Winter is peaking, and with that, expect your skin to get drier. As the temperature keeps on dropping down, you can notice the skin around different body parts such as hands, elbows, knees, and lips getting drier. Yet, the skin around the heels, being thicker than the skin around other areas of the body, tends to get the driest to the point of cracking. With very simple ingredients available at almost every home, here are easy and fast remedies to soften dry heels.
Banana and Avocado Foot Mask
Avocado is rich in vitamin E which is excellent for the skin and the banana works as a moisturizer. For this foot mask, you will need 1 ripe banana and ½ an avocado. Mash the banana and the avocado well together until you get a smooth and creamy paste. Spread this mixture over your feet and leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat this every day.
Salt, Glycerin, and Rose Water Foot Scrub
Rose water is an excellent anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the skin and relieves irritation. Glycerin, on the other hand, helps the skin retain its moisture keeping it soft. Adding these two ingredients to salt will create a scrub that rids you of dead skin cells while keeping your heels very soft. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to 2 tablespoons of glycerin, and 2 tablespoons of rose water. Take this mixture and add it to a basin filled with warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Scrub your feet with a pumice stone, rinse, and seal the moisture with your choice of foot cream or any lotion. Repeat once a week.
Rice Flour, Honey, and Vinegar Foot Scrub
Rice flour acts like an excellent exfoliator which not only sloughs off dead skin cells but also keeps your skin nourished. Honey acts like an antiseptic that heels skin and keeps it soft. The vinegar in this scrub will help moisten dead skin making it easy to scrub. Add 2 tablespoons of rice flour to 1 teaspoon of honey and 5-6 drops of vinegar, Mix the ingredients to make a scrub. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes then scrub using the mixture. Follow this scrub with a moisturizer and repeat this remedy once or twice a week.
Additional Tips to Keep Your Feet Soft
• Scrub regularly with a pumice stone.
• Use shea butter, coconut oil, or petroleum jelly for extra moisture.
• Oatmeal mixed with any oil such as olive oil or coconut oil to remove any dirt or impurities.