Most of us are on our feet throughout the day. We pay a lot of attention to our hair, clothes, makeup, bag and other things but tend to neglect our feet. Our feet keep us up and running but most of us don’t pay attention to their health. Cracked and dry feet indicate that we are not looking after them in the way we should be.
Heres a brief description of what I have learned:
The skin on our tends to get dry as we have no oil glands in place. So, the dryness causes the skin to crack.
Lack of moisture, exposure to pollution and medical conditions such as diabetics, eczema, psoriasis, and thyroid lead to cracked and dry feet. In some cases, the cracks can be deep and even bleed. Even walking will become uncomfortable when the cracked skin rubs against footwear.
Let’s be honest cracked feet are unsightly and painful, I don’t like to admit to it but it has happened to me before. However, I did find some fixes which did help.
So, let’s look at my five simple but effective ways to fix your cracked and dry feet.
Use Liquid Bandages
These are used if the cracks on the feet are too deep. My cracked feet were not too bad. However, I found out through reviews and research that these are ideal for those of you with deeper cracks that may bleed.
So this is essentially how it works. You apply the bandages to clean and dry skin so ideally after taking a shower. The bandages will help seal the wound and prevent any further infections.
But I would recommend you incorporating an exfoliation and moisturizing regiment along with this to help bring your feet back to life.
P.S. The bandages can also come as a spray which means you can go about your daily routine without having to worry about the bandages peeling off.
Soak and Exfoliate
This was my go to fix and it worked wonders for me. In fact, I am still using it to this day to help prevent them going back to their old state. As the saying goes a stitch in time saves nine. Do a little looking after now so you don’t end up with a big problem later.
So, the skin around the cracked feet is often far drier and thicker than the skin around the rest of the foot. The cracked skin tends to split when pressure is constantly being applied. If we’re on our feet all day then there’s no way of stopping this. But what we can do to help fix this is, soak and moisturize our feet.
What you have to do first is place your feet into lukewarm water for at least 15 minutes. Add soap to the water to remove any dirt and dust from your feet. Then place your feet to soak in the warm soapy water. Not only is it relaxing but I promise you it will help soften the thick and hard skin.
To help you further you can use a foot scrubber, loofah or a pumice stone to remove the thick and hard skin along with the foot soak. Use the pumice stone each time you shower to remove the thick skin from your feet. This will help keep the skin on the feet fresh and soft.
Gently pat your feet dry after removing them from the water. Then apply a moisturizer or heel balm on the affected area. Petroleum jelly can also be used, it will help lock-in moisture.
But be gentle because if you scrub too hard and deep, it will cause more cracking and irritation than you had before. I have seen this happen before and it is not a pleasing sight.
Also, don’t forget to avoid scrubbing your feet when they are dry. This will increase the risk of damage to the skin. As vigorous scrubbing will end up drying your feet.
Along with the above, I also used a Moisturizing heel sleeve and the did do exactly what I expected. So if you are eager in getting them fixed sooner than the average person then, do purchase one of these too. It will only make your feet softer.
As mentioned above moisturizing was important to me. It was best when I applied an oil-based moisturizer. I would do this twice a day on my feet. Once in the morning and once before going to bed. But before applying the moisturizer, ensure that your feet are clean and dry.
You can also use a heel balm or cream in the morning is also important. As applying the cream increases the skin’s elasticity and prevents the skin from drying.
In addition, I would recommend you to also apply a foot balm before going to bed along with wearing soft socks so that the moisture is sealed in.
If you moisturize your feet daily, they will become soft and healthy. It may take time but its a very good prevention technique and this is one I still do.
This is a home fix you can do, without having to go out and buying anything extra.
Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It works as a natural remedy for a lot of illnesses as it cleanses and heals wounds. But luckily for us, it can also be used as a moisturizer for your entire body.
Coconut oil is also recommended to treat dry skin. It will help the skin retain moisture. So whether you have coconut oil or honey already at home. you should use them.
After a foot soak or a shower, you can use enough coconut oil or honey to cover your foot heel and leave it on overnight. It will help your feet and in the morning your feet will feel and look far better than they did the night before.
Most of us have this at home in our kitchen somewhere. So its a great go to. I did try this a few times and it did help relieve pain and soften my heel.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
It is important to wear shoes that fit properly. I have noticed that sandals and flip flops increase the risk of dry feet. The sun tends to dry out or feet quickly without us realizing.
You shouldn’t be wearing cheap shoes without the right support, not only will it ruin your day but they will damage your lovely feet which we all need on a daily basis.
So please wear shoes with proper support. I have made this mistake before and I assure you it really is not worth it in the long run.
After visiting a local podiatrist I was told my choice of footwear were partially to blame. So honestly, you are better off buying shoes that give you good support and good levels of comfort.
Another tip I have learned over time is to choose footwear that is weather appropriate. Whether it’s a hot day or a rainy day be prepared it will only help you in the end.
After treating your cracked and dry feet, you should ensure that they are well maintained, by applying the tips I have given you above. I can’t emphasize it enough but choose a good pair of shoes and moisturize your feet regularly.
You need to take care of your feet so that you can have soft and well-nourished feet all year around. We all want to look great all year round so help yourself so that you can flaunt your feet in whatever footwear you choose to wear.
Let’s remember that a good choice of footwear that are comfortable and strong will go a long way in taking care of your feet.
I hope these tips help you in fixing and preventing cracked feet as it did for me.
Are There Any Other Home Remedies You Can Recommend?
Yes, there are plenty more. The ones I have mentioned above are just my go-to options.
Well, let’s try to work with some of the items you already have in your house so you don’t have to go out and spend extra money. Because let’s not deny it, we all like to save money, even me.
So, I have carried out some research for us all and found that there are a few things we could be doing at home to further benefit the skin on our feet. These are:
There are many but I will give you two that I found simple and easy to make. Which will make your skin feel brand new. And its all in the comfort of your own home.
Cucumber Foot Mask
You will need:
- 2 Small Cucumbers
- 1 Lemon
- Olive Oil
- 2 Plastic Bags (with no holes)
- 2 Rubber Bands (optional)
- Juice the lemon and place in a blender
- Add 2 Cucumbers and 3 tbsp of Olive Oil into the blender
- Halve the contents of the blender into the 2 plastic bags
- Sit down and slide your feet into the bags and cover your feet with the contents
- Secure the bags on to your feet with rubber bands (optional)
- Relax for 15 minutes
- Then rinse off
You can do this every day up until your heels turn soft again.
This is a very easy and simple mask you can apply. There’s no cost involve and its a great fix.
Rose Water Foot Moisturizer and Mask
Rose Water simply put is rose and water. This fragrant water has vitamins such as; A, B3, C, D and E. Some of these are antioxidants which help the skin come back to life. So it only makes sense to make a mask with it.
You will need:
- 2 teaspoons rosewater
- 1/2 Lemon cup juice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons glycerine
- A pumice stone or a foot scrub
- Luke Warm water
- A container big enough for your feet
- Thick Socks
- Fill the container with lukewarm water
- Add 1 tablespoon of salt along, 1 teaspoon of rosewater, 1 teaspoon of glycerine along with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Give the contents a mix
- Sit down, relax and place your feet into the container with the contents
- Enjoy for 20 minutes
- Remove your feet from the container and use a pumice stone or foot scrubber all around your feet to get rid of dead skin
- Wash your feet with soap
- Mix 1 teaspoon of rosewater with 1 teaspoon of glycerine and one teaspoon of lemon juice
- Then take a seat and apply this mixture to your cracked heels
- Put some socks on and leave overnight
- Wash off the contents of your feet
Carry this out every 2 days up until your heels soften up.
There you have it, a two-step method with the same contents to create a moisturizer and mask. The acid in the lemons will aid in preventing cracks on the heel as they have healing properties for rough and dry skin. In addition, the glycerine helps soften skin which is why many of the cosmetic manufacturers are using this in their products.
These have been used for centuries to moisturize the body with. It is time for us to also make use of this trick. All the oils have many benefits providing the skin with complete moisture needed to stay healthy. So, you can use whichever oil that you like. But because I am a fan of Olive Oil. We will go with that.
Natural Olive Oil
You will need:
- Olive Oil
- Evening Time before you go to sleep
- Thick socks
- Wash and clean your feet with soap
- Pat them dry with a towel
- Once dried, take 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil and apply to one foot.
- Apply and moisturize the full foot especially the cracked area
- Do the same for the other foot
- Wear thick socks and leave overnight
- Wash your feet in the morning
You can do this daily until the heels soften and still continue even after your cracked heels disappear.
This will help you hugely as olive oil has properties that nourish the skins and help heal your cracked feet.
Will Vitamins Help Me?
Of course, they will. Your body needs vitamins to stay at its optimum at all times. As it has been simply stated in the Harvard Medical School Website ‘Does anyone need vitamin and mineral supplements? Well, yes’.
We eat a variety of items in our diet nowadays and a lot of us are missing out crucial vitamins we require. So, many of us would benefit from a good all rounded multivitamin.
There are a few vitamins you could take to help your skin stay fresh and healthy at all times and that’s not just the skin on your face. So we need antioxidants to help and luckily for us, these are Vitamin A, C, and E.
In Layman’s terms, Vitamin A is essential for vision, growth development, cell recognition, immune function, and reproduction. It is a great fat-soluble antioxidant which acts as a hormone within your body.
You can find this vitamin in many natural foods such as :
- Meat (Salmon, Herron, Oysters, Herring, Liver Organ, Eggs)
- Dairy Products (Milk, Cheese, Butter)
- Fruits (Melons, Dried Fruits, Mango, Papaya, Butternut Squash, Tomato, Dark Fruits, Pumpkin, Cantaloupes)
- Vegetables (Broccoli, Carrots, Sweet Potato, all Lettuces, Peppers)
But what is the recommended dose for Vitamin A?
Well, this table below will help give you the doses you need.
|0 to 6 months old||400 micrograms (mcg)|
|7 to 12 months||500 mcg|
|1 to 3 years||300 mcg|
|4 to 8 years||400 mcg|
|9 to 13 years||600 mcg|
|14 to 18 years||900 mcg for males, 700 mcg for females|
|14 to 18 years/pregnant females||750 mcg|
|14 to 18 years/breastfeeding females||1,200 mcg|
|19+ years||900 for males, 700 for females|
|19+ years/pregnant females||770 mcg|
|19+ years/breastfeeding females||1,300 mcg|
But what happens if I take too much Vitamin A?
However, taking too much is no good as it can be toxic and cause hypervitaminosis so be careful with your doses.
Symptoms such as a change in vision, skin change or bone pain can take place. Or it could get worse and lead to liver damage and brain pressure.
So please take the recommended dose only. But if you do notice any changes then do consult with your doctor.
Vitamin C is also another powerful antioxidant essential for skin, bones, blood vessels and connective tissue. It is a great antioxidant which is beneficial for the production of collagen and helps rejuvenate damaged skin. Which is ideal for us with cracked skin.
You can find vitamin C in many natural foods such as :
- Fruits (Watermelon, Orange, Grapefruit, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberries, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cranberries)
- Vegetables (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Spinach, Cabbage, Sweet Potato, Green and Red Peppers)
But what is the recommended dose for Vitamin C?
Well, it differs for each age category as shown in the table (National Institutes of Health) below.
|0–6 months||40 mg*||40 mg*|
|7–12 months||50 mg*||50 mg*|
|1–3 years||15 mg||15 mg|
|4–8 years||25 mg||25 mg|
|9–13 years||45 mg||45 mg|
|14–18 years||75 mg||65 mg||80 mg||115 mg|
|19+ years||90 mg||75 mg||85 mg||120 mg|
|Smokers||Individuals who smoke require 35 mg/day|
more vitamin C than nonsmokers.
But what happens if I take too much Vitamin C?
Just like Vitamin A if you take more than the recommended dose it will lead to problems. These are; nausea, kidney stone, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, headache, and insomnia.
If you do notice any of the above then do contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Great, But I hear taking Vitamin C doesn’t really help my Vitamin C levels increase?
Well, there’s some truth to this matter. It depends on your body and your age.
As you age collagen in your skin decreases naturally. Oral supplementation such as pills are good if you are not getting a balanced diet, however, it is not effective at being absorbed by the skin.
So what can you do instead?
Well, you can take topical treatments to help fix this balance. Apply Vitamin C topical creams directly to the skin to allow the skin to absorb the Vitamin.
There are many options available out there, but if you would like to go ahead with one that I believe helps with the advice of my doctor then for the Kleem Organics Vitamin C Serum, its great.
Vitamin E is another powerful fat-soluble antioxidant. It is great for; immune functions, protecting cell for damages, skin, and eyes. It also helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals (essentially unstable atoms that can cause damage to your cells)
You can find vitamin E in many natural foods such as :
- Cooking Oils (Almond, Sunflower, Hazlenut, Wheat Germ Oil, Palm, Grapeseed, Canola, Rice Bran, Safflower, Cottonseed)
- Fruits (Black Currants, Blackberries, Kiwi Fruit, Avocado Mango Raspberries, Apricots, Olives, Cranberries)
- Vegetables (Green and Red Peppers, Turnip greens, Beet Greens, Mustard Greens, Broccoli, Asparagus, Collards, Spinach)
- Nuts (Sunflower Seeds, Cashew Nuts, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds Pistachios, Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Pine Nuts, Almonds)
But what is the recommended dose for Vitamin D?
The table from National Institutes of Health below shows.
|0–6 months*||4 mg|
|7–12 months*||5 mg|
|1–3 years||6 mg|
|4–8 years||7 mg|
|9–13 years||11 mg|
|14+ years||15 mg|
But What Happens If I Take Too Much Vitamin E?
Well if you take too much then you may notice the following: nausea, diarrhea, rash, vomiting, headache, fatigue or weakness, blurry vision or problems with ovaries or testes.
If you do notice any of the above then make sure you contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Ideally, we should be eating a varied healthy balanced diet which provides us with the nutrients we require. But if we just cannot manage to eat the foods we eat because of a particular reason then a vitamin supplement would be ideal. It will help keep your skin fresh and rejuvenated keeping any cracked skin away. But this is not the only fix, you should keep the 5 tips in mind to help prevent you getting cracked skin.
If you know of any more tips and tricks please leave them in the comments for me to read.