Summer is on its way – and you know what that means. Pretty soon, you will want to show off your pretty feet in those beautiful sandals you just bought, or those towering high heeled shoes. But you could be dreading summer if your heels are dry and cracked. Instead of dreading the heat and how it will affect your poor heels further, just try a few different ways to make your feet look supple and beautiful again. If you start now, your feet can be summer ready just in time!
Cracked Heel Causes
But what causes those hard, cracked heels to form in the first place? The most common reason is a lack of hydration in the skin. Dehydration can be a major factor that makes the skin dry and prone to cracking. So if you are prone to cracked heels, be sure to drink plenty of water each day. Water not only hydrates the entire body, but keeps the skin on your feet supple and moisturised as well.
The cracks in your heels can get progressively worse due to other factors, such as changes in the weather (cold winter weather affects cracked heels deeply), an unhealthy diet not comprising proteins, vitamins and water, wearing tight shoes or footwear with material that doesn’t let the skin breathe, or even soaking the feet too long (prolonged hot or even cold water exposure can dry out the skin). Medical conditions such as diabetes can exacerbate the problem, as can aging – with aging, your skin loses the ability to repair damaged skin cells and it also loses its elasticity. So when the skin cannot stretch, it begins to crack as you get older.
Cracked Skin Remedies
For many people, home remedies are often the first option to try when they want to deal with the hard, cracked skin on their heels. One common home remedy involves soaking your feet in warm water and lemon juice - the acidic property of lemon juice is quite effective in softening the rough skin that leads to cracking of the skin.
There are two other methods you can use to treat your cracked heels. You can opt to remove the hard skin surrounding the cracks on the feet, or choose to add the skin’s hydration – or just do both! Both these methods go to the root of the problem, and hence, they yield good effects. If you don’t want to try making unguents and creams at home (because they make a big mess in the kitchen!) you can just buy Scholl’s Foot Care Cracked Heel Repair Cream K+, which works best when applied twice a day. Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream K+ is clinically proven to repair and soften the dry, rough and cracked heel skin, and it shows visible results in just 3 days.
Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream - its ingredients and benefits
- 25% Urea:
For deep penetration deep into the epidermis, which helps in locking moisture and re-hydrating rough, callused skin.
- Ultra refined medial grade lanolin
It provides a high level of refinement, which is more suitable for people with diabetes and those with sensitive skin. It displays superior barrier repair and wound healing properties.
- Water-in-oil emulsion, which as an occlusive action, creating a thin film of barrier on the skin:
This aids the penetration of the moisturizing ingredients into the epidermis, thereby reducing water loss by evaporation. It helps the skin to retain water for longer.
This ingredient has been shown to increase collagen* synthesis of the skin. Collagen gives skin its elasticity and helps it combat splitting and cracking. *invitro test.
Vitamin B5 improves the skin’s texture and health.
It is a soothing ingredient that reduces the discomfort of cracked heels.
- Non greasy and easily absorbed:
The cream is easy to apply and it is quickly absorbed into the skin. So you can wear your socks soon after applying the cream.
It’s best to apply the cream at night before going to bed, and wearing a pair of socks to cover the feet once the cream is applied. The feet get time to absorb the cream and skin repair takes place while you slumber. The cream is a fast acting formulation that contains Keratin – this ingredient helps the skin’s natural renewal process and creates a natural barrier against pollutants and further disrepair while the skin heals itself. Keratin is composed of cells that make up the protective structures in the skin, hair and nails. Using the cream shows visible improvement in just three days – so you can soon flaunt your feet in flip flops or those killer pair of high heeled shoes!
We also recommend using Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File to file away the rough and cracked skin on your feet. But if the cracked skin is thickened and difficult to remove, you must approach a podiatrist to remove the thick layer of callus.
One thing to avoid doing when treating cracked heels is to remove the natural layer of oils on the skin. These oils are necessary to maintain skin health and prevent cracking. They can be removed by soaking in very hot water, or using harsh soaps. While you should certainly wash your feet with water every day, be sure not to use very hot water or soap that have a high pH level.
So with just a few changes and a little TLC, you can soon have smooth, glowing heels that you can flaunt all summer!