as a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin and softens it. When applied on the skin, oatmeal relieves redness, itching, and dryness. Jojoba oil suits all skin types, is rich in vitamin E, B-complex, zinc, copper, and selenium, and it restores the natural balance of the skin. It’s light, not sticky, odorless, and has a long shelf life.

What to do:

  • In a bowl, mix oatmeal with enough jojoba oil to make a thick paste;
  • Rub this paste into your dry skin and then leave for 30 minutes;
  • Wash your feet with warm water and dry with a soft towel;
  • Repeat daily.

6. Banana and avocado moisturizing mask

Bananas are the perfect moisturizer. The enzymes in this fruit help to remove the dead skin cells from your feet and will make your skin silky and soft. Avocados are rich in oils and fats that are perfect for dry, hard skin. This simple mask will help to heal your dry heels and will enrich your skin with vitamins.

What to do:

  • Blend one banana and half an avocado in a blender to make a paste;
  • Apply this paste onto the heels and let it stay for 20 minutes;
  • Wash your feet with warm water and dry with a soft towel;
  • Repeat every day until the dry skin on your heels gets better and the cracks heal.

7. Aspirin foot scrub

Aspirin has acetylsalicylic acid and anti-inflammatory properties. It softens the hard skin that forms calluses and can reduce the size of calluses. Together with lemon juice, it has skin healing properties too. Aspirin makes a perfect remedy for dry skin and cracked heels.

You will need:

  • 6 aspirin pills, 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice, and plastic wrap.

What to do:

  • In a bowl, muddle the aspirin into a powder;
  • Add lemon juice to the aspirin powder and make a paste;
  • Apply the paste to your feet;
  • Place plastic wrap loosely around your feet and leave for 10 minutes;
  • Rinse your feet and gently scrub them;
  • Repeat for several days.

8. Pineapple peel compress

Don’t throw away the peels from your pineapples! Pineapples contain enzymes that can break down the hard skin on your feet. Also, this fruit is rich in vitamin C, which keeps the skin healthy and produces collagen.

What to do:

  • Apply sliced pineapple peels to your dry feet;
  • Put a sock on your feet to keep everything in place;
  • Wait for 10-15 minutes. Remove your socks and the peels.
  • Repeat once a week.

9. Soothing castor oil foot bath

Castor oil is helpful when you want to moisturize your skin and remove the hard, dry skin from your feet. It contains triglycerides that restore the hydration of the skin, soothe the affected area, and prevent cracks from appearing in the future.

What to do:

  • Fill a basin with warm water and add 5 tbsp of castor oil;
  • Soak your feet in this water for 10 minutes;
  • Gently scrub the dead skin with your favorite foot scrub or with a pumice stone.
  • Repeat daily.

10. Refreshing chamomile foot soak

Use a chamomile soak to pamper and soothe your feet. Chamomile can calm red, dry, and irritated skin. The antioxidants in chamomile help to soothe the skin and protect it from environmental stressors. And the best part: It’s suitable for any skin type.

You will need: 1/2 cup powdered milk (It’ll make your feet soft and smooth), 1/2 cup Epsom salt, and 2 tbsp of dried chamomile.

What to do:

  • Mix all your ingredients in a bowl;
  • Fill a basin with hot water, put 1/2 of the chamomile foot soak in the basin and soak your feet;
  • Enjoy for 20 minutes;
  • Dry your feet with a soft towel and rub with your favorite lotion.

Don’t forget: Besides applying masks on your feet and taking a bath, rub your feet with lotion every day. It will fill the skin with moisture and speed up the process of removing the hard skin on your heels. After all, your feet deserve to be loved!

Do you have hard skin and cracked heels? Which of the listed recipes would you want to try? Maybe you have your own remedy for cracked heels? Make sure to share it with us in the comment section!

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