The falling temperatures as winter sets in, bring relief on one end, yet expose the fragile body to a number of noticeable changes, which adversely affect our beauty goals. The heels develop cracks or fissures due to the dry atmospheric conditions and that’s when this mostly neglected part of our well-cared-for body seeks attention. This problem is more prominent among women than men.
It is generally caused due to lack of moisturization as the skin on the feet lacks oil glands. Sometimes, people suffering from medical conditions such as eczema, diabetes, thyroid, psoriasis are more prone than others.
Uncared for, cracked heels may be quite a disappointment to a well-groomed personality. Moreover, if the problem deteriorates further it may lead to complications, like fungal infections, requiring medical attention from a podiatrist. So work on them as early as possible. A few simple steps and little care can work wonders on the cracked heels and heal them. Let’s unfold the secrets of soft and supple heels.
Lock the Moisture: Since lack of moisture is the main causative factor, it is essential that the heels be well hydrated by topical application of balms, foot care creams, or moisturizing lotions. A variety of foot care creams available over the counter have proved to be quite effective. Just cleanse the area and apply a small amount of the cream or moisturizer and rub it gently till absorbed. For those constantly on the move, this treatment is most suitable at night just before going to bed. Secure them with soft cotton socks.
Mild, Fragrance-free Cleansers Recommended: It is essential to keep the feet clean and dirt-free, so as to avoid any infection. The choice of cleanser is important as harsh chemicals and strong fragrances used in skin cleansers can harm the already sensitive skin and regenerate the problem. It is essential to use mild cleansers like emollients for showers. Remember to moisturize the heels too after a bath.
Check Your Footwear: Many a times, ill-fitting, open-backed shoes are also the culprits to be blamed for your heel woes. Hence, it is advisable to wear shoes and boots with closed heels and cushioned foot pads to keep the heels relaxed while walking. Cotton socks offer multiple benefits like providing cushion, reducing friction, and absorbing sweat and excess moisture, thus allowing the skin to breathe well.
Weekly Intensive Care: Just like the face and arms, once in a week, intensive care treatment is essential for sore heels.
- Soak the feet in lukewarm soapy water for about fifteen minutes.
- Scrub away any hard or thickened skin around the heels using a loofah scrubber or pumice stone.
- Gently massage the feet with a moisturizing lotion and finally apply petroleum jelly on the cracked areas.
This pampering treatment will leave your feet clean and soft and also boost your mental well-being and confidence.
DIY Home Treatments: Look around the house and those miracle workers are none other than daily home items that are just a stretch away. Some of them can help in efficiently treating cracked heels while avoiding any further recurrences. Check them out…
- Honey is naturally endowed with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and can heal and moisturize too. If used as a night mask, it will definitely show positive results.
- Coconut oil is a bliss not only for the hair and face but also the cracks in the heels. Armed with anti-microbial properties, it soothes and heals if applied overnight.
- Glycerin along with lemon juice and rose water make a good combination. Packed with vitamin C, lemon heals the rough and flaky skin and also prevents further cracking. Glycerin softens the skin while rose water, with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, aids the healing process. Mix the three ingredients in equal quantities and store in a glass bottle. Apply at night and wake up to see the cracks fading away.
Voila! There you are. Use any of the above-recommended treatments, fix the cracks and dance to beats of your favourite tunes (since this is also the wedding season). Forget the pain or tension of anyone noticing your heels. The stage is all yours.