How to fix dry and cracked heels?
During Summer, it’s time to choose proper clothes which for our feet usually means it’s time to bring the sandals out of the shoe closet! However, for many of us, our feet are not in the best condition to show off this summer after months of being stuck in high heels, boots, and thick socks. Even if you only have a few weeks to change it, don’t worry. These simple and easy steps will show you how to repair dry, cracked heels and get rid of rough skin on your feet just in time for sandal season!
1. Keep your feet as clean as you can.
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to keep your feet clean during the summer. Chances are you’ll be wearing open-toed shoes—or no shoes at all—and the heat will make your feet sweat more than usual. Not properly drying and cleaning your feet can create an ideal environment for fungal infections, especially for athlete’s foot. This can cause red, scaly skin on the feet and cracks or blisters.
To combat this problem, wash your feet daily with a gentle, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin. Try to avoid cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, as it’s important to keep your feet’s protective moisture barrier intact to prevent dryness and cracked heels.
2. Exfoliate after bathing or showering.
Exfoliation is key to preventing cracks, as it helps remove dead skin and prevent the heels and soles from becoming thick and rough. To do this, after showering or bathing, or soaking your feet, use a foot file to remove dead skin and rough spots. Avoid foot files that look more like a grater, as these may have sharp teeth that can cut or scratch your feet. After you have gently exfoliated your feet, you can go to the next step, which is related to the return of hydration or water supply by appropriate creams and oils to dry and cracked heels. Of course, there is also a traditional method in our Iranian culture to exfoliate the soles of the feet while bathing, which is done with a foot stone and is very effective.
3. Use a rich moisturizer.
Your heels are often at their worst in the winter because there is less moisture in the air. What does this mean for your feet? Less humidity dries out the skin, so your feet are more likely to peel and crack during these cold months. If you want to repair dry and cracked heels and keep your skin soft and smooth all year round, it is better to moisturize your feet daily. Use a rich foot moisturizer that helps maintain optimal moisture levels and softens the skin.
4. Wear socks made of natural fibers.
While you may not feel like wearing socks during the summer months, you should remember that foot care is important all year round, and this point is equally important in the heat and cold! To help prevent dry and cracked heels, wear socks made from natural materials such as wool or cotton, as synthetic fibers make your feet sweat more. Additionally, synthetic fibers do not absorb moisture well, so your feet may be wet and sticky for longer with synthetic socks.
If you want to help retain moisture after using the foot cream, be sure to wear socks after using the cream. Wearing socks overnight can help keep your feet hydrated, although it’s probably best to try this trick in the colder months when feet are more likely to dry out. In the summer, moisturize your feet and sit for 15 minutes or more (with or without socks!) to allow your feet to absorb water and give your tired feet a break.
In this way, you will help your feet to look clean, soft and beautiful, and you will get rid of dry and cracked heels. Although home remedies to eliminate dryness and cracked soles can also have an effective place in your sole and heel skin care routine.
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