Too many outdoor activities, the constant exposure to heat and dust and the changes in the weather, can deplete the moisture and nutrition the skin needs. More so, it makes the feet a lot drier because for many people, care of the feet is most often neglected. When you see signs of cracking and dryness of the feet, particularly on the heels, it would indicate that your feet are in need of moisture and treatment. Disregarding this can bring further complications and may lead to a skin problem known as xerosis.
There are several creams and moisturizers you can buy for treating your dry skin feet. But you can also make use of items found in your own home. Or buy a few raw materials at the store and create an endless stock of homemade heel balm.
In the kitchen, you can use the following to soothe cracked heels and make your very own heel balm solutions:
- You can apply hydrogenated vegetable oil on your feet as soon as you get out of the shower. You can also apply shortening. After doing this, you should wear socks overnight to achieve a more positive effect. When you take your socks off in the morning, you will feel your feet moisturized and renewed.
- You can also apply a cup of mashed ripe banana on the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, either by wearing socks or wrapping it with cloth material. After 10 minutes, rinse it off and clean.
- You can sock your feet in some lemon juice, once a week. Soaking for about 10 minutes should bring back the natural smoothness of your feet and heel area.
- With the same lemon juice, you can also make a heel balm mixture, when combined with a teaspoon of Vaseline. Rub this mixture daily on the cracked heels and see the visible results a few weeks later.
- A good mixture of glycerin as well as rosewater is also helpful in soothing the dry lines of your feet.
For a regular, organic heel balm, which you can keep stock and use at any time, you would have to make your own heel balm solution. For this, you will need two ounces for each of the following: beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, aloe vera, jojoba, emu oil. You will also need orange essential oil and ylang ylang.
In a Pyrex bowl or any other heat safe bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, but exclude the orange oil and ylang ylang first. Place this on top of a water bath that's been cooking over medium heat, so that the ingredients like oil, wax and butter, would melt well together. When this is almost melted, you can remove it from the heat while continuing to stir. Then add the ylang ylang (about 10 drops) and orange essential oil (about 40 drops). Mix thoroughly and then let it cool. After it has cooled down, you can already transfer this to its container. You can substitute whatever fragrance you desire for this mixture.