Say goodbye to the painful and unsightly cracks on your heels with these easy peasy tips.
Suffering from dry, cracked heels is a common issue among many, and it could be due to numerous reasons like prolonged standing or wearing the wrong shoes. While these cracks are generally minor (and unsightly), they could lead to pain and serious infections if left untreated. Here are some ways to smoothen your heels.
Leave your calluses and dead skin alone. While it may be tempting to pick at them, it may cause some serious infection if you’re not careful. Peeling away the protective layer of skin may also result in bleeding or pain.
As much as you spend a great deal of time finding the perfect moisturiser for your face, don’t neglect the rest of your body, especially your feet. Whether it comes to prevention or treatment, a good, trusty moisturiser can go a long way. However, it is important to note that consistency is key – moisturise your feet twice a day for best results. This retains moisture in your skin to keep your heels soft and smooth. One of our favourites is the Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturising Lotion ($19.90, leading supermarkets). It comes with a lightweight, non-sticky formula that can be readily absorbed by your skin. Plus points for its calm, soothing scent.
Use a smoothing cream
Investing in a smoothing cream can do wonders in relieving your painful cracked heels. Use it before going to sleep, put on some socks, and let the cream work its way into your skin. The cream gives your skin the extra moisture boost it needs to smooth out the rough, tough skin around your heels. We like Mario Badescu’s Elbow & Heel Smoothing Cream ($17, Sephora). Its creamy gel-like formula is super moisturising and comes with exfoliating properties. It’s also great for moisturising dry elbows.
Wear proper shoes
Being in poor-fitting shoes causes your heels to constantly rub against the back of your shoes, leading to calluses. Wearing open-back sandals also increases your risk of cracked heels as the fat under your heels gets pushed sideways.
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A lack of moisture is one of the most common reasons why those tough calluses are forming on your feet. Unlike the rest of your body, the skin around your heels has fewer sweat glands, making it prone to dryness. Besides tending to your feet directly, one of the ways to prevent dry heels is to keep yourself hydrated.
Use a foot mask
Your feet deserve some TLC after working hard to take you places all day. There are different types of foot masks – some exfoliate while others deliver intense moisture to the skin around your heels. Try the Starskin Magic Hour Exfoliating Double-Layer Foot Masks Socks ($24, Sephora). It removes dead skin and calluses through gentle exfoliation, promising to give baby soft feet.
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