Dry feet shouldn’t be taken lightly. If left untreated, it can form deep fissures, which can serve as entry points for disease-causing microorganisms. That’s why regular feet care is a must. To help you out, here are several natural home remedies for dry feet and heels.
Best natural at home remedies for dry feet and heels
1. Glycerin + Allantoin Creams
Almost all skin care products contain some amount of glycerin. And that’s great. This highly restorative and soothing compound effectively moisturizes your dry feet by readily attaching to your body oils. It also helps promote good circulation and fights off germs.
Allantoin, on one hand, encourages growth of new skin cells to hasten wound healing. It’s widely used for nappy rash, chapped lips, and sunburns.
Together, these two effectively moisturizes, protects, calms, and heals dry and irritated feet.
2. Virgin Coconut Oil
Fungal infections are often responsible for scaly, dry, itchy, and cracked skin. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) can help fight off fungal infections thanks to its fatty acids (lauric acid, capric, and caprylic acid). A study showed that these three are more potent antifungal agents compared to the antifungal drug fluconazole.
VCO also acts as a moisturizer. If you apply a liberal amount twice a day for 14 days, VCO can effectively hydrate and increase the lipid levels on your dry feet. (Lipids naturally seals in moisture to have a more long-lasting hydrating effect.)
Why exfoliate? Exfoliating your feet will help increased cell turnover, so newer and healthier skin cells will surface. It will also soften and smoothen your dry feet.
There are quite a number of exfoliating ingredients and recipes you can choose from. Here are a few examples:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar mixed with 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.
- Mix 120 mL of your favorite oil (almond, grapeseed, or olive oil) with 1/4 cup of sugar.
- Mix equal parts of honey and coffee.
The important thing you should remember when exfoliating is to never overdo it. Don’t scrub too hard for too long. It will only cause your skin to become drier and more irritated. Just gently massage the area using light pressure.
4. Eat Nutritious Foods
A dry, itchy, and scaly skin is often a sign of nutrient deficiency. Some of the vitamins and minerals you should look for in dietary supplements and foods are zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and vitamin B3 (niacin).
5. Lemon or Lemon Juice
Lemon acts as an astringent that removes dead skin cells to give way to softer and smoother skin. You can rub a slice of lemon directly to the affected area or mix it with other ingredients, like honey. Do this once or twice daily for a week, or until results are achieved.
Before you go all out, make sure to do a patch testing first. This is to ensure that it’s not too harsh for your skin.
What other treatments for dry feet can you share with everyone? I’d love to hear your suggestions!