When it comes to grooming and beauty care, we happily ignore our feet. But, very few may be aware of the hard-work our feet do the whole day. They carry the burden of our body, get exposed to rough surfaces, dust and unfavourable weather, and often take the pain of sharp objects that may poke them. However, it is important to know that over-negligence can ruin the health of your feet, and this can be highly painful. Going by this, our feet deserve maximum attention. In fact, the health of your feet may help to create an impression about you. Cracked-feet often depict lethargy, ignorance and lack of time, while healthy feet are a sign of beauty and a well-groomed person.
- Make it a point to wash your feet with lukewarm water before going to bed. Dry thoroughly and rub foot cream or any vegetable oil on your feet till the lubricant is totally absorbed by the skin. Repeat this act on daily basis for healthy, crack-free feet.
- Scrub your feet at least thrice in a week with a foot scraper or pumice stone. This will help to remove the dirt and layer of dead skin.
- Trim your toe-nails on regular basis, and wash and dry the area between the toes to avoid fungal infection.
- Wear shoes and socks that can soak the sweat and keep your feet dry.
- Make a mixture of half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of sea salt. Dissolve it in hot/lukewarm water (temperature you can stand). Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes in the water. This will not only help to relax your feet, but will help to ex-foliate and heal the cracks. Salt in the water has healing, anti-bacterial properties and the baking soda has skin softening properties.
- Prepare a foot soak by adding vinegar and lemon to the water. These acidic foods can heal any fungal infection, and remove bacteria easily.
- Keep your feet moisturised by adding few drops of olive oil to any foot soak. Dry feet are the main cause of itching and cracked heels.
- Petroleum jelly is considered to be a sure shot way to cure problems caused by dry skin. Its oily nature saves your heels and toes from getting cracks, fights eczema and keeps your feet moisturised. However, make sure to wear socks after applying it as it can attract dust, which again may not be good for your health. Petroleum jelly can give you the healthy feet you want.
- Turnip has always been proven great for the feet. Boil few pieces of turnip, mash it and make its paste. Apply it on cracked heels, and leave it for one to two hours. Repeat this remedy for one week.
- Take olive oil and apple cider vinegar in equally quantity, and mix them well. Apply it every night before going to bed. Wear socks to make the remedy more effective. This solution is known to smoothen the skin and remove the tan.
- You can also make solution with small parts of lemon juice, rose water and glycerine to apply it on your feet. Glycerine being a natural moisturiser can work wonders on cracked heels. In fact, this remedy can prove great during winters.
- Make a scrub with gram flour, rice flour and multani mitti. Apply it on wet feet and scrub for few minutes. This natural, home-made scrub helps to remove dead skin and dead cells, making the feet feel fresh. Apply moisturiser at the end of the process.