What are cracked heels?
Cracked heels, also known as cracked heels, are a common problem where the skin on the heels becomes dry, hard and cracked. This condition can range from small, superficial fissures to deep, painful cracks.
Cracked heels are mainly caused by a lack of moisture and proper skin care in this area. Some factors that may contribute to the appearance of cracked heels include:
- Dry skin: Lack of adequate hydration in the feet can cause the skin to dry out and become more prone to cracking.
- Environmental exposure: Prolonged exposure to dry or hot environments, especially without adequate protection, can contribute to dryness and cracking of the heels.
- Excessive use of open-toed shoes: Constant use of sandals or open-toed shoes can cause the skin on the heels to be exposed to dryness and friction, increasing the risk of cracking.
- Genetic factorségenetic factors: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to have drier skin, which may increase the likelihood of cracked heels.
Cracked heels can not only be an aesthetic issue, but can also cause discomfort and pain when walking. In addition, deep cracks can be susceptible to infection if not properly treated.
To prevent cracked heels, we recommend the following:
- Regularmoisturizing: Apply daily a moisturizing cream or lotion specifically for the feet, paying special attention to the heels. You can use our calendula-based body repair cream, which leaves the skin moisturized, soft and silky to the touch. It also contains aloe vera, a natural ingredient with regenerating and moisturizing properties. You can also use natural oils and butters, such as shea butter, olive oil or almond oil to nourish the skin and prevent dehydration.
- Exfoliation exfoliation: Use a pumice stone or a file to smooth dry skin and remove dead skin cells from the heels. Perform this action gently and do not overdo it to avoid further irritating the skin.
- Use of appropriate socks and footwearUse cotton socks or breathable materials to keep moisture in and avoid excessive friction. In addition, choose closed-toe shoes that provide support and protection for the heels.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to dry environments: If you are in a dry environment, consider using nourishing creams or oils more frequently and protecting your feet with socks and closed-toe shoes.
- Drink enough water: Maintaining good hydration from within can also help keep skin in good condition, including heels.
If cracked heels are persistent or cause pain, it is advisable to consult a podiatrist or dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and further treatment recommendations.
Natural Remedies to treat cracked heels and have a soft skin
There are several natural remedies that can help treat cracked heels. Here are our favorites:
- Warm water soak: Soak feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes to soften the skin before treating cracked heels. Adding sea salt or essential oils such as lavender or tea tree to the water can provide additional benefits.
- Exfoliation with a mixture of sugar and oil: Mix granulated sugar with olive oil to create a natural exfoliant. Gently massage the mixture onto cracked heels to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface.
- Application of natural oils: Use natural oils such as almond oil, olive oil or rosehip oil on cracked heels. These oils help to nourish and soften the skin.
- Aloe vera: Apply fresh aloe vera gel to cracked heels. Aloe vera has moisturizing, healing and soothing properties that can help promote healing of cracks and relieve irritation.
- Shea butteréShea butter is known for its nourishing and softening properties. Apply a small amount of shea butter on cracked heels and massage gently until absorbed.
Remember that each person is different and may respond differently to natural remedies, but we assure you that, dedicating very little time a day, you will notice results very quickly.