As monsoon ends and winter approaches, there are whole host of conditions that our skin needs to deal with. Primarily, our skin may dry out, become itchy and peel away. One common problem that many of us may face are cracked heels. Learn some quick home remedies that can put those cracked heels to rest.

What is happening underneath the surface?

The issue of cracked heels ranges from an aesthetic issue to a painful recurring problem. The skin on the surface of the heel can become inflamed, itchy, red and start to peel away. Early measures can prevent the cracks from getting deeper and cause pain. Some common reasons for this condition is due to lack of moisture, ageing, dry air, unhealthy eating, improper foot-care, wearing incorrect shoes for your feet or standing for long periods of time on hard floors. Medical causes for cracked feet include psoriasis, eczema, corns, diabetes or dysfunction of the thyroid.

Common home remedies to prevent cracked feet

Here are some simple ways to treat your cracked heels right from home without spending a bomb.

Neem leaves

They are a great remedy to treat cracked feet. The anti-fungal properties in the neem can fight away the infection, soothe the irritated and dry skin. Just crush a handful of neem leaves until they become a paste and add 3 teaspoons of turmeric. Once the mixture has been mixed well, apply it into the cracks. Wash away after 30 minutes with warm water.

Paraffin Wax

Although it may seem strange to use the wax found in candles and preservatives on your feet, it is an excellent remedy. It can relieve your pain quickly and soften your skin. Create a mixture of 2 tablespoons of mustard oil and a block of paraffin wax by melting it in a pan. Allow the mixture to cool and place your feet in it. Remove after 5-10 seconds and dip your feet in again. You need to do this until there are many layers of wax built up on your feet. After the built up, cover your feet with plastic for half an hour. Then remove the plastic and peel the wax off your skin. The best relief is observed by undertaking this treatment 1-2 times in a week.

Lemons

They are great way to soften your skin, preventing it from cracking further. This is an easy remedy, just soak your feet in warm water with fresh lemon juice for 15 minutes. Then scrub your feet with a pumice stone and wash. You will feel your feet softening, this is due to the acidic nature of lemons.

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