Dry/cracked feet are a sign of lack of attention towards your body and one of the worst nightmares for most women. The skin on the feet tends to become drier as there are no oil glands present there. This dryness causes the skin to crack. Lack of moisturization, overexposure to pollution, and some medical conditions such as eczema, diabetes, thyroid, and psoriasis lead to dry and cracked feet.
Here is a list of 10 simple home remedies that will help soothe and give a makeover to your cracked heels, and let you step out in style.

Home Remedies For Cracked Feet

  1. Lemon, Salt, Glycerine, And Rosewater Foot Mask
  2. Vegetable Oil
  3. Banana And Avocado Foot Mask
  4. Vaseline And Lemon Juice
  5. Paraffin Wax
  6. Honey
  7. Rice Flour
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Oatmeal
  10. Sesame Oil

1. Lemon, Salt, Glycerine, Rose Water Foot Mask

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons glycerine
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • Warm water
  • Pumice stone/foot scrubber

What You Need To Do

  1. Take a basin of warm water and add raw salt, eight to 10 drops of lemon juice, one tablespoon of glycerine, and one teaspoon of rosewater. Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes in this water.
  2. Using a pumice stone or a foot scrubber, scrub your heels and the sides of the feet.
  3. Mix one teaspoon of glycerine, one teaspoon of rosewater, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your cracked heels. Since this will be a sticky mixture, you can wear a pair of socks and leave it on overnight.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water in the morning.

How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this for a few days till your heels become soft.

Why This Works

The acidic properties of lemon juice help to heal rough and dry skin, thus preventing cracking on the soles of the feet (1). Along with lemon’s acidic properties, the combination of rosewater and glycerin turns out to be an effective treatment for cracked heels. Glycerin softens the skin (which is why it is used in most of the cosmetic products) whereas rosewater has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help in healing cracks (2).

Caution

Lemon juice can cause irritation and dryness to your skin. Make sure you do a patch test to check for any allergic reactions.

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[ Read: Causes Of Cracked Heels ]

2. Vegetable Oil

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You Will Need

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Wash your feet and dry them up completely using a clean towel. Then apply a layer of vegetable oil on the cracked parts of your feet.
  2. Wear a pair of thick socks and leave it on overnight.
  3. Wash your feet in the morning.

How Often Should You Do This

Once every day before going to bed.

Why This Works

The fats in the hydrogenated vegetable oil nourish the skin and heal cracked feet (3).

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3. Banana or Banana and Avocado Foot Mask

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You Will Need

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 avocado

What You Need To Do

  1. Blend a ripe banana and half an avocado.
  2. Apply this thick, creamy paste over your heels and feet.
  3. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off your feet with lukewarm water.

How Often Should You Do This

You can do this every day till your heels become soft.

Why This Works

Avocados are rich in several essential oils, vitamins, and fats that help repair dry skin (4). Banana works as a moisturizer and makes your skin softer and smoother (5).

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4. Vaseline and Lemon Juice

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon Vaseline
  • 4 to 5 drops lemon juice
  • Warm water

What You Need To Do

  1. Soak your feet in warm water for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Mix one teaspoon of Vaseline and a few drops of lemon juice. Rub this mixture over your heels and other cracked parts of the feet till it gets absorbed into the skin.
  3. Apply this mixture and wear a pair of woolen socks. Keep it on overnight and wash off in the morning. Woolen socks help trap the body’s heat and increase the effectiveness of the mixture.

How Often Should You Do This

Regularly before going to bed.

Why This Works

Lemon’s acidic properties and vaseline’s moisturizing properties help you get rid of dry and achy feet (6).

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5. Paraffin Wax

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon paraffin wax
  • 2 to 3 drops mustard/coconut oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Take some paraffin wax and mix it with mustard oil or coconut oil.
  2. Heat the mixture in a pan till the wax melts properly.
  3. Allow this to cool down to room temperature. Apply the mixture on your feet. To get the best results, apply before going to bed and wear a pair of socks.
  4. Wash off properly in the morning.

How Often Should You Do This

Once or twice a week before going to bed.

Caution

Do not dip your feet in the wax when it is hot. If you’re a diabetic patient, then kindly do not try this treatment.

Why This Works

Paraffin wax acts as a natural emollient that helps soften your skin. It turns out to be a good treatment for cracked and painful heels (7).

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6. Honey

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup honey
  • Warm water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix one cup of honey to half a bucket of warm water.
  2. Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Scrub off gently to obtain soft and supple feet.

How Often Should You Do This

You can do this on a regular basis to get rid of cracked heels quickly.

Why This Works

Honey is considered to be a natural antiseptic that helps heal cracked feet, and its soothing properties help revitalize the skin (8).

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7. Rice Flour

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You Will Need

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ground rice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 to 4 drops apple cider vinegar

What You Need To Do

  1. Take two to three tablespoons of ground rice and add a few drops of honey and apple cider vinegar to make a thick paste.
  2. If your heels are extremely dry and cracked, you can add a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.
  3. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and gently scrub it with this paste to remove dead skin from your feet.

How Often Should You Do This

You can apply this foot scrub twice a week.

Why This Works

Rice flour exfoliates, purifies, and remineralizes the skin, making it satin-smooth and soft (9).

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8. Olive Oil

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon olive oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Apply some olive oil with the help of a cotton ball and gently massage your feet in a circular motion for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Wear a pair of thick cotton socks and wash off after an hour.

How Often Should You Do This

You can repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Olive oil is a miracle healer and has nourishing properties that make your skin soft and supple (10). It is one of the most natural ways to get smooth, soft, and healthy heels.

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9. Oatmeal

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon powdered oatmeal
4 to 5 drops olive oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the powdered oatmeal and olive oil to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this over your feet, especially over the heels and any cracked parts.
  3. Leave it on for about half an hour. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry.

How Often Should You Do This

Every alternate day till you get rid of cracked heels.

Why This Works

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that help remove dead skin cells and soften the skin (11).

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10. Sesame Oil

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You Will Need

4 to 5 drops sesame oil

What You Need To Do

  1. Apply sesame oil on your heels and any other cracked parts.
  2. Massage well till it is absorbed by the skin.

How Often Should You Do This

Daily before going to bed.

Why This Works

Sesame oil is considered to be very nourishing and moisturizing. It helps soften and soothe dry and cracked feet very efficiently (12).

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So, the next time you’re suffering from cracked heels, try out these home remedies and see the difference. Share your views and experiences in the comments box below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/simrin/ Simrin

    very good article debolina!! thats very nice tips..helful in summer too :D

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

      Simrin..many thanks dear…i hope these help, are really easy to do at home!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/ujjwal/ Ujjwal

    nice article debolina!! :D

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

      Ujjwal..thnx a ton !

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/sunandhasai/ sunandhasai

    Thanks a lot debolina!! helpful tutorial!! :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

      Sunandhasai…thanks dear…these are indeed helpful and can be easily done at home…thnx for your response :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/tarunima/ Tarunima

    Nice post!! would be really really helpful.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

      Thanks Tarunima…these are really simple do at home types…so do try :-)

  • monica

    Love this site. Full of great tips.

  • jaosbo

    Anyone tried this on hands? My husband gets awful dry hands and just doesn’t noticed until it’s so bad they crack!

    • AJ

      my husband was working with mortar, and tile grout, and he knew his hands always gets rough and dry, sometimes even cracked. I had him rub in a small amount coconut oil and let it sit for just a few minutes, and then wipe any excess off. his hands did not get dry or anything Have your husband do this everyday, and it will help a lot, without a greasy feeling.

    • Jennifer Christy Tolentino

      Something similar to the paraffin treatment on here will work wonders for his hands. For it to be most effective use a rich moisturizing cream on the hands and then dip in melted paraffin. Cover in a plastic baggie so it doesn’t get everywhere and leave on for 20 minutes or longer. Do this daily until cracks are healed. After that once every week or so will help keep them in good shape. They have special warmers for paraffin wax but they can be expensive. You can easily melt the paraffin using a double boiler or in the microwave.
      A soothing sugar scrub can help remove dry rough skin too. Just combine sugar with whatever type of cooking oil you have and use it to gently scrub. You can add essential oils to the blend if you like. Lavender EO is very good for soothing skin. After scrubbing rinse with warm water and gently dry. Some oil will stay on the skin and form a protective barrier to help prevent future drying and damage.

    • k9saver

      coconut oil is the best and can add whatever essential oil, lavender is great.

  • merlena

    Great article! I make a homemade goat milk scrub with some of these ingredients and then massage some of my goat milk lotion on my feet at night. Made a huge difference!

  • Melindark

    Good information!
    My grandmother used Noxzema on her cracked heels, then wore white socks to bed. In the morning, her cracks were nearly gone!

  • Diana

    Good post. Very informative and actually helpful. The tips are easy and in detail. Thank you for explaining on how to prepare masks and apply it.

  • Vanessa Rainey Sellers

    Coconut oil is great too

    • Allie

      Agreed! Works wonders for me!

  • susan

    Sorry no petrochemicals paraffin wax and vaseline (considered potential carcinogens..) and when you say Veg. oil I would make sure it is olive or coconut, gmo-free. The rest looks great!

  • David

    I had a bad case and painted iodine over the whole area every night for a few months. It healed up very nicely.

  • Cori

    get insoles that are rounded at the heel and wear them every day. Cheap and the only solution that addresses the problem.

  • Dez

    I soak my feet in warm/hot water for about 30 mins at night, then glob on the vasoline.
    Now heres the trick of not ruining your sheets (because all of that stuff you put on your heals, soaks through your socks, and messes up your sheets!)…
    -Rip a ziplock bag on one side and wrap around your heals to the top of your foot. Then use tape to secure on your foot.
    -Then put your socks on.
    -Take off in morning, and your heals look and feel so much better!
    ~*~* I did want to say be careful when you step in the shower, you might slip!

  • LAVANYA

    great tips.olive oil is good to cure cracks on heel

  • RalphGordon

    steel brush or high grade asphalt would do for my foot.

  • DebbyRose

    I used to have horribly cracked heels. I bought a really fine callous remover file and I use it a couple times a week right after I get out of the shower and then put regular lotion on afterwards. It has worked better than anything else I’ve ever tried.

  • Anonymous

    vary useful tips and helpful can be easily done at home

  • Anonymous

    For a no need to buy anything solution-soak feet either while bathing or showering, or in a basin of nearly hot water , then use your fingernails to scrape off the dead skin-must be repeated over time til skin is smooth and repeated every so often to maintain, but so worth it. My Mom’s heals used to crack so badly that they would bleed and she used razor blades to remove the layers of dead skin–DANGEROUS- I noticed that the skin rubbed away after bathing and began to treat my feet this way. I let my Mom know about the results I was getting-she tried it and now her feet are smooth too!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Janis ! thank you for sharing your remedy with us :-)