A variety of factors contribute to dry skin on the feet and include such things as overexposure to water, vitamin deficiencies, bacterial infections, lack of air, and shoes that don’t fit well. However, you can help treat your dry skin and use common household items as natural remedies for dry, cracked heels just in time for sandal season.
Clean skin is essential for healthy skin on the feet. You can use white vinegar in natural remedies for many health problems, including softening dry skin on the feet. Along with your normal bathing routine, soak your feet in a mixture of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar and 2 gallons of warm water for 30-45 minutes once a week. If a bacterial infection is the problem, soak your feet in warm water and several drops of tea tree oil once a week. Tea tree oil, such as Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil, $6.99, at Walgreens, has antiseptic and antibacterial properties effective in treating fungal conditions. Exfoliate often with a pumice stone, such as the Revlon Pumice Stone, $3.49, at Target. You can also create a natural exfoliant by grinding rice into a powder, mixed with honey and cider vinegar.
A lack of natural oils in the skin contributes to dry skin on the feet. Moisturize your feet often keep the skin smooth and supple. Essential oils and common kitchen oils, such as olive oil, are fantastic natural remedies for dry skin. Combine a few tablespoons of olive oil with two drops of almond essential oil to create one natural remedy. Rub the oils on your feet with your hands or a cotton ball, paying particular attention to your dry, cracked heels and toes.
Soaking your feet and rubbing oils on your feet are great, temporary, natural remedies for dry skin on the feet. If you continue to experience problems, you should contact your doctor to talk about other issues that may cause the dry skin such as poor diet or vitamin deficiencies.