So what are the causes of those unsightly cracked heels in the first place? Cracked heels are usually caused by insufficient moisture - dehydration can be a big factor in making your skin prone to being dry. Remember to drink plenty of water each day to keep your body properly hydrated, and regularly moisturise your feet too, daily, if you can.
Cracks can be made worse through many other causes, including cold winter weather from the preceding season, an unhealthy diet (your skin needs lots of vitamins and nutrients in order to keep growing and staying healthy), wearing ill-fitting shoes or soaking in a hot bath for too long. Having diabetes can also add to the problem.
There are many different home remedies that you could try to fix the problem like soaking your feet in warm water and lemon juice - the acidic property in lemons can be very effective in softening rough skin that leads to cracking.
There are two methods you can use to treat cracked heels. Removal of the hard skin surrounding the cracks, or re-hydration of the skin, or both! As these methods take care of the cause, and the effect. If you don’t fancy making a mess on the floor while you try to smooth out your heels, you can buy Scholl’s Cracked Heel Repair Cream K+ which works best applied twice a day. Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream is clinically proven to support the natural recovery process of dry skin, giving visible results in just 3 days.
Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream - its ingredients and benefits
- Urea: Penetration deep into the epidermis, locking moisture in and re-hydrating, even through callused skin.
- Ultra refined lanolin High level of refinement; this natural ingredient not only nourishes but helps your skin to breathe. Even suitable on sensitive skin.
- Panthenol: Vitamin B5 helps improves the skin condition.
- Bisabolol: A soothing ingredient to help reduce the discomfort of cracked heels. Non greasy and easily absorbed: Quick and easy to apply to your skin, and absorbs quickly so clothes can be put on shortly after applying the cream.
It’s best to apply it at night time, just before going to bed, try with a pair of socks on over the top as well. This will give your feet time to soak in all of the product. The cream contains Keratin which helps the natural recovery process of the dry cracked skin.. Keratin is an essential component of cells that make up protective structures in skin, hair and nails. Used twice a day there can be visible improvements in just three days. That should get you on the way to smooth and polished heels!
Try to avoid removing your natural oils where possible, as these help protect your skin and prevent cracks. Oils are stripped from your skin under very hot water, or from harsh soaps. While regular bathing is encouraged to keep your skin clear, don’t run the water too hot, or don’t use soaps at an extreme pH level.
So with a few changes and a little TLC (Tender loving care), you will have banished those cracked heels and keep them at bay for the future!