Dry skin can happen anywhere on your body, but nothing stands out more than cracked heels and dry skin on your feet when you’re rocking a new pair of sandals. No time to get to the nail salon? We’ve got five easy at-home tricks to cure cracked heels.
Warm salt water soak
Start all of these cracked heel cures with a nice warm salt water soak. Dilute half a cup of Epsom salt (or table salt if you ran out during those cold bath-requiring winter months) into a small basin of warm water and soak for 10 minutes. Epsom salt will soften and help smooth away dead skin and improve circulation to your feet.
Brown Sugar, honey and olive oil
By mixing four to five tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil, you will be giving yourself a super luxurious like treatment. Soak your feet in warm water before you scrub from toes to heel and you’ll notice the brown sugar slowly melting away. The olive oil and honey will help moisturize your cracked heels while the brown sugar will exfoliate leaving your skin soft and hydrated.
Baking soda and honey
Mix equal parts honey with baking soda and apply to already soaked feet. Make sure you coat the entire foot with the scrub. The baking soda and honey will form a slimy ‘foot mask’ that should be allowed to harden slightly. Scrub off the mask after 20 minutes. Baking soda has exfoliating properties and honey antibacterial and moisturizing power to quell those rough patches.
Crushed-up aspirin and honey
Once again, honey is here to save the day! Crush three to four tablets of Aspirin with a generous helping of honey. Apply the Aspirin and honey mixture directly to your heels and leave on your feet for 30-40 mins. The Aspirin has salicylic acid which helps to slowly exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin and the honey, the super-powered ingredient, will moisturize any dry skin.
Nothing cures dry skin quite like a giant dollop of petroleum jelly. As a night treatment, apply lots of it to the heels and cover your feet with cotton socks. While it’ll make your socks feel a bit greasy afterwards, when you awake you’ll discover that your heels are soft, supple and dry no more.